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The New International Men’s Shops to Know

  • Kempt Staff

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In our grand tradition of keeping you up to date on the international men’s shop scene, we’ve scoured the globe for the newest openings in your regular haunts—you know, Shanghai, Berlin, the usual. Because you never know when you’re going to need some British tailoring while in Hamburg.

Here are the latest updates to your already-dapper international rolodex of men’s shops...»

The Art of Surfing

  • Najib Benouar

You don’t have to be a surfer to appreciate the effortless cool of surf culture—anyone who’s spent a weekend at the beach has gotten a good taste.

Here to give you another taste: this fully custom surfboard built by the surf gurus at Swami’s in collaboration with the eccentrically British designer Paul Smith. (Another exclusive from our friends at UrbanDaddy Perks.) It crosses the cultural gambit by marrying form and function—the board’s got the chops to keep up with any die-hard surfer, yet it’s handsome enough to be displayed as art. (Just say you hang it there between trips to Borneo.) And even if it never rides a wave, it will certainly lend you more cred than a Point Break poster.

Floral Print at Its Best

As we mentioned on Tuesday, floral prints are having a bit of a moment these days. They're best used as an accent—more likely to show up in a pocket square or a jacket lining—but since flowers have been showing up more and more lately, we thought we’d pull together some of the best specimens the Web has to offer. It’s been a good year for the roses...

See a few pictures of floral print at its best»

The Icon: Daniel Day-Lewis

St. Patrick’s Day is just two days away, so we thought we’d dedicate this week’s icon to one of the most stylish Irishmen currently on the scene. We’re thinking of Daniel Day-Lewis, he of the piercing blue eyes and the method intensity. And as a man of refinement, he also happens to know his way around a tailor’s office.

Our five favorite Daniel Day-Lewis pics, after the jump»

The Return of the Mop

The haircuts of Paris Fashion Week are always a bit outlandish, but we noticed a heartening trend this time around: the return of the mop-top.

Granted, it never really went away, but this year saw a proliferation of mops unlike anything in recent memory. Scanning models, we spotted the McCartney cut on gentlemen at Lanvin, Paul Smith and every last model at Kenzo. (Balmain is close, but that’s really more of a Bieber.)

The lesson? The era of the awkwardly named Hitler Youth cut is coming to a close—and the mods are filling the void. We couldn’t be happier.

Europe, On Sale

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Farfetch isn’t as well known in the States, but it’s a great resource for anyone who gets a thrill from browsing through boutiques. (We’ll go ahead and assume that’s you.) They’re an e-commerce hub for a whole cohort of European and British shops, which means you end up sorting through thousands of designers at once. And when they go on sale, they really go on sale.

Now is one of those times.

Here’s our tour of the goods, including Prada wingtips, swim trunks and Brunello Cucinelli»

A Gentleman’s Guide to Warm Hands

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As part of our tireless commitment 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.

Behold, our favorite gloves»

Ashley Smith is No Longer Welcome at Whole Foods

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It’s Fall, Bitches: A profanity-laced ode to the season of decorative gourds. [McSweeney’s]

Ophuls Represent: Wes Anderson’s top 12 Criterion DVDs are not as twee as you might expect. [Criterion]

Bundle Up: Barneys sits down with Nigel Cabourn, who apparently used to employ a young Paul Smith. [The B List]

As Far As We Can Tell, This is Not a Joke: The LIFE archives has put together a 30-picture photoset entitled “What Can You Carry on Your Head.” One of the answers is, “You Can Carry a Large Pile of Clothing in a Mushroom-Shaped Hat.” Good to know. [LIFE]

Olya Omyalevya Needs a Pillow

A Gentleman’s Guide to Astronomy: Tonight is going to see the brightest meteor shower of the year. Here’s where to watch. [Lifehacker]

Way Out West: San Francisco picks up some more cool points with these Levi’s workshops. [BlackBook]

Fickle Youth: Obama can’t even get love from babies anymore. Tough gig. [NYMag]

Someone’s Having a Laugh: Paul Smith is selling three-wolf t-shirts now. In related news, the world is a strange and senseless place. [Magnificent Bastard]

Let’s Get Loud

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At the risk of becoming a blog entirely devoted to swimsuits, we’re going to give you one last Paul Smith option before leaving you to fend for yourself.

This one’s for the bold. Swim trunks are dealing with a lot less real estate than more formal attire, so you’re free to try out wilder patterns like this one. And since you’re dealing with the same trim cut as the rest of our offerings, you’ll stay reasonably clear of Hawaiian territories.

A Touch of Silver Can Be Quite Distinguished

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Here’s a new idea for saving print: Frisbees. Hypebeast just turned us on to Berlin’s own Freestyle Magazine, who just released their second issue. It’s distinguished by two remarkable feats. First, they continue their commitment to shipping every issue with a Frisbee—in this case, a Paul Smith-designed disc with the slogan “Take Pleasure Seriously.” Second, they managed to convince Sir Smith himself to indulge in silver face paint, presumably by appealing to his inner Bowie. Read it while listening to Kraftwerk.