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Grooming Tips from the Man Who Tamed Wolverine’s Muttonchops

Men's Groomer

With The Wolverine hitting theaters this weekend, Hugh Jackman has been doing the press rounds. And he’s been doing so while magnificently well-coifed.

In other words: not looking a thing like the terrifyingly hirsute beast he plays in the movie.

But Hugh doesn’t just roll out of bed looking that good—the man behind turning Wolverine back into a normal-looking person is a guy who goes by “The Men’s Groomer,” Jason Schneidman. We caught up with Jason, who’s working with Dove Men+ Care, to talk beard maintenance, re-handsome-ing up Hugh Jackman, how to get the JFK cut and more.

Jason Schneidman on the perils of grooming Wolverine, turning Rob Lowe into JFK and Abe Lincoln’s terrible chinstrap.»

Epaulet’s New Made-to-Measure Shirts, Sporting Fashion and the Most Stylish TV Characters

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Haircuts

Hair Force One: Gilt Manual has some ideas for your next visit to the barbershop, now that you’re ready for an old-school cut.

Good Shirt: Oxford cloth shirt aficionado Wax Wane has the lowdown on Brooklyn shop Epaulet’s new made-to-measure shirt operation.

Fast Fashion: T Magazine explores the recent uptick in the intersection between sports gear and menswear.

On a Role: Vanity Fair counts down the 10 most fashionable characters on television right now.

Dioni Tabbers Runs a Tight Ship

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Gangnam-busters: A journalist who grew up Gangnam-style explains life in the suddenly-most-well-known neighborhood ever, and the official birth of irony in Korea. [The Atlantic]

Tweezin’ Season: A master class in eyebrow maintenance—for guys not named Anthony Davis. [Details]

Scotch, Neat: The next time you find yourself in need of a bang-up haircut—while in Edinburgh—this is your place. [NY Times]

Game On: Vanity Fair tallies up President Obama’s impressive in-office sports résumé. [VF Daily]

Your Last Look at Jose Reyes’s Dreads

Taking a page out of George Steinbrenner’s grooming guide, Florida Marlins owner David Samson made it clear over the weekend that Jose Reyes, the team’s shiny new $106 million shortstop, would be forced to cut the dreadlocks he’s been sporting for most of his career. “The answer is, there’ll be team rules,” Samson said. “Everyone follows the team rules, whatever they are.”

And if he’s considering throwing a hissy fit like the one Hanley Ramirez threw in 2009 when the same issue arose, Reyes should be aware that the Marlins’ official barber is also a surly-looking ex-con.

We sure hope the 347 or so fans who watch games at Sun Life Stadium enjoy the new cut.

Ben Affleck Is Not Justin Bieber

Ben Affleck used to be as reliably close-cropped as anyone in Hollywood—but it would appear those days are over.

Any discussion about Ben Affleck’s more recent coiffure these days seems to liken his man-mop to Justin Bieber’s, inferring that the 39-year-old A-list actor/director/father of three is taking style advice from a barely pubescent half-pint crooner (who, incidentally, is no longer rocking his own haircut).

In actuality, Mr. Affleck is starring in (and directing) the film Argo, set in 1979 and based on the true story of how the CIA used a fake sci-fi film to rescue Americans during the Iran hostage crisis—and he’s doing so alongside John Goodman and Alan Arkin. That’s about as un-Bieber as it gets, if you ask us.

Here are a few photos from the set...»

Grooming On The Big Screen: The Royal Tenenbaums

Most people, when they think of Richie Tenenbaum (or dress as him for Halloween), opt for the shaggy incarnation on the left. But we’d like to direct your attention to the grizzly suicide scene—particularly the fact that, despite all the gloom, Richie actually gives himself a pretty impressive cut.

Granted, we tend to be a bit “Greatest Generation” when it comes to gentlemanly grooming. More often than not, we look favorably upon the man who decides his Christ-like/Bin Laden-esque days of hair maintenance are behind him. But despite the competition—including notable cuts in Castaway and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind—this particular cinematic shearing is executed to perfection.

First, let’s review the scene...»

Be All That You Can Be (But Get a Haircut)

On the heels of last week’s (relatively) successful resolution in Libya, President Obama’s announcement on Sunday that all troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year signifies the beginning of what is likely to be the steepest drop in active service men and women in recent US history.

And the perfect time, according to Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler, to tighten up grooming standards.

“I believe that we can better visualize to the American people and the Army what it means to be an American soldier than we’re doing now,” Chandler told Army Times. “Those can be done through personal grooming standards and standards of appearance and the uniforms we wear and how we choose to wear them. I think we can do better. Now’s the time to take a look at it.”

How high and tight is the Sergeant Major looking to go?»

Adriana Lima Is Celebrating Earth Day

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Activist

And So Can You: The Gentleman’s Quarterly rounds up an eco-friendly dozen of femme fetales. [GQ]

Go For the EGOT: R. Pat’s newest leading lady is enormously accomplished. We still contend that her work went downhill after Operation Dumbo Drop. [Vulture]

Give Us the B. Gibb: A visual compendium of notable haircuts in popular music 1945-present. Your barber should be pleased. [Visual News]

The Other Half: It’s time to take a serious look at madras, beyond the shirt. F/M puts together a solid roundup of the Indian cloth woven into shorts. [FREE/MAN]

Zooey, Boats and Cowboy Shirts

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The Eyes!: Nylon turns its lens to Ms. Zooey Deschanel. Yes, we’re still listening to that album. [FashionIndie]

Highlights for Kids: A field guide to the hairstyles of the tasteless. [Men.Style]

Cowboy Up Yet Again: A longform journalist peeks into the troubled soul of the inventor of the cowboy shirt. [Design Observer]

On Sail: A boat catalog circa 1969, with only the best in nautical graphic design.[A Continuous Lean]