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Dear Gawker: Unionmade Is Just the Beginning

  • Kempt Staff

On Friday, Gawker caused an uproar when they realized one of the pillars of rustic #menswear, Unionmade, was actually the name of a men’s shop in San Francisco and not a place to buy goods solely made by unionized laborers. We’ll overlook the fact that they’re three years late to the party (the shop opened in 2009) and say this: we’re outraged, too. And this isn’t the first time we’ve been bamboozled by shrewd corporate name-jockeying. (An Apple Store that doesn’t sell apples? Come on!) And we can’t keep quiet any longer...

Herewith, an airing of grievances with stores who promised us one thing, only to disappoint us with another (while dangling free shipping if we upgraded to Prime).»

Ms. Lima, Mr. Balk, and Mr. Mantegna


Cover Girl: Adriana Lima’s in the running for the new face of Givenchy. We’ll start lobbying now. [The Cut]

Awl of Me: The new ex-Gawker news site wastes no time in going after New York Magazine. Editors, lock up your trend pieces. [The Awl]

Fat Tony: Joe Mantegna continues to be one of our favorite people. [A. V. Club]

Go East, Young Man: Russian sportswear is far more complex and symbolically loaded than we ever would have thought. Spoiler alert: numerology is involved. [The Moment]

Crash Course


You might think Fashion Week would be drama enough, but there’s always room for a little more.

FashionIndie President Daniel Saynt just cancelled all the site's upcoming events, video premieres, and a good chunk of their Fashion Week coverage, and announced a lawsuit against the New York Observer. The lawsuit is in response to a catty lead paragraph from last week’s paper that called them out on crashing fashion week events…but don’t worry if things don’t quite add up. It’s not just you.

Frankly, we thought Saynt & Co. took pride in the occasional gatecrash, but calling off their own parties smacks of desperation and—even worse—thin skin. Calling in a lawyer is the weakest play in the book, and it’s simply not the blogger way. If you can’t take a jab or two from a broadsheet, how are you going to survive Gawker?

For goodness sakes, this is the internet.

Logos, Ads, and the Murricane


No Logo: The logo of every superbowl, including at six that have been won by the steelers…in case you’ve forgotten. [NotCot]

Ad-tion: Gawker’s top five superbowl ads of all time, sadly devoid of sassy CGI animals. [Gawker]

Fast Cars: Kanye goes to Paris…or should we say KANYE GOES TO PARIS!!!! [Kanye West]

This is the Story of the Murricane: Bill Murray gets a signature cocktail. [NYTimes]

Ms. Blanchett, Schvitzing, and New Year’s Eve


Cate the Great: Cate Blanchett is too normal to make for a good profile…but she makes a great Cleopatra. [Vanity Fair]

Tick Tock: Gawker’s list of the five types of New Year’s Eve party does not include the drug-fueled bacchanal we were hoping for. [Gawker]

It’s Getting Hot in Here: ACL gets a visit from the ghost of schvitzes past. [A Continuous Lean]

Your Name In Lights: New York’s eleven favorite billboards, featuring no less than two enormous instances of Eva Mendes. [Racked]

Johnny Cash, A Few Little Pieces, and Ebeneezer Hirst


Being Johnny Cash: A user’s guide to dressing like Johnny Cash. [AskMen]

It’s a Shame About Wray: Esquire celebrates the polyvocal John Wray. Apparently he does a great Howard Cosell. [Esquire]

From Whence it Came: James Frey interns at Gawker, basically just to mess with them. [Gawker]

The Hirst who Stole Christmas: Together with this, he’s probably due to be visited by ghosts by now. Bah, humbug! [Hint]

Going Mad


Retro-appeal has been around for as long as there have been old clothes, but the version you find in *Mad Men* is definitely more obsessive than the *Happy Days* model. From the size of the xerox machine to the number of stripes in Draper’s tie, each frame is the product of obsessive research.

Of course, that means it attracts fans who are just as obsessive. The result is this post from graphic designer Mark Simonson, cataloging the anachronisms the show has racked up over its first 23 hours. Of course, he mostly focuses on the font-based transgressions—Arial in the credits? How dare they!—but we’re sure there are an equal number of fashion transgressions waiting to be dug up by an enterprising menswear designer. Better get cracking, kids.

For our part, we noticed Joan delivering Peggy’s promotion with the quip, “Medium is the Message,” a full three years before Mr. McLuhan coined the phrase. Let’s just say she’s ahead of her time.

Counterfeits, ScarJo, and Plaid


The Impostor: A tour of some of the more innovative uses of the Louis Vuitton pattern, not counting Mr. Murakami. [Gawker]

Scarlett Fever: A critical consideration of Scarlett Johansson. With bikini pics. [ThisRecording]

Tartan Love: A user’s guide to the plaid suit. [AskMen]

Kind of Gray: Style tips to see you through the non-summer months. Don’t forget your mittens. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Haterwatch: Olympic Edition


Apparently not everyone shares our sanguine take on Ralph Lauren’s Olympic uniforms. In fact, so far the web response to the outfits has been positively bloodthirsty.

Gawker—a reliable snark purveyor—calls out the polo logo for upstaging the Olympic rings. It’s true that the logo makes the branding play a little more shameless than it might have been, but that’s the American way. We’re building a brand here! This is for the good of the nation!

Scrambling for more angry voices, Gawker quotes a commenter on a fairly benign Project Rungay post, saying “They made the team look like a 1948 yacht club.” But, of course, that’s the whole point.

And, in case you were curious about the other, more hallucinatory parts of the pageantry, you can catch a colorful overview here.