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An All-Japanese Shop Pops Up in Brooklyn

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

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Tonight: Williamsburg does its best Okinawa, as Hickoree’s becomes Hickoree’s Japan.

The three-week pop-up shop is taking over Floor Two with an entirely Japanese-crafted collection, as 20-plus makers deliver exclusive collaborations amidst a slew of inventory debuting stateside for the first time ever.

Take a closer look at the goods you won’t be finding anywhere else.»

When Menswear Shops Meet Menswear Designers

0507-Kempt-Shops-HEADER-Context-Schott Historically, there’s been a pretty wide creative divide between the guys designing your clothes and the folks selling them.

But as of late, we’ve noticed a rash of new joint projects emerge, connecting innovative designers with our favorite menswear shops across the country. And we certainly won’t say we’ve hated it. So to honor this newfound camaraderie, we’ve taken a moment to round up the handsomest final products of their collaborative efforts.

What happens when menswear shops meet menswear designers, after the jump...»

Go Beyond the White Canvas Sneaker This Spring

  • Najib Benouar

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Now that you’ve made the all-important seasonal footwear shift, it’s time to start thinking about your canvas sneakers.

You may have noticed over the past weekend: you weren’t the only person wearing a pair of white canvas sneakers—or “plimsolls” to the Anglophiles—not by a long shot. Hence, it might be time to start considering a pair cut from a different, more colorful cloth.

Herewith, the seven not-white cotton sneakers to consider for spring...»

Sneak Peek: Hickoree’s Summer Sample Sale

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

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Sale season’s in the air, and the second annual summer sample shindig over at Hickoree’s is at the top of our weekend to-do list.

For today and tomorrow only, they’ve turned Floor Two into a pseudo-warehouse pop-up, packed to the beams with overstock and never-produced samples from five stellar NYC brands.

Designers from Stanley & Sons, Left Field, Battenwear, 8.15 August Fifteenth and The Hill-side will all be stopping by the scene, so there’s a pretty good shot you’ll be able to seek styling advice straight from the source.

We swung by last night to check the scene and found everything from swim trunks to trousers, shearling bombers, anoraks, henleys, oxfords, ties, tees and seriously handsome bags, among a host of other gems. They’ve even brought in a rack of goods for the ladies in your life by way of 8.15.

Here’s a closer look at what to expect...»

The Weekend Sales Report Card

  • Kempt Staff

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We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend, …

For That Movie Release Party: Just in time, Brooks Brothers is offering 25% off all merchandise—including their entire Gatsby-inspired collection—with the code FNFBB6. Discount: A- Sizes Available: A Selection: A

For a Little Style and Substance: Save 20% on all regularly-priced merchandise at Chicago-based menswear purveyor Haberdash, with the code MAY20. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A-

For a Last Minute Mother’s Day: Enter the code SPEEDYDELIVERY at steven alan by 4:59PM today, and get free messenger service in Manhattan for purchases over $150. Trust us, Mom will appreciate it. Discount: A Sizes Available: N/A Selection: N/A

More of the good stuff on sale after the jump.»

All the Handsome Ties Your Spring Requires

  • Najib Benouar

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As you might have noticed around these parts, we’re excited about the impending onset of spring.

And one of our favorite things to watch during this season shift is the cottons, chambrays and linens replacing all that wool and tweed—something you can start doing immediately when it comes to your neckwear. To show you what we’re talking about, we’ve rounded up a dozen of the finest examples of spring neckwear on the market right now.

Heralding spring, neck first.»

Hickoree’s Big Ol' Winter Sale

  • Kempt Staff

Just when you thought all of the year-end sale madness was tapering off, the fine fellows at Hickoree’s Hard Goods have just launched their “Big Ol’ Winter Sale” with all of the rusticated menswear they’re known for marked down as low as 50% off—like this Black Watch hopsack blazer from Gitman Vintage, or this Melton wool parka from Batten, or this Aztec-pattern sweater from Levi’s Made & Crafted. Needless to say, you’ll want to strike while the iron is hot.

A closer look at our favorites after the jump. »

You’re Hiding from Something...

  • Najib Benouar

It seems we just can’t get enough of camouflage these days—whether it’s heritage labels digging up archival patterns or technocrats devising new algorithms to make soldiers even more invisible. But central to the idea of camo is blending into your natural surroundings (whether it be woodland, desert or SoHo) and effectively hiding from something or someone. So we’ve decided to take stock of the camo patterns that have arrived on the scene in the past year—from spiraling giraffes to Vietnam-era stripes—and give our best interpretation of the perceived disguising agent of each.

What you appear to be hiding from, according to your camo shirt, vest and/or shoehorn...»

The Ties of Spring

With winter safely in the rear-view mirror, there’s a whole new breed of tie up for grabs. Forget the gray wools and somber brown hues. Now that the sun is out, we’re more partial to raw silks, textured cotton and madras ties—the rare breed of neckwear that actually looks good on a beach. And in case you want to join in the celebration, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite examples after the jump.

See a few of our favorite spring ties»