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The Weekend Sales Report Card

  • Kempt Staff


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 the Southern Dandy: Sid Mashburn has just knocked 25% off a handsome lot of blazers, shorts and other assorted Southern dapperness. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A+

For the Citified Prep: Take an extra 40% off sale items at Steven Alan with the code GOINGGONE40. Discount: A Sizes Available: B+ Selection: A

For the Neo-Americana: Hickoree’s Hard Goods is in the midst of final summer markdowns with 40% to 60% off. Discount: A Sizes Available: B Selection: B

More of the good stuff on sale from favorites like Sleepy Jones, Club Monaco and others after the jump.»

The Weekend Sales Report Card

  • Kempt Staff


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 the Luxe Steals: Todd Snyder just upped the ante on his summer sale with up to 75% off his spring gear. Discount: A+ Sizes Available: B- Selection: B+

For the Alabaman Handsomeness: Billy Reid just kicked off his summer sale season with up to 60% off his Southern fineries. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: B+ Selection: A-

For the Rugged Menswear: A fresh new batch of markdowns from 20% to 50% off have just hit the webshop at Hickoree’s Hard Goods. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A- Selection: A-

More of the good stuff on sale from favorites like Stag, Ralph Lauren and more after the jump.»

Measuring Up Your Swimwear Options


The beach prep’s almost complete.

You’ve already determined your stance on tank tops, bought a beach blanket and assessed what it takes to don a Hawaiian shirt. And that’s all a great start. But the true be-all and end-all of summer readiness is deciding exactly how much pre-knee skin you’re willing to show. It’s a choice that’s left many a man blushing and befuddled, and that’s where we come in.

Now, you’ve probably seen the articles on swimwear selection that lump suits into classes like “the European,” “the confident man” and “the grandfather.” But we don’t believe in that sort of unnecessary categorization. Instead, we’d like to put on display the whole host of diverse beachwear selection. And show you that with a little strut in your step, any length will do just fine.

Accompany us after the jump, where we’ve organized all of your finest choices in swimsuiting by length of inseam—from boardshort to banana-hammock...»

Considering the Beach Blanket

Beach Blanket

With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, it’s hopefully just a matter of time before we’re all feeling a little sand between our toes. And when that day comes, the difference between you and the next schlub will be that you took the time to prepare for the occasion.

Right now, though, we’re not talking about packing sunscreen or deciding on your level of thigh exposure. (Though we’ll most certainly get there.) No, today we’d instead like to examine that essential component of any sunbather’s seaside HQ: the beach blanket. Whether it’s adorned with a bikinied lady friend or simply keeping sand out of the potato salad, no day at the shore is complete without one. And there are some handsome options in the menswear market that are more than worthy of your consideration, available as we speak.

So we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a few of the most beach-worthy blankets we could find, just for you...»

The Weekend Sales Report Card: Memorial Day Blockbuster Edition

  • Kempt Staff

Weekend Sales

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... and this one is shaping up to be a real doozy.

For the Billy Reid Effect: Mr. Reid is shaving 20% or more off a wide range of menswear—it’s heavy on the shirts, but there are some blazers and even sweaters in the mix. Discount: B Sizes Available: B- Selection: B+

For the Single-Needle Shirting: Steven Alan is knocking 50% off a good selection of menswear—you can find some steals if you get lucky with the sizes. Discount: A+ Sizes Available: C+ Selection: A-

For the Hard-to-Find Euro Brands: Take 30% off everything in the webshop at C’H’C’M’ with the code Memorial through Monday. Discount: A Sizes Available: A Selection: A+

For the Americana-Heads: Left Field and sister brand Choctaw Ridge are taking 15% off their entire stock with the code Memorial15. Discount:B Sizes Available: A Selection: B+

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

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.»

The Stat Sheet: Levi’s Vintage Clothing Bomber Jacket

  • Najib Benouar

Levi’s Vintage Clothing Bomber Jacket

We’ve been noticing more and more suede bomber jackets on the menswear scene lately, but mostly they’ve been in the usual sandy shade of buckskin.

So when this navy number from Levi’s Vintage Clothing landed at Hickoree’s Hard Goods this week, we were pleasantly surprised. Naturally, it’s got all the period-specific sturdiness you’ve come to expect from LVC, but here’s what else you need to know. The Story: LVC is dedicated to reproducing archival Levi’s pieces—even down to the “pine tree” green jacket label of this 1960s-era bomber jacket—and this one is based on a WWII-inspired bomber jacket in a luxurious navy sheepskin suede.

Who to Channel: You’ll want to land somewhere between Chuck Yeager and Tom Cruse in Top Gun. (So cool it on the “fist pumping while motorcycling alongside fighter jets” thing.)

