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The August Issues: GQ, Esquire and Details

August Issues

Every month, we thoroughly examine the contents of GQ, Details and Esquire, so you don’t have to. This month’s breakdown—starring Bryan Cranston, Porsche 911s, Aubrey Plaza, fathers-in-law, biceps, porn star names, overcoats, Jon Voight, holograms, absinthe summer cocktails and words of wisdom from Richard Simmons—is after the jump.

Behold, the month in men’s lifestyle journalism...»

Doritos Locos, Vine Filmmakers and the Beginning of the End for the Hangovers

  • Kempt Staff


Batten Down the Hatches: A Continuous Lean showers praise on the outdoorsy outerwear brand Batten Sportswear.

The Bell Tolls: The harrowing tale of one woman’s destiny with Taco Bell’s latest chimera, a Cool Ranch Doritos Loco, as played out on a subway platform.

Super-Short Film: A few enterprising filmmakers have been honing their Vine craft—and Vulture rounds up the best six-second movies out there.

Back to Vegas: And now, the teaser trailer for the third and final installment of the Hangover trilogy.

Denim Jackets, Picking Pockets and Bankable Kickstarter Movies

  • Kempt Staff

Denim Jacket

Jacket-ology: GQ seems to agree with us about the denim jacket being a spring must-have: here’s a roundup.

Pickup Artist: For any aspiring pickpockets, Cool Material has assembled the seven seminal instructional videos on the subject.

Your Producer Credit Awaits: Daily Details rounds up the five films worth backing on Kickstarter.

Fresh Direct: Sample the finest restaurants around the country without having to leave your home—thanks to this list from First We Feast and the magic of mail-order food.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Dining Alone

  • Jason Wire

Dining Alone

Dinner plans: you’ve got ’em.

Tapas with friends. Family-style Italian feasts. Surf-and-turf date nights. Late-night tacos. Bottomless mimosa power brunches. All of which have one thing in common: other people.

Which, one could argue, is the entire point of eating. Hell, entire books have been written on this subject. But those who fear the company of no one are missing out on a truly noble and gratifying experience.

Which is why every once in a blue supermoon, it’s a good idea to dine alone. Not because you have to, but because you can. And just because you’ve chosen to spend the night in your own good company doesn’t mean microwavable burritos on your couch—in fact, we believe it should prompt the opposite.

And so allow us to present: the Gentleman’s Guide to Dining Alone.»

Taking Your Dad to Burning Man and Drinking Bourbon with Billy Reid

  • Kempt Staff

Burning Man

Feel the Burn: Wells Tower comes to grips with his father’s mortality and has his own first middle-aged experience—all while at Burning Man.

Fits the Bill: Southern gent and designer extraordinaire Billy Reid sits down with Gilt Manual to talk menswear and drink bourbon.

Do as the Roman: Our old pal Roman Coppola shares his cultural diet with Details.

Tick Talk: Some good pointers for the beginner vintage watch collector, courtesy of Gear Patrol.