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The Six Quilted Blazers to Consider

  • Kempt Staff

021814_Blazers_HED There’s something that’s been missing from your winter layering routine: a quilted blazer.

It’s a secret weapon that adds a few extra degrees of warmth between your indoor getup and your overcoat without sacrificing handsomeness (because really, those Stay Puft down jackets were meant for the ski slopes, not the office). And since it would seem that winter has no plans of letting up anytime soon, you’ve still got a chance to pick up one of these and get some good mileage out of it...

The six quilted blazers to consider this season.»

Talking Shop: Unionmade’s Todd Barket

  • Najib Benouar


San Francisco’s menswear emporium Unionmade has been stocking some of the finest menswear this side of, well, anywhere for a while now—and as if that wasn’t already impressive enough, in the past few years they’ve been collaborating with some of their favorite labels to spectacular effect. With the third installment of their Indigo series hitting shelves this month and a new line of coats with Golden Bear launched on Monday, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all of the handsomeness they’re turning out. Luckily, we got to sit down with the mastermind behind it all, founder Todd Barket, to hear all about it.

Talking shop with Unionmade’s Todd Barket about their new exclusives, a few labels you probably haven’t heard of yet and more, after the jump.»

This Fall: Double the Handsomeness from Coach

  • Kempt Staff


We’ve got a weakness for anything structured, rugged and finished in a buttery-soft leather. And just about everything else Coach does.

So consider this double whammy: they’ve just launched a fall 2013 collection inspired by NYC, plus their new design partnership with Billy Reid.

Yep. Coach isn’t just making achingly beautiful wallets and handbags anymore—though they’re still doing a bang-up job on that front. They’re applying their 72 years of luxury know-how to a slick mélange of autumnal handsomeness in their fall 2013 collection, replete with tailored coats, cashmere sweaters, leather boots and bags—and whatever else you need to look better than everyone ever.

(Pro tip: to hear some New York Stories from some of Coach’s handpicked fashion influencers like British gent-about-town Will Chalker, and inspiration behind the collection, follow #CoachNewYorkStories wherever hashtags are accepted.)

And feel free to expect everything in the new fall collection to be just as ruggedly handsome as their bags have always been.

With even more emphasis on the “handsome” part.

Fall Report: Colors, Materials, Patterns

  • Kempt Staff

BG-4KPB_mzFall is so close, we can taste it (very spiced-cider-y this year). So, in anticipation of the monumental shift in your wardrobe, leisure activities and general state-of-mind, we’re dedicating this week to preparing you for all of your upcoming autumnal endeavors...

We continue our coverage with a look ahead to the colors, materials and patterns you can expect to see on the racks (and in your closet).»

Field Report: Todd Snyder’s Next-Level Outerwear

  • Najib Benouar


Another dispatch from New York Fashion Week, which—so far—is persisting, despite the impending storm.

Leave it to Todd Snyder to somehow take all three trends we’ve been seeing lately—fur trim, leather and belted outerwear—and turn them into one spectacular coat.

In the wrong hands, all that black leather and shearling could end up looking like the sort of thing an over-the-hill mafia hit man might wear, but Snyder keeps it trim and luxe. We might choose a different pair of shoes to minimize the amount of black leather happening, but otherwise it’s exactly what you’d want to wrap yourself up in during weather like this.

At least one guy was totally prepared for the snowpocalypse today.»

Navigating the Pop Up Flea V

  • Najib Benouar

The Pop Up Flea has become the stuff of #menswear legend. And it’s back for its fifth installment—but you’d be mistaken to think they’re still doing the same old stuff. This one is going to be even bigger and even better. (Trust us, we know a guy.)

If you’ve never heard of the PUF (though we highly doubt that, if you’re reading Kempt), imagine all of your favorite bloggerly things on the Internet materialized in one place: knobby wooden posts you can actually touch, your favorite shoemaker in the flesh, the smell of motor oil and vintage tweed in the air... The whole thing was conceived by Michael “ACL” Williams and our very own editorial director, Randy Goldberg, who has so graciously allowed us to pick his brain on what to expect from the three-day extravaganza that kicks off at 3pm tomorrow at NYC’s ROOT (Drive-In) studios. (And show you a few sneak peeks.)

The definitive guide to navigating all of the menswear, automobiles and art installations that will be at this weekend’s Pop Up Flea.»

Barbara di Creddo Just Finished 100 Push-Ups

  • Kempt Staff

via World’s Best Ever

Parka Shuffle: Of all the great life lessons to be learned from Goonies, choosing the right outerwear ranks high. [Alexander Grant]

Binders Full of Handsome: Mitt Romney reminds Esquire that the binder can be a handsome accessory. [Esquire]

Secret Handshakes: The NBA’s latest killjoy rule is limiting pregame rituals to 90 seconds. Grantland suggests cutting elsewhere. [Grantland]

Take a Load Off: The gents at Well Spent take some autumnal style cues from The Band. [Well Spent]

The Anti-Peacoat

  • Najib Benouar

If you’re expecting to find yourself anywhere as foggy as the UK in the near future, we’d like to direct you to this wool coat from the Brit minimalists at Folk that’s just landed at Hickoree’s Hard Goods.

It’ll have you covered in just about any situation where you would have reached for your peacoat this time last year, but it sticks with a single-breast and ups the ante with a shawl collar—which should have you standing out in the soon-to-be-swelling sea of double-breasted Melton wool.

And high tide is coming sooner than you might think.

Spotting a Trend...

  • Najib Benouar

The Dude may have been on to something...

On the heels of our Friday post on Ian Velardi’s robe-style outerwear, it seem the gents over at Four Pins managed to dig up another equally handsome robe: this polka-dotted flannel number from Engineered Garments. And we’re inclined to call two a trend on this one. Unlike the down-filled parka-robe, this one doesn’t quite have the outerwear chops—most likely to become the extra layer to your game-day sweats and morning patio-wear. The fact that it’s cropped above the knee might give you a bit of leeway in the not-accidentally-dapper-coffee-run department, but proceed with extreme caution.

Just remember, the Dude abides.