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RIP George Jones

  • Najib Benouar

George Jones

Sad news for honky-tonk and the music world in general: George Jones has passed on.

The man was a bona fide living legend and exactly what you wanted out of a country star—even if it wasn’t always the healthiest way to live. His reputation preceded him (Waylon Jennings once sang, “He may be, unconsciously, the greatest of them all”) and we may never see another like him.

So in faring him well, we’ll leave you with a few iconic photos of the tough, often lovelorn man they called “Possum.”»

Best New Watches for Spring, Thatcher’s Mysterious Hashtag and Smelling Natural

  • Kempt Staff


Time In: GQ rounds up the best new watches for spring under $600.

Thatch Tag: While the gravity of the loss of Margaret Thatcher was not lost on most people, the Cher fans of the Twitter world were left guessing.

That Smell: In the event you’d like to smell like the resplendent outdoors at all times (and especially when indoors), Valet has got the goods.

Too Young: The transformative tale of one of the earliest Gmail accounts, courtesy of The New Yorker.

Stylish Dictators, a Significant Moment in Menswear and How to End a Conversation

  • Kempt Staff

River Phoenix

Despot On: Esquire mourns the death of dictatorial style with the passing of Hugo Chávez.

Going Ham Leg: Peeking into the New York loft of world-renowned chef Seamus Mullen.

Private Eyes: Wax Wane dissects what might be the greatest menswear line of the past decade, from long-lost label Number (N)ine.

The Endgame: While they’ve taught you many tricks to the nuance of stimulating conversation, Art of Manliness now tackles how to end one.

The Morning Edition

  • Kempt Staff

From the Feet Up: Esquire gives us a whiff of the newest offerings from shoemaker Berluti... for above the ankle. [Esquire]

Menswear Gets Weird: A particularly spot-on countdown of the most important menswear moments of the past year. [Four Pins]

Winning Time: And just in case you were wondering who “won 2012,” here’s a very scientific breakdown of that. [Grantland]

In Memoriam: An insightful reflection on the great people we said goodbye to in 2012—from spaceman to Beastie Boy. [NY Times]

A Sad Day for Modernism

  • Najib Benouar

Yesterday modernism lost two pioneers in their respective fields: jazz musician Dave Brubeck and Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

They were pillars of the modernist aesthetic (and sound) that’s been experiencing a renaissance lately—from the show Mad Men to that credenza your favorite Tumblr just posted a few minutes ago—Brubeck for creating a new offbeat-but-on-beat sound and Niemeyer for bending concrete into curvaceous monuments. And we’d like to take a moment to salute these visionaries who helped shape styles that still influence our lives to this day. Farewell, gentlemen—it’s been a good-looking run.

Live Fast, Die Old: An Obit to Aspire To

  • Najib Benouar

You only live once.

It’s been a good while since we’ve seen a better example of a life well-lived than John Cooper Fitch, who died at age 95 this week. We can only hope our New York Times obit reads like this.

Fitch was a fighter pilot who survived being shot down. Then he went on to be a successful race car driver—after racing yachts. Fitch socialized with royals—he was kissed by Evita after he won the 1951 Grand Prix of Argentina, and the best line of his obituary might be this one:

He liked to tell the story of how he met the Duke of Windsor at one soiree: they were relieving themselves on a bush at the time. The duke became a friend.

Fitch also was a leader in automobile safety; he invented the impact-softening barrels ubiquitous on highway off-ramps to this day, credited with saving 17,000 lives. He was even tapped to design a Chevy sports car, which led to him being “Nadered” before the term had been invented—Ralph was a consumer advocate at the time and pushed Chevy to stop production. The way this philosopher/Ricky Bobby summed it all up: “I always needed to go fast.” Needless to say, it’s worth a read.

And worth reconsidering the notion of “live fast, die young.”

Gemma Ward Agrees There’s a Nip in the Air

  • Kempt Staff

Shopping Itinerary 2.0: A Continuous Lean presents what very well may be the most practical men’s shopping tool since the L.L.Bean catalog first arrived in the mail. [A Continuous Lean]

A Time Piece Eight Times Stronger Than Steel: Our friends over at Driven found the perfect watch for Superman. We think it will suit you just fine, too... [Driven]

Redefining Exceptionalism: Vanity Fair dims the light on that shining city on a hill and asks America: “Can we handle the truth?” [Vanity Fair]

Andy Williams Floats Down the Moon River in the Sky: Williams, one of the most popular vocalists of the 1960s, died at the age of 84 Tuesday night. Farewell to our old “huckleberry friend.” [CNN]

Candice Swanepoel Cannot Let Go of the Beach

  • Kempt Staff

via Fashion Copious

MCD, RIP: Michael Bay and Tom Hanks, among others, share their memories of the larger-than-life Michael Clarke Duncan on his passing. [CNN]

Filtered: Three Instagram-famous photogs were given all-access to shoot the US Open on their phones. Here are the results. [Mashable]

Looking Underworked: The blokes over at Esky UK have some tips on not looking so damn tired all the time. [Esquire]

Dandy Tanner: Hypebeast catches up with Tanner Goods’ Sam Huff to talk leather and this whole heritage trend thing. [Hypebeast]

Farewell to the Original Iron Man

John Glenn coincidentally (but awesomely) threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium yesterday as part of a previously scheduled ceremony to honor Glenn’s service as both an orbiting astronaut and United States senator. Before heading out to the mound, Glenn, 91, was asked an extraordinary question: “Were you jealous of Neil Armstrong?”

The senator’s response made us proud to be Americans (and baseball fans)...»