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Wayne’s World Reunites, Camouflage of Every Stripe and Mending Your Knits

  • Kempt Staff


Party Time, Excellent: Grantland was on hand for the Wayne’s World reunion (hosted by “the Academy”) and came away with some never-before-revealed trivia.

Un-cognito: Cover yourself in camouflage from head to wrist with these 20 pieces from Barneys.

Dream Weaver: Put This On locates an answer to any nagging holes in your wardrobe: a master weaver named Ron Moore. Rock Stars and Children’s Art: Taking a peek into the office of nightlife impresario Scott Gerber.

Dusting Off: The Push Reel Mower

  • Najib Benouar

Lawn Mower

At some point in the past, when a man wanted to manicure his small patch of land, he wouldn’t reach for a gas-powered contraption. He’d reach for something that could do the trick just as well, thanks to a little elbow grease and ingenuity: a push reel mower.

Technically, push reel mowers never left—you can find a surprisingly modernized one here—but they haven’t been popular since the days your granddad was mowing lawns for summer cash. And nowadays the only time you might even come across one is in the assortment of well-placed rusty props leaning in the corner of your favorite faux-mercantile café.

But they’re a viable option for today’s modern lawn-mowing man. Allow us to explain why they deserve a good dusting-off.»

Paz de la Huerta Is Communing with Nature

  • Kempt Staff

via Selectism

RIP: Musical legend Ravi Shankar died today, leaving an obit to be jealous of. We spent the afternoon mournfully strumming a sitar in tribute. [NY Times]

Not Down: For the feather-averse, Well Spent rounds up the five best non-down insulated jackets on the market. [Well Spent]

Freeeedom!: New York’s Freedom Tower got the first piece of its spire today—making for some spectacular, vertigo-inducing photos. [BuzzFeed]

Dodging the Fuzz: A step-by-step guide to the art of sweater maintenance. Time to get out your sweater stone and start de-fuzzing those pilings. [Valet]

One Slick Can of Oil

  • Najib Benouar

If you managed to check off the first summer must-have on our list early (see: the vintage roadster to your left), it’s probably about time for an oil change. And luckily, Gear Patrol just tipped us off to a new, handsomely packaged motor oil that’s been specially formulated for classic cars. It’s a collaboration between German oil company Mathé and auto magazine Chromjuwelen—who’s to thank for the graphically pleasing labels—which should make for a fitting addition to any well-read garage (or gear-headed desktop).

Bar Refaeli Is Wearing a Performance-Enhancing Bodysuit

  • Kempt Staff

Brush Up: How to revive your suede tassel-loafers after a rough night. [The Nordic Fit]

Still Fly: Mr. Lean catches a flight with luggage-makers Rimowa on a vintage German plane that inspired the look of their aluminum luggage. [ACL]

In Character: We often talk about stylish actors, but here’s a list of the 30 most stylish characters. [ShortList]

Switch Pitching: And now, a strangely mesmerizing video of guys throwing rocks with their off hands set to a melodious French ballad. [Kottke]

Mind Your Boots

On the heels of our boot roundup, here’s a tip on keeping your boots in condition through the winter.

The gents at Leffot turned us on to a leather dressing from Montana Pitch-Blend that’s been conditioning rugged boots for 25 years. It’s a simple blend of pine pitch and mink oil—10 bucks will buy you a year’s supply and then some—but it’s enough to let you stomp through snowdrifts with a clear conscience. The oil is best if you’re ready to spread it on with a cloth, but there’s also a beeswax-based paste if you’d rather use your hands.

It’s also the closest most Red Wings get to a shoe shine, so they’ll come away with a darker, “glowing” color you usually only see in a polished wingtip. Think of it as a well-earned bonus.

A Gentleman’s Guide to the Clothes Brush


We wish we had a butler. In fact, it’s one of the great disappointments of our life that we do not. And, if you stop and think about it, we bet you’ll get pretty worked up about it too. But in the absence of a butler, valet, coachman, footman or personal chef, it falls to us to perform some of these tasks ourselves.

Starting with the clothes brush.

It’s a habit that’s fallen out of favor in the age of dry-cleaning, but it should be a solid part of your pre-party routine. Brush your suits the right way and you’ll add an extra level of sharpness, along with a few extra wears between cleanings. Do it wrong and you’ll leave awkward diagonal lines across the back of your favorite jacket. So naturally, we’re going to make sure you do it right.

Here’s how»

Don’t Let This Happen to You


This is how a pair of undyed leather shoes looks after a year of non-stop wear.

The story is here, courtesy of the good folks at Blackbird, who seem to endorse this kind of shoe abuse, but we see it more as a cautionary tale. A scant twelve months ago, these were bright, clean loafers, full of potential. Now they’re covered with the kind of creases and raw scuffs that cause weaker souls to run out of thrift stores in tears.

There, but for the grace of shoe trees, go all of us.

So in the interest of saving any other wayward oxfords that have yet to fall into weathered perdition, we thought we’d reiterate the one central rule of wearing in shoes: don’t wear them more than two days in a row. There are others—keep them out of the rain, keep a shoe tree or some newspaper inside when you’re not wearing them—but they pale before that one cardinal dictum.

When you ignore it 364 times in a row, you end up with something like the shoes above—great color, but a cloudy patina and too much scuffing for a shoeshine to cure. Consider yourself warned.

Shine and Polish


Despite the mind-boggling volume of men’s mag articles on the subject, shoe maintenance is never going to be fun, sexy or exciting. But, with the right set of gear, maybe it can be handsome.

This truffle leather shoe cleaning kit contains everything you need for a vigorous session of loafer scrubbing—including three brushes, two tins of beeswax polish, a rubbing cloth and a shoe horn—but the important thing here is the dopp kit style, which lets you keep it on your closet shelf without feeling like you’re prepping for a second career at a stand in the airport. It’s a radical idea but a good one: If your cleaning gear looks good enough, you might find yourself inspired to use it.