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Style Icons with Sweet Rides

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Stylish men have always had a special relationship with beautiful cars.

Probably because, if you think about it, they’re kind of the perfect accessory. Big, shiny, powerful—a little automotive affirmation can go a long way to securing your position in the Court of Cool. (We’re sure the King would agree.) But it’s not only those men defined by their cars who drive cool ones. And we’ve got the photo evidence to prove it.

Thus we present to you: Style Icons with Sweet Rides. To check out the high-speed handsomeness, follow us after the jump...»

Celebrating Tweed Day the Only Way We Know How: Handsomeness

  • Najib Benouar

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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.»

Jack Spade’s New Watches, Visiting Club Monaco’s HQ and Mick Jagger’s Watch Collection

  • Kempt Staff

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No Jewels: Valet gets a look at Jack Spade’s newly launched line of watches, replete with witty details like “not Swiss” printed on the dials.

Clubhouse: Esquire visits the office of Club Monaco designer Aaron Levine—which he refers to as his “working ranch.”

Heart Rate vs. Hemline: David Coggins considers the perilous state of exercise clothing in Bergdorf Goodman’s latest editorial.

Pre-Vintage: Hodinkee discovers that Mick Jagger was a Heuer chronograph aficionado in the 1970s.

23 Random Stones Photos Found at a Flea Market

This sort of shit never happens to us: 23 candid photos of the Rolling Stones on their 1965 American tour were recently discovered in an unmarked box at a Southern California estate sale.

As for our favorite of the bunch, it’s a toss-up between the above and this photo featuring a pensive 22-year-old Mick drinking a Bud Heavy in the foreground with a pensive, cummerbunded waiter reconsidering his career choice in the background. (Though it’s always a trip to see a youthful Keith still enveloped in unpunctured skin.)

Essentially, they’re the Instagram photos you wish you could take...»

A Kempt Farewell to Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal published 25 novels, two memoirs and reams upon reams of historical and opinionated essays, plays, television dramas and screenplays. “Style,” he once wrote, “is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” By that definition, one of the most stylish gentlemen we have ever known passed away last night at the age of 86.

We’re not ones to flippantly eulogize. (That’s what Facebook is for.) But every so often, the passing of a great man consequently marks the passing of something greater than just one man, or in the case Mr. Vidal, a Man of Letters—erudite, wittily cynical, well-informed, prolific, compassionate and fearless.

A title may never again befit a gentleman so justly.

A Kempt Pictorial: 15 Life Lessons on Not Giving a Damn from Gore Vidal»

Myf Sheppard is Sparrowed

Rest Easy, Sockless Gentlemen: The sockless, white-panted Picasso thief is now officially in custody—which means you can resume your sockless ways without fear of legal reprisal. [Atlantic Wire]

Glamour (Not the Magazine): The only picture of John Lennon hanging out with Mick Jagger that you’ll ever need. [Driven]

Whither the Beef: Dean Martin’s burger recipe. It involves bourbon, but not in the way you think. [TwitPic]

Ms. Dawson, We Presume: Rosario Dawson is a pretty cool lady, it turns out. [Mother Jones]

Exile’s Return

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Today marks the street date for the new reissue of the Stones’ Exile on Main Street, for our money the best blues-rock has to offer. The original album comes bundled with a slew of dropped tracks and other completist candy, but the big news is a handful of unfinished songs that the Glimmer Twins went back in the studio to finish up.

More importantly, they’re keeping the gloriously muddy mix intact. If you don’t have a copy of your own, now’s your chance to catch up.

Mods Vs. Rockers

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Actors and even a few writers can put up a fight, but rock stars will always be the coolest people in the room. The trick is getting a few snaps while they’re there.

Backstage Pass is the latest roundup of rock star photos, with essays by Griel Marcus and style guy Glenn O’Brien (among others) to sweeten the pot.

The haul includes a surprisingly sartorial Mick and Keith, plenty of shaggy Beatle shots, and a rare shot of James Brown at work in front of a piano. As usual, they’re at their most stylish when you catch them at work.

See the pics»

Cave Man

  • Jared Paul Stern

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A while back we told you about Mick Jagger's daughter Georgia, the latest in a line of rock star offspring to try her hand at modeling. Now comes news from across the pond that rock'n'roll prince of darkness Nick Cave's son Jethro is following suit.

Young Jethro, 18, who lives in his dad's native Australia and bears a striking similarity to the Bad Seed, has apparently ditched his legal (and perfectly fine last name of Lazenby in favor of Cave. He has so far appeared in UK hipster rags *i-D* and *Dazed & Confused*, and was recently flown to Paris to meet with French fashion house Balenciaga. Of course, what he really wants to do is produce (music).

Georgia on my Mind

  • Jared Paul Stern

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We've been under no illusions as to Mick Jagger's impressive fecundity, but we thought we'd seen all the gorgeous children the wrinkly Rolling Stone planned to crank out in this lifetime. Turns out we overlooked Georgia May, 16, his drop-dead daughter by legendary stunner Jerry Hall.

Georgia just made her modeling debut in the UK for the *Mail on Sunday*'s You magazine, and we think the girl's gonna go places. She's got the signature lippage, for one thing, and has obviously been practicing poppa's pout. And in case you're wondering what it's like having Mick as a dad, Georgie confesses to the mag, “He's not as cool as you'd think he'd be.”

Oh well.

Kempt Man of the Hour: Luigi Tadini

  • Jared Paul Stern

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Brazilian jewelry designer / socialite Luigi Tadini—full name Gian Luigi de Almeida Prado Tadini—is one of those rare fellows who can pull off an ascot. You might say he's carved out something of a niche in the offbeat neckwear department.

Tadini, a sometime model who also had a small role in *The Devil Wears Prada*, describes his style as “a mix between a young Mick Jagger and 40 year-old Cary Grant and perhaps a little Alain Delon”. The man knows his references, at least.

More on Mr. Tadini's influences»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Peter Som

  • Jared Paul Stern

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

At the house of Bill Blass, where he was recently installed as creative director, young designer Peter Som is overseeing the women's line (Michael Bastian has control of menswear). But Som, who worked for the late Mr. Blass himself after graduating from the Parsons School of Design and who debuted his own collection in 2001, is no sartorial slouch.

At a Le Cirque dinner the other night celebrating his new position, Som was in far nattier form than the laid-back Bastian usually musters»

Stone Age

  • Jared Paul Stern

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Back before they turned into the geriatric juggernaut that seems to be on a never-ending world tour, the Rolling Stones were the coolest rock band in the universe. In 1969, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the gang crisscrossed the country in support of their album *Beggar's Banquet*, culminating in the infamous free concert at Altamont in Northern California where Hell's Angels killed a member of the audience.

Photographer Ethan Russell was with them every step of the way »