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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]