You might be wondering why Kempt looks so fresh-faced here in the new year... Yes, we finally shaved, but also: we’ve updated our Must-Haves for the deep winter. (You’ll find them in their semipermanent home over in the left column.)
They’re a rare breed this day and age, but the Danes at S. N. S. Herning are still making a pair—and their Apex Mittens have just landed at SF’s Unionmade with the rest of S. N. S. Herning’s woolly goodness for the season. Here’s what else you need to know.
The Story: S. N. S. Herning has been swaddling the Danish coast in 100% pure new wool since 1931, using a “bobble” knit that’s thick, durable and warm and looks pretty darn cool when you see it in a pattern on a sweater... or mittens.
Who to Channel: Sir Edmund Hillary ascending Mount Everest; a really dapper snowman; a heavyweight boxer.
When to Wear Them: Within three miles of a log cabin; once it’s gotten too cold to text outdoors; anytime an impromptu snowball fight might break out.
Degree of Difficulty: Somewhat high. These are mittens. There’s a real risk of ending up looking like the little brother from A Christmas Story or that guy on the cover of Fuck Yeah Menswear. Try and stay somewhere in between those two and you should be fine.
It’s hard to look good in the middle of a snowstorm, but these gents—pulled from the set of Gant Rugger’s Winter lookbook—pull it off pretty well. The lesson? Layer for all you’re worth and don’t fear the mitten. And everything's warmer in a Fair Isle pattern.
As part of our tirelesscommitment to outfitting you for the coming winter, we thought we’d call attention to your hands.
More specifically, how you’re going to protect them without losing the ability to turn doorknobs.
Fortunately, the rise of the lumberjack-as-style-icon means you’ve got a uniquely broad swath of cozy gloves to choose from, and most of them can take as much snowball-related punishment as you can dish out. In short, it’s going to be quite a winter.