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The Stat Sheet: Stutterheim Arholma Raincoat

  • Najib Benouar

For whatever reason (let’s just blame it on Al Gore), the Eastern Seaboard is being pelted with rain instead of the expected sprinkling of snowflakes.

So instead of our new fur-trimmed boiled wool overcoat, we’ve been reaching for a weatherproof raincoat—like this oilcloth raincoat from the Swedes at Stutterheim. Their motto—“Swedish melancholy at its driest”—tells you just about everything you need to know. Here’s the rest:

The Story: Ever since the founder of Stutterheim discovered his grandfather’s fishing coat in an old barn in Sweden, he’s been determined to recreate the old-school ruggedness of the jacket, with a modern cut (so it fit better than the tent-like raincoat he started with). This pine-green number is the newest jacket in the line.

Who to Channel: A craggy Nordic fisherman; Paul Belmondo hopping a private flight with Catherine Deneuve on a misty day.

When to Wear It: Anytime the heavy stuff starts pouring down—the seams are double-taped to prevent any dampness from seeping through.

Think of This As: Your low-tech beats high-tech solution to your wintry-mix quandaries.

Some inspiration from Mr. Belmondo, after the jump.»

Women in Cutoffs Are Conducting Espionage

Stay Upright: An oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade troupe, home to some of the funniest people in New York. Amazing. [NYMag]

Clothes on Film: Mr. Schenk takes a few well-appointed stills from Belmondo’s Classe Tous Risques. For well-dressed Frenchmen of the ’50s, look no further. [Mister Crew]

The View from London: D.S.Dundee has a pretty handsome blackwatch jacket heading down the pipeline. [Hypebeast]

Leaning into the Camera Forever: It looks like we won’t have Andy Rooney to kick around much longer; he’s retiring from 60 Minutes this season. Suddenly, we feel a lot more curmudgeonly. [TV Newser]

Cheek to Cheek

Ladies and gentlemen, your iconic image of the day…

The arm and legs belong to Jean-Paul Belmondo and Ms. Jean Seberg respectively—nuzzling on the set of Breathless. It’s snapped by the unusually fortunate Raymond Cauchetier, who happened to be camera-ready for some of the more photogenic moments of the French New Wave, and is getting his due with a solo show in London this month.

This one in particular stands alongside some of the better photography we’ve seen, and not just because of Seberg’s well-shaded charm. Consider it a silverprint ode to afternoons spent inside.

Marion Cotillard is Making Do with Substandard Bartending Equipment

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A Good Pour: We’re guessing this counts as a low-budget shoot [AnOther Magazine]

The Man Himself: Michael Williams sits down with Jean Touitou of A.P.C. [A Continuous Lean]

Left Breathless: An examination into the style of Jean-Paul Belmondo, quite possibly the coolest Frenchman ever. [The Selvedge Yard]

Happiness is Easy: The secret to lifelong happiness is contained beyond this humble link. (Bourbon is involved.) [The Awl]

Hats On

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For the past couple years, it’s been hard to wear a hat without looking like a member of ‘Nsyc. But now that the trend’s leveling off, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to sport the occasional fedora, provided there’s enough of a brim to keep you looking more Belmondo than Timberlake. This Comme des Garcon version has a solid brim…but with all the different heads out there, isn’t it time we did better for sizing than “small,” “medium,” and “large”?