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Presenting: Your Weekend’s BBQ Party Playlist

  • Kempt Staff


Memorial Day weekend is finally here, and with it: the unofficial start to summer.

In preparation for the big festivities, this week we’ve helped you choose the right grilling apron, pick up a nifty bottle opener and learn the ins and outs of spending an entire three-day weekend pleasantly sloshed. And now, there’s only one thing left: the music.

There are a million ways you could go with this sort of thing, but there’s one theme that every barbecue party in America is going to have this weekend: summer. And that’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive, multi-genre-and-era-spanning playlist in which each song either has the word “summer” in its title or the season plays a major part in its lyrics. And we conveniently turned it into a Spotify playlist.

Now all you’ve got to do is fire up the grill and press play.»

The Weekend Sales Report Card: Memorial Day Blockbuster Edition

  • Kempt Staff

Weekend Sales

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... and this one is shaping up to be a real doozy.

For the Billy Reid Effect: Mr. Reid is shaving 20% or more off a wide range of menswear—it’s heavy on the shirts, but there are some blazers and even sweaters in the mix. Discount: B Sizes Available: B- Selection: B+

For the Single-Needle Shirting: Steven Alan is knocking 50% off a good selection of menswear—you can find some steals if you get lucky with the sizes. Discount: A+ Sizes Available: C+ Selection: A-

For the Hard-to-Find Euro Brands: Take 30% off everything in the webshop at C’H’C’M’ with the code Memorial through Monday. Discount: A Sizes Available: A Selection: A+

For the Americana-Heads: Left Field and sister brand Choctaw Ridge are taking 15% off their entire stock with the code Memorial15. Discount:B Sizes Available: A Selection: B+

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

It’s a Bottle Opener... and Closer

  • Najib Benouar

Bottle opener

We have it on good authority that you’re going to be in need of a bottle opener this weekend...

A solid bottle opener has to do one thing really well: open your beer bottle. Anything after that is just bells and whistles—the scrimshaw handle or the lucky deer’s foot—unless, of course, you’ve got a Monopol Hermetus that’s just landed at Kaufman Mercantile.

It’s got the “opening bottles” thing down, but a neat trick is that the handle slides snugly onto your bottle top, sealing off your beer. Meaning that if you’re manning the grill and need to set your beer down in an area highly prone to tipping over, you’re not spilling a drop. (It also comes in handy for keeping large-format beers fresh over a prolonged tasting session.) Plus, if you need to step away from your bottle for a quick dip, you’ll know which one was yours when you return.

Take a look at the Hermetus in action, after the jump.»

Making the Most of Memorial Day

Drinking Games

There is no better season for drinking during the day than the summer.

Fine, spring is pretty great, too. And yeah, spiked cider in fall definitely doesn’t suck. But winter... all right, winter too has its perks. So let’s rephrase: there’s no better season for drinking and getting tan than the summer.

Traditionally, Memorial Day is when it all starts. Sure, maybe it’s not officially summer, but with a cooler of beer, good friends, good music and an entire farm’s worth of barbecue, it sure as hell does feel like it. Though like all good things, winning this glorious three-day jaunt requires some solid forethought. Luckily for you, we’ve done it already.

So settle in, crack open a cold one and listen up as we lay out the finer points of this weekend’s impending festivities...»

America the Beautiful

  • Najib Benouar

We’ve already got our weekender bag packed, but before we hit the road, we wanted to leave you with a few gorgeously patriotic images to hold you over till Tuesday (when we’ll be resuming our regularly scheduled handsomeness).

Here’s to three days of unadulterated sunning, funning, barbecuing, adult beveraging and reflecting on freedom (and the sacrifices that’ve been made to protect it). Enjoy the long weekend, everyone.

Ladies, take it away.»

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.»

Sophie Vlaming Is a Hippie Tree-Spooner

  • Najib Benouar

Not-So-Breaking News: The Times has discovered a shocking new development in menswear: guys are wearing lighter suits in summer. [NYTimes]

Drink It if You Can: Just in time for Memorial Day imbibing, Details rounds up five “hillbilly cocktails.” Expect pickle juice and open flames. [Details]

Watching Draper: For all the applause and scrutiny over the wardrobe of Mad Men, the timepieces are often overlooked. Hodinkee rights that wrong with an in-depth rundown. [Hodinkee]

Too Good Not to Share: Unequivocal proof that Ron Livingston didn’t have to do much acting when he played Pete Gibbons in Office Space: a 30-second clip of his latest performance (as Keyboard Cat). [Geek Tyrant]

A Little Memorial Day Encouragement

  • Najib Benouar

Memorial Day means many things to many people. To all Americans, it’s a day to celebrate those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect this great land. And to most sartorial traditionalists, it marks the first day we are officially allowed to wear white shoes.

It’s a tricky move, especially when you’re trying to incorporate them into a more formal look. (Otherwise, grab a pair of white canvas sneakers and beat the hell out of ’em.) Herewith, your answer: these white suede loafers from Alden. They’re so pristine, you might shudder at just the thought of them touching city pavement, but with great risk comes great reward.

This will be the summer you learn to stop worrying and love the white suede.

Pledge Allegiance to the Shirt

  • Najib Benouar

We’ve got a few quintessentially American holidays lined up: Memorial Day this weekend, Fourth of July, and of course, we couldn’t forget June 14. (Flag Day.) All of them ripe for white bucks, barbecuing and showing your patriotism.

Naturally, for a man of style, not just any star-spangled shirt will do—which brings us to this flag-speckled specimen of American-made shirting from DC-based upstart Read’s Clothing Project. It’s another exclusive from our friends over at UrbanDaddy Perks (you might have noticed them stepping up their style game big lately), so it’s more than likely you’ll be the most dapper patriot in town.

And that’s what celebrating America is all about.

Kelly Monaco Is a Double-Threat

  • Najib Benouar

Rare Bird: In honor of Brooklyn Decker’s stunning performance in Battleship, Complex rounds up the 50 most... talented... models-turned-actress. [Complex]

Poster Ploys: We all know the bold-faced movies set to screen in Cannes, but there are countless more looking for their big break. And the first step is a catchy poster. Here, Vulture gives us the “best” of the rest. [Vulture]

Don’t Forget to Wear a Flower in Your Lapel: If your idea of Memorial Day weekend fun involves vintage watches, then the Hodinkee gents would like to see you in San Francisco. [Hodinkee]

Like This: An all-encompassing infographic on today’s blockbuster Facebook IPO—minus any relevant financial advice. [Esquire]

The New Rule


When shoes like this Alden suede longwing are finding their way into stores, it’s time to reexamine your feelings on white shoes. Traditional wisdom dictates waiting until Memorial Day, which would give you another 41 days of wingtips, but we’d suggest in the following rule for anyone north of the Mason-Dixon: Any time you’re switching to summerweight suits or wearing short sleeves outside, it should be warm enough to accommodate a little white footwear.

In other words, give it another couple weeks.