Kempt

world of men's style / fashion / grooming

An UrbanDaddy Publication

Passing Through

visitor_crop.jpg

Iran has produced some pretty fascinating contradictions in the past 50 years, and we’re only starting to work through them. But a good coffee table book never hurts.

Life as a Visitor, which arrives this month from Assouline, takes a look at the more than twenty exotic spots through the eyes of Iranian ex-pat Angella M. Nazarian, and comes away with something between a travelogue and a memoir. That means vignettes on cultural alienation share space with memories of the best sunbathing spots in Postino.

Both of which should come in handy next time you’re abroad.

Cotton Squares, County Fairs and Steampunk Wares

sauna

Any inflatable underpants reference brings out the Wonder Sauna…

The True Story of a Japanese Man Who Is So Obsessed With Tidal Waves That He Makes Himself a Pair of Inflatable Underpants: Yep, that's our Malkovich. [Guardian UK]

The Fabric of Our Lives: For your consideration, the cotton pocket square. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: Get ready to chuck your old Jetstream, the supersonic business jet is on the way. [PSFK]

Florence Bound: The Sartorialist lands at Pitti Uomo. [The Sartorialist]

Industrial Revolution: Is "steampunk" the new, kinky "trad". [Periodic Elements of Style]

Rogue State: With B&T graphic shirts like these (via Toronto), can we really afford to make enemies of the Iranians? [Persian Mirror]

"It's Fashion Week at The Pennsylvania Farm Show": Come again? [Penn Live]