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Celebrating Tweed Day the Only Way We Know How: Handsomeness

  • Najib Benouar

Tweed Day

Breaking news: today is, apparently, Tweed Day.

Now, we’ve taken a pretty hard-line stance against bullshit holidays in the past. We even spent the requisite paperwork and fees to name a “No Bullshit Holidays Day” (get excited for May 10, gentlemen).

But we’ve also been known to bend the rules every so often, because... tequila. And today, we’re revising our stance once more to include the glorious celebration of a fabric that we rely on so dearly during the fall and winter months but won’t see much of for the next six or so. Like most of these holidays, the founding is dubious at best—but ultimately, it feels like a good enough reason to give the rugged wools a proper farewell until we meet again.

So, we present to you: a photographic ode to the handsomeness of tweed.»

Lovely Luggage, The Hill-side’s GIFbook and the Sartorialist’s Lunch for 25

  • Kempt Staff


Good Baggage: Ryan Plett shows us the proper way to travel: with a spectacular leather duffel bag and equally spectacular company.

Basq’ing: Basquiat was known for turning his apartments into live-in art installations, and it has just been discovered that an ex-girlfriend held on to one, untouched for 30 years.

Hollywood Squares: The Hill-side has just unveiled their latest lookbook in winning fashion: animated GIFs of pocket squares undressing and more cleverness.

Sart and Pepper: The Sartorialist hosts his third epic luncheon for 25 menswear greats. Dapperness and toasting ensue. Cue the video.

Basquiat Style

  • Najib Benouar


The recent opening of the Basquiat retrospective at NYC’s Gagosian Gallery reminded us of one of our favorite peculiarities about the artist: his penchant for painting while wearing shockingly expensive Italian suiting. And for that matter, while generally regarded as a subversive vanguard, the man knew his way around a pocket square and bow tie pretty well. So we dug a little deeper, and found a good deal of trad items hiding in his wardrobe—even a herringbone blazer.

Which is why we’d like to take a moment to look back at some of the finer moments in his artful dishevelment.»

Mona Johannesson is Trying to Remember Where She Parked

Postcards from the Edge: VF digs up a treasure trove of lost Basquiat polaroids. Further reading here. [Vanity Fair]

Watch the Watchcap: The season’s best watchcaps, from $4 cotton to ribbed cashmere. [Valet]

The Man Behind the Ace: A few fall snapshots from Jou-Yie Chou of the Ace Hotel. Very cool stuff. [Secret Forts]

This is All Fact: Jay-Z talks about his book, backs up Kanye, is simultaneously cagey and enlightening. [Vulture]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Michael Chow

  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

The restaurants bearing the Mr. Chow moniker are known as much for their *haute-chinois* cuisine and glittering clientele as their sophisticated, understated elegance. Small wonder then that the real Mr. Chow embodies the latter perfectly.

We've never had the pleasure of dining at the original London location, opened in 1968, but the super-stylish New York outpost on E. 57th St. is one of our favorite restaurants in the world. The man behind it all, Michael Chow, is also an actor of note and an art collector *extraordinaire* whose portrait has been painted by David Hockney and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among others.

More on Mr. Chow»