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Gay Talese on Well-Tailored Journalism, Filmic Watering Holes and Dressing Like Tintin

  • Kempt Staff


Honor Thy Tailor: Gay Talese explains how being a good writer is like being a good tailor: “make the stitching last.”

Drink It In: Ten iconic cinematic bars Cool Material would like to have a drink at—we’ll get the next round.

Tin Can: Todd Snyder finds some inspiration in Tintin’s international gumshoe cartoon style.

Eye Opening: GQ visits the brand-new minimalist eyewear shop from Garrett Leight that’s bright enough to make you want to wear sunglasses indoors.

Kempt Man of the Hour: Gay Talese

Gay Talese

Raise a glass for the old guard.

Our latest MOTH comes from Paris Review’s Spring Revel, which saw Gay Talese in classic form, complete with banker’s collar, English-style DB and martini in hand. We assume he left his hat at the coat check.

It’s a beautiful thing, not least because Talese has been hitting this circuit (and that cocktail) since before most of us were born. And the getup still looks good. A couple decades down the road, it’ll still look good, right down to the rumpled silk pocket square.

In other words, classic style has its benefits.

Adriana Lima Owns Many Many Curtains

Adriana Limavia WBE

The Thrifter Cometh: Jesse Thorn of Put This On gets the web-feature treatment. The man knows his sizes. [GQ]

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Camo: A truly exhaustive guide to the camos of the world. Does this mean Nick Wooster was in the French Army? [Complex]

Carnie Wisdom: A gentleman’s guide to winning carnival games. Apparently the world of the carnie is magical and secretive. [Art of Manliness]

Technicolor: A colorful look at New York in the ’50s, including one of the best photos of Gay Talese we’ve ever seen. [Driven]

Freida Pinto is Hungry Like the Wolf

Cash, Money, Clothes: Jesse Thorn’s love of fine tailoring gets him in trouble with haters, forcing him to drop some science. [Put This On]

Borne Back Ceaselessly into Menswear: A style appreciation of F. Scott Fitzgerald. We’ll say it: the man could pull off a three-piece. [Apartment Therapy]

A Growing Demographic: Seven ruthlessly calculated pitches for TV ads to appeal to the stoner market. “Finish with a clip of a coconut being drunk through a straw by a monkey sitting next to a waterfall and four seconds of an MGMT song where they aren’t talking about trees.” [GOOD]

On the Case: The Brooks Brothers guide to your work bag. Whether you wear a suit to work turns out to be pretty important. [Rogues & Gentlemen]

Hayley Atwell is Windswept

Hayley Atwell

Miss America: Captain America’s lady friend gets a moment in the spotlight. [BlackBook] The Double Breast: Ovadia & Sons continues to knock it out of the park. Extra credit for those shantung ties. [Sartorially Inclined] The Great: An interview with the man behind Kitsune, and their latest Gatsby obsession. [GQ]

Getting Personal: Jesse Thorn & Co. get a sit-down with Gay Talese, and talk about finding your groove. [Put This On]

You Are Being Photographed

Magic Fingers: We can all be proud to live in a world in which Jeff Goldblum plays an unannounced jazz piano set outside Coachella. [Pop & Hiss]

Camo & Madras: The latest in Gitman-related handsomeness. [Valet]

Dunking Over the Paywall: The Gray Lady stops by for a chat with Kempt icon Walt Frazier. [NYTimes]

Pouf, and He’s Gone: Gay Talese takes a stand in favor of the linen pocket square. [Gilt Manual]

Maybe it’s the Heat


Dog Days: Uma Thurman channels languor for Harper’s Baazar UK. [FashionIndie]

If the Pants Do Not Fit…: O.J.’s acquittal suit goes on the block, destined for the closet of the most morbid rich person in L.A. County. [L.A. Times]

Face the Truth: Ecko’s crew rounds up a few of the world’s more notable facial tattoos. Not a pretty picture. [Complex]

New New Journalism: Breaking: Gay Talese is a bit of a dandy. [Men.Style]