Last week, we heard from someone, who heard from someone else, who heard from her hairstylist, that Kate Moss will be toplessly gracing the cover of Playboy’s upcoming January 2014 issue.
You know, all reliable sources.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re very excited about it. Though it is kind of a long time to wait for a girl who hasn’t exactly been nudity-averse for the majority of her career.
All right, the man’s not perfect. But he’s your father. And this Sunday, you have to show him that you appreciate that.
Now, fathers are certainly easier than mothers when it comes to these sorts of things. All dear ol’ Dad probably expects is your presence and a strong handshake. And maybe a card. But since he taught you not to do anything half-assed—for better or worse—you should probably go ahead and get the guy something anyway. And no excuses here; you can afford to splurge a little on the man you owe half your existence to.
From GQ to Cool Hunting to Vanity Fair, everyone’s got their opinions on where you should spend that pretty penny. So in an effort to simplify the decision, we’ve cut through all that noise and chosen our favorites… of their favorites.
It’s been another good month here on Kempt. (That’s right, it’ll be June tomorrow.)
And while it might have felt like May just flew by in a technicolor-jockeyed, unlined-blazered, patterned-short blur, we’d like to take a moment to remember some of the more handsome moments. So we’re firing up the Kempt DeLorean and taking a quick drive down recent memory lane in this new month-ending recap we like to call…
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.
The other day we received a curious invitation to a 24-hour sleepover with promises of reading, writing, painting and pondering…
Naturally, we obliged, and ended up happening upon one of the most unusually spectacular scenes we’ve ever encountered: pajama-clad ballerinas draping doorways in calisthenics, jazz-fueled pillow fighting and the soft, familiar scent of whiskey and bedsheets.
Breaking news: today is, apparently, Tweed Day.
Now, we’ve taken a pretty hard-line stance against bullshit holidays in the past. We even spent the requisite paperwork and fees to name a “No Bullshit Holidays Day” (get excited for May 10, gentlemen).
But we’ve also been known to bend the rules every so often, because… tequila. And today, we’re revising our stance once more to include the glorious celebration of a fabric that we rely on so dearly during the fall and winter months but won’t see much of for the next six or so. Like most of these holidays, the founding is dubious at best—but ultimately, it feels like a good enough reason to give the rugged wools a proper farewell until we meet again.
This new menswear shop that’s landed in an impossibly small corner of NYC caught our eye because of its ingenious use of space: it’s basically the two-story equivalent of an imperialism-era traveling wardrobe trunk.
It goes by the name of FOG and they’ve managed to pack as much handsomeness as humanly possible into its well-appointed sliver of NoHo by putting everything on casters that can be pulled and pushed around to reveal a rack of Italian sport coats, or perhaps a few shelves of D.S. Dundee sweaters, or even a drawer full of boat shoes (needless to say, they’ll have you ready for summer). What’s more, our friends over at UrbanDaddy NYC—who got the scoop—created an equally ingenious animated GIF of the shape-shifting shop in action, to really give you a sense of the experience…
It’s a big day for basketball, with March Madness finally kicking off this morning.
And it’s been a big week for basketball here on Kempt, with our own bracket pitting icons of the sidelines against one another in our quest to name the most stylish NCAA basketball coach ever. You can catch up on the first-round action here, the second-round action here and yesterday’s Final Four here. But you’ll have to tune in tomorrow for the grand finale…
The recent opening of the Basquiat retrospective at NYC’s Gagosian Gallery reminded us of one of our favorite peculiarities about the artist: his penchant for painting while wearing shockingly expensive Italian suiting. And for that matter, while generally regarded as a subversive vanguard, the man knew his way around a pocket square and bow tie pretty well. So we dug a little deeper, and found a good deal of trad items hiding in his wardrobe—even a herringbone blazer.
Our friends over at UrbanDaddy Perks have dug up a good-looking cache of vintage cameras—some of which are still operable—and it’s reminded us of the simple charms of old-school photography. (Not to mention how they’d be a nice addition to any well-appointed desktop.)
When film was the only medium, there was something more meaningful about taking each picture—the result was akin to a handwritten note only you could’ve written (there was no telling exactly what you’d captured until the film was developed). It made for the kind of perfectly imperfect moments that were lost with the digital viewfinder and 32GB memory card. And while you can be sure your 10-city trip through Europe benefited from the compactness of the digital age, we still think there’s plenty of merit to doing things the old-fashioned way every once in a while. So, in case you ever feel the urge, we rounded up a few good filmic options on the market today.
“The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it.”
The civil rights movement was born out of an ugly time in US history, but we’ll be damned if it didn’t make for some good-looking protesters.
With the always-impeccable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leading the way, a sea of crisp suits, skinny ties and Wayfarers led our country into equality. In honor of the great man and movement, we dug through the archives and were surprised to find a handsome lot of style icons also heading up the charge for civil rights—a veritable who’s who of impossibly cool gentlemen—everyone from Brando and Newman to Belafonte, Dylan and Davis Jr. Hell, even Charlton Heston got in on the action. It’s as if somehow impassioned, selfless endeavoring has a way of adding an extra layer of dapperness—not to mention being on the right side of history.
You’re probably familiar with the Impossible Cool—a site dedicated to black-and-white photos starring everyone from Alain Delon to Kurt Vonnegut looking, well, impossibly cool. And you might even be familiar with the ongoing collaboration with Sonic Editions—who are in the business of archival-quality prints of iconic photos of mostly rock stars.
For their latest limited-run batch, they’ve come up with a new twist: color. It’s a revolutionary idea, we know. Almost blasphemous if you’re a longtime Impossible Cool fan, but something you’ll quickly get over once you see how ravishing Marilyn Monroe’s bright red dress looks or the way David Bowie’s strawberry blond coif adds intrigue to the mostly gray palette of a 1976 photo. It’s a whole new world of impossibilities in coolness.
We’re working off a hunch here, but you’ve probably got a few semiformal gatherings to attend in the upcoming weeks.
And if you’re looking for some guidance on what to throw on, the latest holiday lookbook from Gant Rugger is a pretty good start. The middle one here is our favorite of the bunch, but there are plenty more after the jump—whether you’re thinking jeans and a blazer or head-to-toe green. In addition to the snaps, Christopher Bastin et al filmed a short video featuring the clothes in action, some textbook champagne sabering and a fond kiss from an Emma Watson look-alike—all set to the curiously spot-on tune of “The Promise” by British New Wave band When in Rome.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to get started on some epic gluttony, football watching and an appropriate amount of familial rabble rousing. Let’s also take a brief moment to recognize how awesome this photo of Marilyn Monroe is. (Sexy Pilgrims do exist!) Gentlemen, start your carving knives.
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