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Gemma Ward Agrees There’s a Nip in the Air

  • Kempt Staff

Shopping Itinerary 2.0: A Continuous Lean presents what very well may be the most practical men’s shopping tool since the L.L.Bean catalog first arrived in the mail. [A Continuous Lean]

A Time Piece Eight Times Stronger Than Steel: Our friends over at Driven found the perfect watch for Superman. We think it will suit you just fine, too... [Driven]

Redefining Exceptionalism: Vanity Fair dims the light on that shining city on a hill and asks America: “Can we handle the truth?” [Vanity Fair]

Andy Williams Floats Down the Moon River in the Sky: Williams, one of the most popular vocalists of the 1960s, died at the age of 84 Tuesday night. Farewell to our old “huckleberry friend.” [CNN]

Celebrating Another Great Memorial Day Tradition

  • Najib Benouar

In addition to feeling extra patriotic, a lot of our favorite menswear labels are feeling extra generous this weekend—loving America can do that to you—and they’re running some solid Memorial Day weekend sales.

So we’ve gone ahead and picked out the most enticing of the bunch—from the likes of Billy Reid and Ovadia & Sons—and zeroed in on which items we think you should focus your attention on. (Stuff that’ll come in handy within the next few months.)

You’ll find them here, after the jump. Sale away.»

Consider the Neighbors

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The Bean Boot Returns: Justin Bridges shows off some extremely handsome L.L.Bean Signature gear. Cable Shetland, gentlemen. [tucked]

The Wisdom of the Blouson: Derek Guy sings the praises of the short Italian jacket. [Die, Workwear]

Getting Technical: Isaora makes a pretty sharp raincoat. [Selectism]

Callin’ Oates: In a bleak world, the Hall & Oates Hotline is there whenever you’ve got a phone and need to hear “Rich Girl.” [The Atlantic Wire]

Helena Christensen Has Saved You a Seat

The Warm Season: A guide to the world’s crewneck sweatshirts. It’s not just for training boxers anymore. [Valet]

The Starched Front: A few thick shirts to see you through winter. We’re especially fond of the L.L.Bean chamois. [Wax Wane]

The Shoes of Summer: Vans founder James Van Doren gets a fitting send-off from Esquire’s Mark Mikin. [Esquire]

“I Did Not Enlist”: In honor of the History Channel’s latest Vietnam doc, the Trad talks shop with a former squad leader. Fascinating stuff. [The Trad]

A Light Touch

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Now that we’ve staked our claim as short-sleeved button-down experts, we thought it was only right to let you know: a pretty good one hit the market as of this morning.

It comes from the latest batch of L. L. Bean Signature gear, a feather-light linen version designed to get you through the most sun-baked days in July. The Bean makes their fits pretty roomy, so you may want to size down, but otherwise it’s one of the better-cut items we’ve seen.

And as you can see, it plays pretty well with a military watch.

This Year's Bean Boot

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L.L. Bean’s new Signature collection arrives online today, and our pick of the litter is this unusually sharp update to the Bean boot. That upper is navy waxed canvas, colored to match your jeans and treated to keep out water almost as well as the classic leather version. Wear them hard, gentlemen.

The Robe to End All Robes

  • Najib Benouar

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Suddenly, unexpectedly, you need a little extra shelter for your morning pilgrimage from your bed to the shower. Some calf-length shelter. And just like that, it’s robe season again.

After examining the options, we’ve managed to find the gold standard of sleeved drapery: this silk-lined satin-piped cashmere model from Brooks Brothers. It’ll set you back more than a suit, but after you’ve spent the morning nibbling toast, sipping orange juice and perusing financial newspapers the rest of the world hasn’t even heard of, you’ll know where the money went.

In the unlikely event you’re not ready to dig quite that deep, you’ll always find adequate shelter from the brisk morning cold in a trusty cotton flannel robe like L.L. Bean’s. There’s also this new offering from Pendleton, but we’re still skeptical on how comforting wool can really be in the morning—let alone any time bare skin is involved.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Winter Socks

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Gentlemen, it’s time to start thinking about your socks. (Please, contain yourselves.)

In a scant few weeks, your toes are going to be facing some decidedly brisk conditions, and it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better. To that end, we suggest picking up the sock equivalent of a work boot, something that can protect your toes through just about whatever Mother Nature throws your way. And as luck would have it, we’ve got three candidates in mind…

Behold, the three socks that will get you through the winter»

The Docks, Part Two

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If last week’s appreciation of On the Waterfront left you jonesing for a jacket like the one Brando sports in the film, you’re in luck.

L. L. Bean’s signature line just worked their way around to Fall/Winter 2010, and they’re offering a pretty good replica, based on a coat that first emerged in their 1965 fall catalog, a little more than a decade after the film. It’s not the most on-trend thing you could buy, but it makes a pretty good case for being timeless.