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Chanel Iman Has Never Seen a Hobbit

  • Kempt Staff

That’s My Bag: Ghurka is photographing the contents of the bags of dapper gentlemen—and finds some surprises from a buttoned-up black-tie type: boxing gloves, poker chips and shotgun shells. [Driven] Get Socked: The case for relegating your holiday-patterned goodness to your feet, in the form of Fair Isle socks. [Valet] Barneys Rubble: An in-depth profile of shopping institution Barneys New York and the man who decided to buy it. [NY Times] Croc to the Future: As the 80th anniversary of their iconic crocodile approaches, Lacoste celebrates with this whimsical video. [Esquire]

Ghurka x Beams+ Ups Your Luggage Game

  • Najib Benouar

Whether by plane, train or automobile, odds are, you’ll be doing some holiday voyaging in the near future. Odds are, you also always try to carry on. (Busy times, these.)

Luckily, the luggage experts at Ghurka and the Americana-philes at Beams+ have just unveiled some luggage in black Norwalk twill, including Ghurka’s perfectly carry-on-able classic weekender, the Cavalier II No. 97.

Since you’ve likely already upgraded your holiday travel-wear, it’s high time you did the same with your luggage. The entire collection has a few more pieces of luggage, a briefcase and a gear bag—all in the black Norwalk twill exclusive to this collaboration.

See the rest of the collection after the jump.»

The Dilemma of the Roller Bag

This note recently arrived in the Kempt inbox, timed for a February getaway:

I am looking for a leather or canvas traveling roller bag. Enough to fit a decent wardrobe. My J&M is falling apart and I wanted something with style. Any suggestions?

It’s a simple question, but a tough one. We prefer to stay far away from roller bags—just as we prefer to travel by convertible, bullet train or hydrofoil—but life is not always as we’d like it to be. Sometimes you need to leave your weekender bag at home in favor of something that fits in an overhead compartment and doesn’t strain your shoulder.

Handsomeness usually comes in a distant third, but it doesn’t have to. At least, not if you’re buying the right bag...

Our favorite roller bags, for use in emergency»

Katharine McPhee Is in an Undisclosed Location

Smash, Grab: In a remarkable show of restraint, GQ makes it all the way through their Katharine McPhee profile without using the phrase “legs for miles.” [GQ]

Mr. Hilton, We Presume: Classic Norman Hilton ads are the most #menswear thing we’ve ever seen. [Ivy Style]

Eyes Forward: The McKays weigh in on the importance of eye contact, both socially and professionally. If you need proof, just ask Phil Collins. [Art of Manliness]

The Ghurka Troupe: Our automotive sister site visits Ghurka’s brand-new NYC flagship store. Handsome bags. [Driven]

The Hard-Shell Ghurka


There are a lot of steamer trunks out there, but if you’re going post-colonial, you can’t do better than the Ghurka bag. (Sorry, Wes.)

We don’t mean the softer bags they’re selling nowadays—although they aren’t bad for starters. We mean the hard-shell cases that used to be cobbled together by a grizzled Italian craftsman…that is, until he died and turned the whole line into collector’s items. These days, a complete set will cost you a couple month's salary, but it’s worth it for the old world touches you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

From the perfectly tanned leather to the impeccable stitching and metalwork, this is the genuine article so many other hard shell cases are imitating. It'll take some legwork to find your own set, but it should be more than worth it.

See more shots of the Ghurka cases»