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It’s Time to Play: Name. That. Khaki!

  • Kempt Staff
It’s Time to Play: Name. That. Khaki!

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...

Name. That. Khaki! Contestant Number One, come on down...

The Stat Sheet: J.Crew “Discovered” Bomber Jacket

  • Kempt Staff

03760_BL9139_fsw_A_Discovered We’re suckers for a good backstory.

So is J.Crew’s menswear luminary, Frank Muytjens.

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.

And he graciously obliged. Take it away, Frank.»

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.»

The Kempt Five

  • Najib Benouar

This Is The End

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.

Without further ado: here’s what’s on our minds this week.»

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 an Indian Spring: Odin is kicking off their spring sale today with 30% to 40% off select items. Discount: A Sizes Available: B- Selection: B+

For the Pre-Summer Stock-Up: Gant is throwing a spring/summer sunset sale with up to 50% off a good selection of in-season menswear. Discount: A+ Sizes Available: B+ Selection: A-

For the Big Swimmer: J.Crew is slashing 30% off all their swimwear online this weekend. Discount: B Sizes Available: A Selection: A

More of the good stuff on sale, 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...»

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 Good Ol’ American Denim: The folks over at Levi’s are knocking 20% off their entire collection, with the code MAY20. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A+

For Style from Across the Pond: British menswear retailer Oki-Ni started their May sale today: 20% off select styles with the code SPRINGHASSPRUNG. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A

For Last-Minute Derby Deals: Grab some discount pastels at J.Crew with the code SPRINGBEST, but be quick about it—the sale ends today. Discount: A- Sizes Available: A Selection: A-

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

J.Crew Goes to Italy, GQ Dives into Spring and Predicting the Papal Conclave

  • Kempt Staff


Crew Love: J.Crew visits the legendary family-run Vitale Barberis wool mill—suppliers of their finest Ludlow suit fabrics—and rounds up 10 more historic mills.

Slideshow and Tell: And now, for the 211 spring trends that matter, according to GQ’s Jim Moore.

Insta-phonogram: Gizmodo contemplates the staying power of the vinyl LP and how their unique sound is derived by how they’re made.

Dark Horse: In case our papal conclave predictions weren’t as rooted in history as you’d like, here’s a rundown of which past scenarios could predict this one.

Genesis Rodriguez Has Felt an Invisible Touch

  • Kempt Staff

via GQ

Checkered Past: T Magazine looks back at its favorite menswear stories of the year. [T Magazine]

Tuxedos and Don’ts: Sean “The Impossible Cool” Sullivan suits up in J.Crew’s newest suiting (a shawl-collar tux) and shares some black-tie advice. [J.Crew]

The Meh-ments: With all of the year-end roundups focusing on the highlights and lowlights of the year in sports, we almost overlooked the 10 “midlights.” Almost. [The Atlantic]

Politics Before the Cliff: Remembering that one time Ronald Regan went to Margaret Thatcher for sartorial advice. It was a simpler time. [Refinery29]

In the Blazer Game, Tweed Trumps Tech

  • Najib Benouar

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.

Ashley Smith Is a Diamond’s Best Friend

  • Najib Benouar

Fear the Beard: GQ catches up with Tom Hardy (of Inception fame) at Cannes to talk beefing up, kicking crack and his personal style, but somehow manages to skirt the issue of the furry elephant in the room: that chin-fro. [GQ]

Winning Time: An NHL Hall of Famer reflects on the House finale, Steve Jobs and what they’ve taught us about being winners. [Grantland]

Polanski, Kingsley and Bonham Carter: File this three-minute short under “the wonderfully offbeat things that only happen in Cannes.” [T Magazine]

Hey Mickey: Hypebeast gives us a heads-up and preview of CNBC’s upcoming J.Crew documentary. [Hypebeast]

A First Look Inside J.Crew’s Ludlow Shop

J.Crew’s Ludlow Shop opened earlier today in Tribeca, the first shop wholly devoted to their signature two-button suit. And nice guys that they are, they let us in for a look around. There’s a lot to see, including a rare look at the Ludlow’s inner construction and some typically handsome Drake’s gear. But we won’t ruin it all by talking; take a look after the jump...

Take a look at J.Crew’s brand-new suiting shop»