Chino season has returned.
And with it, the plethora of khaki colors to choose from. Perhaps you’ve already been browsing for a new pair and stumbled upon the likes of Vintage Sand, Dusty Stone, Insouciant Taupe. But what’s in a name? Were any of those even real? It’s time to put your menswear acumen to the test and play a little game we’ve made up called...
Which was the impetus behind J.Crew launching their latest menswear initiative, “Discovered,” an ongoing project that will feature a rotating cast of handsome, hard to find items hand-selected monthly. The idea came about when Frank realized that over the many years of research, world travel and word of mouth, he and his team have come across some very rare and unique items that changed the way they thought about design. Items that each tell a story that deserves to be heard, and most importantly: worn.
It’s the sort of poetic sentiment that we thought only Frank Muytjens himself could convey, so in a very special episode of the Stat Sheet, we chose one of our favorite items from the inaugural release—the fall-appropriate Cotton Bomber Jacket—and asked Mr. J.Crew incarnate to write it for us.
Every Wednesday from here on out, we’re giving you a piece of our minds. Actually, more like five pieces. It’s a chance to get a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick—you know, beyond the usual Internet handsomeness we’re serving up daily. So welcome to our newest and most personal weekly feature: The Kempt Five.
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.
This season has already seen a good deal of technical innovation in the blazer department—ripstop nylon ones, down-filled ones, unidentifiably sheen ones—but sometimes it’s better to stick with what’s always worked.
Case in point: the latest limited-edition suiting from J.Crew. It’s made from thorn-proof English wool that’s just landed at their Ludlow Shop and online. If the name alone hasn’t sold you—“Thornproof” sounds like some sort of British spy code name—the fact that this twofold woven tweed has protected hunters from the pointed ends of the woods since 1837 should work. They’ve kept all the old-school details (like patch pockets and hand-finished lapels), but updated it with a modern fit—handy for any autumnal bike rides involving a companion and prickly trailside brush. And like its tech-fabric counterparts, this jacket’s fabric was made to take the rigors of fall and winter exploits—but it should leave you with an even better-looking jacket after a few seasons of roughing up.
There’s nothing handsome about scuffed nylon ripstop.