When to Wear It: Right about now, as long as rain isn’t in the forecast.

Degree of Difficulty: Medium to high, actually. Even though it seems the suede bomber is making a comeback, the years of billowy excess and mob ties have given the jacket a bit of a bad rap. In other words: keep it classy.

A moment of inspiration, after the jump.»

Teen Jeopardy, Badassery and Duckie Brown’s Style Advice

  • Kempt Staff


Sold in Bundles: Valet uncovers the ingenious Japanese retail tradition of furoshiki—and how Hickoree’s Hard Goods is employing it to fantastic effect with their pocket squares and bandanas.

I’ll Take YOLO for $18,000, Alex: Grantland recounts the story of the greatest contestant of Teen Jeopardy—nay, of all Jeopardy history: a gutsy olive-shirted wunderkind named Leonard Cooper.

Getting Personal: BuzzFeed catches up with the gents behind Duckie Brown to break down the four things every guy should know about personal style.

Tie Optional: Just in case Justin Timberlake has yet to make it totally clear that he’s definitely on his “suit and tie shit,” Esquire has the final cut of his with-artistic-director-Tom-Ford video.

Navigating Cyber Monday

  • Najib Benouar

Your cure for this epic case of the Mondays you’ve got right now: stocking up on some new threads at Cyber Monday prices.

Basically, the entire Internet is on sale today, so there’s a lot to wade through. Luckily, we did it for you—to find the best #menswear-friendly deals in cyberspace (then we can retire the word “cyber” until next year, or forever), including a few exclusives you won’t find elsewhere...(For a few more deals, check out our friends at Urban Daddy.)

Your direct line to the best of Cyber Monday, right this way:»

The Anti-Peacoat

  • Najib Benouar

If you’re expecting to find yourself anywhere as foggy as the UK in the near future, we’d like to direct you to this wool coat from the Brit minimalists at Folk that’s just landed at Hickoree’s Hard Goods.

It’ll have you covered in just about any situation where you would have reached for your peacoat this time last year, but it sticks with a single-breast and ups the ante with a shawl collar—which should have you standing out in the soon-to-be-swelling sea of double-breasted Melton wool.

And high tide is coming sooner than you might think.

Take a Seat

  • Najib Benouar

In the eyes of Americana-fied menswear, the Brothers Corsillo can do no wrong. (We’re speaking of the fellows behind the celebrated clothing/general store, Hickoree’s Hard Goods and the selvage tie revolution known as the Hill-Side).

Continuing their pitch-perfect run, they’ve unveiled a multifaceted collaborative effort of epic proportions, the Hill-Side & Co. They’ve teamed up with nearly every buzzworthy brand to create one-off pieces that range from floral-patterned shirts to this set of blanket-upholstered chairs you see here. It’s easy to get excited about all of the clothes—there’s plenty of handsomeness to go around—but the chairs really struck us as the standout collaboration (with the fine folks at Sit & Read). Nowadays it seems every menswear brand is printing an “x” on every label they sew into a shirt or pair of pants they chose the fabric for—so it’s nice to see folks think beyond the clothes.

Gentlemen, this is the chair from which you should be reading Kempt.

Karina is Not Happy About the Nail Clippings on your Nightstand

Lonely at the Top: Glenn O’Brien’s guide to social climbing. Caution: you are witnessing a trained professional. You may not be able to pull this off at home. [GQ]

The Literary Type: A designer has made book covers for a dozen or so classic albums. Blood on the Tracks is pretty brilliant. [Mother Jones]

Embrace the Funk: An ode to the sheepish pleasures of the corduroy shirt. [Guide to Bad Taste]

Relief: Hickoree’s has turned their homepage over to a limited edition Japan-themed pocket square, with 100% of proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee. [Hickorees]

The New Hardware


There’s a truly staggering number of possible ways to clasp a belt, so it’s a bit of a mystery how we ended up stuck with a simple metal buckle on the vast majority of waists. This hitch belt corrects the oversight with a chunk of brass modeled after a trailer hitch. Our favorite part is that inch of negative space in the middle of the buckle, showing through the color of your jeans.

The Return of the Deadball


In honor of the close of the World Series, we’ve dug up an exceedingly rare toy: a baseball circa 1805.

Newly arrived at Hickorees, this Lemon Peel-style baseball is the kind of ball they played with when the game was still settling down: a little smaller, a little lighter and a whole lot softer—which meant you didn’t have to feel bad about nailing a runner in the back for an easy out.

You won’t hit quite as many homers with it, but if you’re trying to teach your nephew the basics and keep your brother’s windows intact at the same time, that might not be such a bad thing.