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Carmen Kass Wasn’t Planning for Tomorrow

  • Kempt Staff

Future Tense: After a banner year for menswear, a few industry heavies predict what’s next in 2013. [Esquire]

Pell Grant: Well Spent catches up with a century-old under-the-radar heritage brand from Pella, Iowa. [Well Spent]

Rap It Up: A GQ+A with everyone’s new favorite rapper straight outta Compton: Kendrick Lamar. [GQ]

Much Ado: And just in case you want to keep tabs on the whole Mayan apocalypse thing, Daily Intel is live-blogging it. [Daily Intel]

Kate Upton Wrote a Song About Her Bikini

  • Najib Benouar

via Beach Bunny

Shorts Illustrated: Menswear always looks better in pencil form—courtesy of N’East Style. [Well Spent] Reporting Live from Turn 3: At the Indy 500, “where irresponsible behavior is mandatory and clothing is optional.” [Grantland]

Casting Dept.: In case you ever end up on the wrong end of a ski trip: Men of Habit digs up an old editorial spread featuring well-heeled men wearing casts. [Men of Habit]

Where Brooklyn’s At: A new form of urban cartography: mapping NYC by the stomping grounds of famous rappers. [A Very Small Array]

This Year’s Rapper


Theophilus London has been popping up a lot lately—most recently in this month’s Interview, looking like a 21st century Reverend Run. (We’re particularly digging the airplane pin.) His first LP won’t be out until June, but he’s already hitting the print and endorsement circuit pretty hard.

The style isn’t all for show either. He’s currently juggling endorsements from both Gucci, Bushmill’s and Mountain Dew, which requires some pretty serious triangulation. That means looking good in a fashion spread, a leather jacket and a t-shirt depending on the occasion. But for a guy who managed to bring Elvis Costello and Smiths references to the mixtape scene, it shouldn't be too hard.

It turns out hopping between looks isn’t just fashion anymore. It’s a bonafide business skill.

Kempt Endorses: Rappers Dressing Like This


We aren’t entirely up on the new crop of acts emerging out of SXSW, but we know what we like. One thing we like: when rappers wear tie pins.

This is L.A.’s own Shawn Chrystopher, an unsigned, Fiasco-esque rapper who made an impression with an unusually well-dressed performance in Austin. If he keeps up this look, he’s well on his way to being the Thom Browne of hip-hop.

Anton Corbijn Has Been Hanging Out with Ryan McGinley


American Girls: Anton Corbijn lets slip a few stills from The American. In a word: awesome. [W Magazine]

When Juggalos Attack: A firsthand account of the Gathering of the Juggalos. Prepare to be depressed about the state of the world. [A.V. Club]

Pick Up the Phone: In a world of mobiles, Giz defends the landline. Good luck with that one. [Gizmodo]

Hov!: The 22 riches rappers are all quite rich, mostly good at rapping. [The Awl]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Snoop Dogg

  • Jared Paul Stern

Snoop Dogg

*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Among the many things Snoop Dogg is known—or perhaps we should say notorious—for, sartorial splendor isn't really numbered among them. But we had to hand the man a MOTH for the threads he sported at the 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards in L.A. the other night. Eschewing the usual barfy bling of the rap star set, Snoop (pictured here with his wife Shante Broadus) pulled off an ensemble that was both eye-catching and classic at the same time.

Anchoring the look was a black four-button velvet Dolce & Gabbana frock coat with satin trim »

All That Glitters

Mr. T

In another chapter in the contentious, controversial dialog over men's jewelry, the Wall Street Journal reveals that, "sales of men's bling have taken off, nearly doubling from 2004 to 2006 and reaching $6 billion in the U.S." No suckers, _The Journal_ intimates that perhaps these figures have as much to do with clever luxury promotion and the recent crests in middle-class ostentation as true style. According to one expert, the trend has moved from hipsters and rappers to, "orthodontists in New Jersey,"—a tipping point or a death knell. Russell Simmons , with a somewhat different perspective, says he's never seen, "a more untapped market."

More on the questionable trend »