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Kempt’s Guide to the Father’s Day Gift Guides of 2013

Father's Day

All right, the man’s not perfect. But he’s your father. And this Sunday, you have to show him that you appreciate that.

Now, fathers are certainly easier than mothers when it comes to these sorts of things. All dear ol’ Dad probably expects is your presence and a strong handshake. And maybe a card. But since he taught you not to do anything half-assed—for better or worse—you should probably go ahead and get the guy something anyway. And no excuses here; you can afford to splurge a little on the man you owe half your existence to.

From GQ to Cool Hunting to Vanity Fair, everyone’s got their opinions on where you should spend that pretty penny. So in an effort to simplify the decision, we’ve cut through all that noise and chosen our favorites... of their favorites.

For the slightly narrowed field, take a gander at Kempt’s Second Annual Guide to the Father’s Day Gift Guides (in order of Dad’s expected reaction), after the jump...»

A Pop-Culture History of Men and Shorts


The prospect of celebrating summer’s inaugural weekend might have you toying with the idea of spending the entire three days in a pair of shorts (especially if you plan on being poolside the whole time).

But going pantsless is a deceptively tricky move—wrought with pitfalls and misconceptions.

More often than not, they’re considered a necessary evil. Tom Ford famously said that a man should never wear them. Inevitably, someone will rib you with that moldy chestnut about never taking a man in shorts seriously. But in the right hands—er, on the right gams—they can be serviceable, arguably even stylish. It’s been done before, to varying degrees of success.

So, as menswear anthropologists, in our quest to find out how we got into this pantsless existential crisis, we present to you:

A pop-culture history of men and shorts.»

Cecilia Has Earned Her Wings

Cameo Filling: Grub Street celebrates the Twinkie with a movie montage of the snack cake’s impressive cinematic legacy. [Grub Street]

Airport Nachos: Details gets some excellent holiday travel advice from Mr. No Reservations himself, Anthony Bourdain. [Details]

From Taschen with Love: Driven gets a good-looking glimpse into the latest James Bond coffee-table book. [Driven]

It’s Dead... Whatever It Was: When taxidermy meets conceptual art. Who’s up for a bedazzled bobcat? [Bullett]

The Stat Sheet: Club Monaco Midnight Blue Tuxedo Jacket

With the various winter galas, the holiday party circuit and awards season on the horizon, now would be a good time to start thinking about formal wear.

And in particular, thinking about a midnight blue tuxedo jacket like this, from Club Monaco. Here’s what else you need to know about it.

The Story: Ever since Aaron Levine took the design reins of Club Monaco’s men’s department, everything has been coming up handsome. And with each new season, the suiting has improved by leaps and bounds. We’d like to think of this tuxedo jacket as his pièce de résistance in this season’s crop.

Who to Channel: James Bond in Skyfall; the spirit animal of Giovanni Agnelli (a midnight blue penguin); James Bond in Skyfall (seriously, he nails it).

When to Wear It: Whenever you can get away with it. Try it with jeans, or with an open collar shirt, or with... the matching pair of navy pants.

Degree of Difficulty: The only snag you might hit is in a traditional black-tie setting—since midnight blue is a little off-book, you’ll want to keep everything else on the straight and narrow. Otherwise, throwing a tux jacket into any semiformal getup should only serve to enhance your stateliness.

Think of This As: The answer to all of your black-tie quandaries.

Allow Daniel Craig to show you how it’s done, after the jump.»

A Very Scientific Style Ranking of All 23 James Bonds

Bond fever is at an all-time high—due to the anticipation of Skyfall hitting theaters tomorrow.

Well, we’re feeling feverish, too. And the only prescription is: more Bond. So we went back and looked at all 23 James Bond films, spent countless hours polling hundreds of menswear scientists, former secret agents and Kempt editors to finally get down to the bottom of where each and every iteration of James Bond stands—that’s right, we even pitted Dr. No Sean Connery against Diamonds Are Forever Sean Connery. And as a caveat, we decided to bar any tuxedo business—it’s a foregone conclusion that every last one of them looks impeccable in a tux—so we could really dig deep into the sartorial psyche of each. Without further ado, we bring you this:

The definitive ranking of all 23 James Bonds in terms of style, panache, tie width, turtleneck and sometimes even choice of companion...>>

This Is Going to Be a Long Dinner Party

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Face Time: A forehead-to-chin grooming guide that also includes a hearty helping of beer. [GQ]

It’s About to Go Down: How to buy a round at the bar—whether you’re celebrating tonight or not. [Art of Manliness]

Getting Posterized: Bond-mania is reaching a fever pitch as Friday’s Skyfall premiere nears—and Gear Patrol has stumbled upon an auction of historic movie posters. [Gear Patrol]

The Art of Warlords: And in an auction just passed, Selectism finds some handsome samurai armor. [Selectism]

Monika Jagaciak Is Not Leaving Her Fridge

Sandy’s Photo Album: With the effects of Hurricane Sandy still slowing down everything on the Eastern Seaboard, some intrepid tweeters managed to take live pictures of the storm (presumably just before their batteries died). [BuzzFeed]

Float On: Now might be the time to take up canoeing—and Art of Manliness has the four best routes to paddle. (Aside from lower Manhattan.) [AoM]

Not... Jeans: The Sandy-induced descent into chaos continues—now the Yale Club has suspended its dress code policy. [Observer]

Unbreakable Bond: Esquire talks to the man behind the harrowing stunts in the latest Bond film. [Esquire]

Constance Jablonski Is a Nosy Neighbor

The Hill Side: GQ hits Capitol Hill to upgrade the style of a bunch of political-minded twentysomethings. [GQ]

Separating the Bonds: Tallying up the Bonds through the years in number of kills, martinis and conquests. [Economist]

Days Gone By: Now you can turn your favorite 365 Instagram photos into a calendar. [Highsnobiety]

Big Blimpin’: A Romney-sponsored blimp crash-lands in Florida. Everyone inside survives. (No word on Romney.) [Washington Post]