Jay-Z as Art, Kitting Out Your Dog and the Backlash to the Hashtag
- Kempt Staff
Link Up: An introduction to the newest online haberdashery, Linkson Jack (and some spectacular ties). [Die, Workwear!]
Hov’s House: The Times gives Jay-Z more long-form love. True to form, he manages to fit in the obligatory Memphis Bleek cameo. [NY Times]
Waris Code: Some timely advice on Fashion Week etiquette from man about town Waris Ahluwalia. [Style]
Cleared for Takeoff: Understanding the shifting supply and demand of front-row seats at runway shows. [Wall Street Journal]
Cashmere Is King: A primer on neo-sprezzatura from Luigi Lardini with gems like: “First the jacket, then the rest.” [Fashion We Like]
It’s Patt: His newfound preference for Gucci tailoring has earned Robert Pattinson some well-deserved red carpet cred as of late. GQ shows us his seven-year evolution. [GQ]
H-to-the-Izzo: The Times spends a few hundred words analyzing Jay-Z’s impact on the Brooklyn Nets franchise when it took him only eight: “I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man.” [NY Times]
Behold...: The invisible bike helmet. (Or a cold-gas-filled cranial airbag, whatever you want to call it.) [Gear Patrol]
Good Will Stunting: The Washington Post has the first day of Cannes in slideshow form. Most notably, more Sacha Baron Cohen stunts—involving a model and a yacht. [Washington Post]
Unsure, Unsure, Unsure: Esquire investigates parabens—the latest scapegoat in personal hygiene products (like deodorant). [Esquire]
Olympian Ablaze: A heartwarming sports story of an American Olympian hopeful known for being “the McEnroe of Ping-Pong” and his penchant for herb. [Grantland]
The Newest Americana-phile: Jay-Z is headlining/curating a Made in America concert in Philly. Rolling Stone gets the details, while standing in front of a Pop-Up-Flea-sized American flag. (Watch the throne, Mr. Lean.) [Rolling Stone]
Male jewelry is always a maze of conventions, but we recently ran across a particularly complex case via A Suitable Wardrobe: the pinkie ring.
A surprising number of well-dressed men have popped up wearing them, from Prince Charles to Jay-Z, so we understand a guy getting curious—but this is dangerous territory.
Like most affectations—a monocle, for instance—if you’ve got any doubt in your mind, don’t do it. It’s not a necessity. The success rate isn’t even all that high. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll take a walk right now, forget all this pinkie ring nonsense and go back to your easy, comfortable life of wingtips and oxford shirts.
But if you’re feeling stubborn, here’s how to make it work...»
Practice: Nitsuh Abebe breaks down the scene and the status behind Jay-Z’s two-night-stand at Carnegie Hall. Legendary stuff, for both of them. [Vulture]
The Heavy Coat: Ten bloggers (including your humble correspondent) weigh in on their favorite outerwear pieces. It’s a good year for the duffle coat. [Esquire]
To the Letter: Now that it’s warmer, a new crop of handsome letter jackets from Dehen. [Selectism]
The First Star: Anne Helen Petersen chronicles the rise and precipitous fall of Fatty Arbuckle. Old Hollywood catastrophe at its finest. [The Hairpin]
Another month has gone by, and with it, another thousand pages of glossy, gently perfumed menswear journalism has arrived on our doorstep.
Naturally, we’ve got a few opinions.
Here’s everything you need to know from this month’s magazine crop»
Drive Slow: Michael Williams shines light on a four-in-one brand called Slowear. [A Continuous Lean]
The Slim Fit: Kenton Sorenson pares the wallet down to bare essentials. [Valet]
The Throne Is Watched: Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club line just partnered with Jay-Z’s Rocawear for the streetwear equivalent of the Traveling Willbury’s. [GQ]
The Land of Trend: Inside Editd, a new, webby take on the future of fashion forecasting. [The Business of Fashion]
Meet the Mets: A recap of the Met Costume Gala, including Jay-Z’s impeccable white tux and proto-‘fro. [Esquire]
Protect Your Neck: The chaps at Brooks Brothers (who should know) walk you through the collars of the world. [Of Rogues and Gentlemen]
The Big Brogue: Another day, another handsome brogue. [Free/Man]
Small Pleasures: No matter your situation in life, it would probably be improved by owning a tote bag that says “Misc” on it. [Better Living Through Design]