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Upgrading Your Winter Gear by Cold Factor

  • Kempt Staff


Winter means different things to different people—as we speak, it’s already in the 30s on the Eastern Seaboard, while it’s still teetering upon 60 degrees out west.

That’s the difference between needing a light-gauge cashmere scarf and a hefty merino wool one (and only a month away from considering industrial-grade alpaca). So to help you find the right gear for what’s happening in your neck of the woods, we’ve put together:

The cold/frigid/freezing guide to your scarves, gloves and hats...»

Yard Workwear

  • Najib Benouar

Paul Newman

Now that your spring awakening should be in full swing, you’re going to want the proper attire for all the spring cleaning you’ll be doing this weekend (especially if you’re dusting off the push reel mower).

Sure, an old retired pair of jeans will do in a pinch, but there comes a point in the life of any piece of clothing when it’s been run too ragged to be of service (but hey, now you’ve got something authentically broken-in to wear fashionably).

The answer: something tougher than the workwear-inspired stuff that’s been floating around the Internet for the past few years now. We’re talking about real workwear. Stuff you don’t have to worry about beating up, because it was made for it—and because the price didn’t have the overseas shipping from a small artisan workshop in Japan built into it. We’re not guaranteeing all of this stuff will fit the same way, but you’ll be happy to have that extra give in your pants’ rise when kneeling down to change the spool in your edger.

Herewith, your head-to-toe yard workwear kit.»

What Your Gloves Say About You

  • Najib Benouar

By all accounts and weather forecasts, it’s glove season just about everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere—even California has been seeing temps drop perilously close to “brisk.”

And your last line of defense against that bone-chilling frigidness: a good pair of finger-sweaters.

So we went ahead and surveyed all of the hand-sheltering options out there to help you find the right ones—and in our long tradition of telling you what your sartorial choices are saying about you, we’ve put together a handy guide.

Here’s what the way you’re bundling up your mitts says about you.»

Get Kent

  • Najib Benouar

A few months back, we tipped you off to Kent Wang (he of cutaway-collared-polo-shirt Internet fame) opening a full online haberdashery—which was great news for handsomeness everywhere.

Now we’ve got even better news: our friends at UrbanDaddy Perks have just launched an exclusive with Kent Wang that will turn your $100 into $150 worth of buying power at his shop—nothing to scoff at with his reasonably priced wares. We’re talking a quintessential polo and a grenadine tie. Or deerskin gloves, a silk pocket square and mother-of-pearl cufflinks. Or halfway to his minimalist watch.

The possibilities are endless.

Not That, This: In Defense of Low-Tech

  • Najib Benouar

Clothing has seen a lot of great technological advancement in the past century—new-age nylon, moisture-wicking fleece, genetically modified gloves that work on touchscreens—more often than not, sacrificing some handsomeness in the process.

But last week’s post on tweed trumping tech in the blazer game reminded us that sometimes the choice between high-tech and high-handsome doesn’t have to be made—because the best-looking option also happens to work just as well as any newfangled technology.

So, herewith, your high-handsome alternatives to today’s high-tech jackets, sweaters and more.»

Car Talk

  • Najib Benouar

If any of your fall plans involve motoring around in a 1930s open-top roadster with the wind flapping at your driving scarf, you’ll be pleased to hear Bench & Loom has just launched a webshop-within-a-webshop dedicated to old-timey motoring.

Amongst the great finds are roadster goggles, a leather racing helmet, some handsome driving gloves (number one on our Fall Must Haves) and, yes, even a silk driving scarf. Though the best of the lot might be this archival quarter-zip sweater from Dehen.

Because you can wear it while driving a car from any era.

Introducing... The Fall Must-Haves

You might have noticed it’s feeling a little more autumnal today on Kempt—as if our digital leaves were turning and a brisk breeze were wafting the comforting smell of hard apple cider through your screen...

That feeling is emanating from our left-most column, where we’ve updated our Must Haves to reflect the season’s greatest wants and needs—amongst them hounds, houndstooth and some very lovely motherfucking decorative gourds. We invite you to take a look, make a mental note and remember that they’ll be right there all season, ready to be revisited should you ever need more inspiration for your autumnal endeavors.

Though you’ll have to stitch your own blanket of sweaters.

Our Five Favorite Things from the Todd Snyder Show

Last night, the Gods of Fashion Week brought us a fall/winter line from none other than Todd Snyder—one of our favorite new faces of last year. There was plenty to like at the show... but instead of the items themselves (which won’t be arriving in stores until August), we’d like to draw your attention to a few styling tricks that you can try out in time for this winter.

See our five favorite things from the Todd Snyder show»

Julia Stegner Is Suspicious of Anything Between Her and the Pool

Ride, Lara, Ride: Lara Stone takes a ride in an SL Roadster. Naturally, we are intrigued. [Selectism]

Our Powers Combine: The Ace Hotel teams up with Tokyo’s legendary Beams for a crop of handsome gear, including some of the best gloves we’ve seen all year. [T Magazine]

Gesundheit: A photoset proudly displaying the political handkerchiefs of the 19th century, in case you’ve ever wanted to blow your nose on a Whig. [Archival Clothing]

The World’s Largest Negroni Is Here: In New Orleans this summer, a group of well-dressed bartenders mixed together the largest Negroni on earth, equal to about 900 normal-sized cocktails. God bless America. [Vimeo]

The Perfect Winter Glove

Ladies and gentlemen, the perfect winter glove.

Normally, we’d dress this up by talking about the glove-based considerations in play, and how you’ll need different gloves for different occasions—but this is basically it. Leather on the outside, cashmere on the inside: that’s pretty much everything.

And since you timed it with a sale, you can pick them up for under $50.

The Rules of Winter

Winter is a challenge.

As always, you have to maintain your gruff-but-impeccable appearance, but you also have to navigate cold snaps and abruptly unseasonable weekends without getting too bulky. It’s a tightrope.

The good news is, we’ve got three hard-and-fast rules to keep you unencumbered through the season—and able to navigate any unexpectedly warm days that might pop up along the way.

Our three rules of winterizing»

Yvonne Strahovski Is Not Getting in the Pool

Scorpions are So On-Trend: A thorough examination of Ryan Gosling’s wardrobe in Drive. Knuckleless gloves come out pretty well. [Clothes on Film]

Fast Cars and Ugly T-Shirts: A look at the real von Dutch, a humble mechanic and motorcycle painter, before Audigier got his hands on the man. [The American Project]

Spun: As Moneyball approaches, here’s a list of reasons why some people already don’t like it. [Deadspin]

It’s Made of A Hundred Gutters That The Rain Can Run Right Through: In honor of corduroy season, here’s an incomplete list of songs involving corduroy. [The Awl]