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Pancake Sentiments and Porsche-ing Through the Snow

  • Kempt Staff


Panned: On the occasion of yesterday’s National Pancake Day, Slate explores the food’s inextricable link to breakfast.

Dr. Zoice: The Week counts down the 11 words you probably didn’t even realize you were mispronouncing. (You are.)

Nordic Tracks: One man. One 1966 Porsche 911. And the majestic expanse of Norway’s North Cape.

Characters Wanted: Bench & Loom’s Men of Character series reminds us why guys like Sir Edmund Hillary and Tazio Nuvolari are still considered icons to this day.

The Selvedge Stripe


We’ve gushed about winter shawl collars before, but this sweater from Norway’s Amundsen throws in a minor touch that elevates it to a whole new level.

We’re thinking of that red, white and blue stripe running down the outside of the cuff. If it looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it running down the outer cuff of a few hundred pairs of raw denim jeans, looking something like this.

Of course, there were industrial reasons for that stripe (specifically, the red thread that marks the edge of a sheet of denim), and this is just a trick of style. But as tricks go, it’s a pretty good one.

The Grandmaster


Call it the tail end of the Fisher Boom if you want, but chess players are about to get a whole lot cooler.

In particular, we’re thinking of Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, the world’s #1 ranked chess player, the third youngest grandmaster in history, and a surprisingly promising male model. About that last one: G-Star recently brought the 19-year-old Carlsen together with Anton Corbijn for a couple shots for their fall line, and he came off looking like a cross between a boxer and an unusually sartorial Russian gangster.

In short, he’s a compelling dude, and the tortured chess player vibe is only part of it. Later in the year they’ll be sponsoring a Magnus-headlined chess tournament, but the real surprise is just how much cultural water a chess prodigy can draw nowadays. Rza would be proud.

All Together Now


Apparently the Norwegian Salvation Army stores are a good deal less depressing than the stateside ones, or at least they have a bigger ad budget.

This eye-catching spot follows a winsome Scandinavian Alice down the thrift-store rabbit hole, as she explores a series of single-color rooms that connect to each other in confusing and inconsistent ways. Click on the green circle and you’ll see her model a series of 60s-inflected one-pieces, surrounded by green bookshelves, cabinets, and planters. Click on another circle and you’ll see her walk to the right…into whatever color room you picked and whatever style goes with it. The overall effect is somewhere between Project Runway and stumbling onto a foreign satellite channel at 4 in the morning.

The aesthetic is bizarrely matchy, but that's more or less the point. If you’re looking for a duvet for your mauve guest room, they’ve probably sold you. Otherwise, we’re skeptical. Maybe we’d like it more if she sang…