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What Is a Fedora, Anyway?

  • Kempt Staff
What Is a Fedora, Anyway?

The fedora has gotten a bad rap over the years, and most of it’s been due to the confusion surrounding what constitutes a real fedora.

Even though you’d probably easily recognize the difference between the proper fedoras worn by the Bogarts of yesteryear and the stingy-brimmed abominations of classic trilbies or porkpies worn by boy-band types and  lonely nerds when shown side by side, the stigma persists. And more than anything it’s a matter of ignorance—or worse, indifference—which is something we can’t let stand.

So, in the event you’d like to pick up your own fedora—in straw form for the summer, or in the traditional felt—we’ve put together this handy guide on what’s a fedora and what is not...

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...»

The Six Ball Caps to Consider

  • Kempt Staff


The days when only the ballplayers wore caps are long gone.

Which is not entirely a bad thing. Now that the sun has returned, you’ll want something with a brim within arm’s reach—and your least fussy option is a ball cap. And luckily, these days there are plenty of menswear-leaning options out there—beyond the old team logo—fashioned from seersucker, Italian cotton and more summer-friendly materials.

Here are the six ball caps to consider this season...»

LL Cool J’s Greatest Hats


Rapper. Actor. Fitness guru. Awards show host...

LL Cool J has worn a lot of hats over the years. (Most of them Kangol.)

And since he’s reprising his standing gig as host for the Grammys for the third time in a row this weekend, we thought we’d take a look back at how the man known as Ladies Love Cool James has managed to stay relevant over the past three decades. (Hint: it’s the hats.)

Wherein we look back at LL Cool J’s dizzying array of headwear over the years...»

The Seven Warmest Hats on Earth


All right, so it turns out that you don’t really lose most of your body’s heat through your head.

Go figure.

But with winter quite literally a week away and everything weather-wise that entails, you’re regardless going to find yourself wanting some hearty scalp protection right quick—if you haven’t already. And in that respect we’ve got you covered, having rounded up the best options out there to keep things balmy, and handsome, all winter long.

Without any further ado, we present: the Seven Warmest Hats on Earth, after the jump...»

The Stat Sheet: Ovadia & Sons Beaver Fedora

  • Najib Benouar

Ovadia_0310__32324_zoom It will be hat season again before you know it.

And in the way of autumnal toppers, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more ideal specimen than this beaver-pelted fedora from Ovadia & Sons. Here’s what else you need to know.

The Story: Since the days of Daniel Boone, the beaver pelt has been coveted for its natural resistance against the elements—its waterproof properties made it especially good for headwear during the wetter months.

Who to Channel: Humphrey Bogart, if Casablanca had been set in the 1600s on the Hudson Bay; a GQ editor on the fall menswear show circuit in Europe.

When to Wear It: Now through winter’s end—should you be stepping out on a wet, snowy or unseasonably cold day.

Degree of Difficulty: Medium to high. Over the past half century, the hat has gone from a standard item of menswear to veering upon affectation. A suit, a tailored overcoat and a cocksure tilt should have you in the realm of the former.

Your moment of inspiration, after the jump:»

The Kempt Five

  • Najib Benouar

Kempt Five

Every Wednesday from here on out, we’re giving you a piece of our minds. Actually, more like five pieces. It’s a chance to get a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick—you know, beyond the usual Internet handsomeness we’re serving up daily. So welcome to our most personal weekly feature: The Kempt Five.

Without further ado, the Tumblrs, music and tuxedo slippers we’re digging this week.»

Head to Toe: Seersucker

  • Najib Benouar


Around Derby weekend, the seersucker suit gets all the attention.

But the fabric itself is so versatile—and cooling, with its uneven weave lifting the cotton off your skin and leaving hundreds of tiny pockets of air to cool you. So, in the event you’d like to outfit another part of your body with seersucker—say, your neck, or your feet—we’ve gone ahead and found enough gear to swathe you from head to toe in the legendarily cooling fabric. Now, we’re not saying you should try wearing every single piece here at once...

But we’re not not saying that either.»

Your Straw Hat Hookup

  • Kempt Staff

bhat Consider this a late-breaking addition to last week’s five best straw hats out there...

It’s the Biarritz from legendary milliners Worth & Worth, woven from a sturdy brisa straw in a bright tobacco shade and banded with a ribbon in a spot-on blogger blue. It also just so happens that our friends at UrbanDaddy Perks are turning your $100 into $150 at Worth & Worth—it's extra buying power that you can put toward this beauty or any one of their many spectacular straw toppers, ready for the warmer months ahead.

In fact, let’s take a look at a few more of our favorites.»