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But I Want It Now: NYFW:M Stuff You Can Have Now, Part II

  • Kempt Staff
But I Want It Now: NYFW:M Stuff You Can Have Now, Part II

Fashion Week shows offer the rare opportunity to see what you and others of your well-dressed ilk will be rocking a calendar year from now. It’s like stepping into a time machine where everyone’s taking photos all the time. The king-hell bummer of it all is that you’re not wearing any of this wonderful stuff until next year. Uncool.

So we’re doing a public service today by letting you in on the best stuff you can procure right this very second from all the designers showing tomorrow. Happy acquiring.

Saying Hi to the Neighbors

Neighborsvia YHBTI

Stitch by Stitch: A gaggle of pics from behind the scenes at Oak Street Bootmakers. [A Headlong Dive]

The Info Fix: Checking Twitter may be more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol. We believe it. [The Guardian]

Meet the New Boss: Richard Chai steps up as creative director of Filson. We can’t wait to see what he does with it. [Complex]

And Just Because It’s Friday...: Here’s footage from an NYC Clash show circa 1979. [Dangerous Minds]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Amare Stoudemire

We’re still recovering from the frightening quantity of long ties at the Emmys, so this week’s MOTH comes from the tail end of Fashion Week, when Amare Stoudamire decided to stop by the Richard Chai show. And naturally, he dressed for the occasion.

Unlike most of the celebs passing through, Amare could actually pass for a blogger. And we mean that in a good way.

Maybe it’s the V-neck/fedora combo, which makes him seem like a well-heeled but traditional newspaperman. Or the way the tweedy touches play with NBA-standard affectations like the sleeve tattoo or the Rolex. Either way, he fit right in with the first row—which is quite a feat for an NBA man. Now where’s his GQ cover?

Diane Kruger is Dressed for Snow


Let’s Go Krugering: Diane Kruger is more German than you might otherwise think. [GQ]

The Real Donald: Donald Sutherland contains all worldly wisdom. Somehow, Esquire got him to spill the goods. [Esquire]

The Other Best in Show: Richard Chai for Original Penguin is looking pretty good. [Selectism]

There Goes a Steel-Drivin’ Man: In honor of the modern-day John Henry tale going on on Jeopardy right now, McSweeney’s drops an ode to the robot contestant Watson. [McSweeney’s]

Kick Off


There are plenty of old school American sneaker brands in need of rehabilitation, but Keds is pretty near the top of the list. And it looks like Richard Chai is the lucky designer who gets to take a crack at it.

Of course, pairing a hungry designer with a classic basketball shoe is a tried and true combination, and it would appear Chai is even borrowing a few tricks from his predecessors, like doing away with laces. New additions include zippers, puffy high tops and an intriguingly sheen finish…but we’ll have to wait at least another few months before we’re lucky enough to see them in person.

All in the Family


The oatmeal-loving minimalist Richard Chai is getting another shot at retail, thanks to a well-timed popup shop. This time, he’s taking to his brother’s rotating hipster depot DEN, with a few choice items from his recent Paris shows hitting the racks for the next few weeks.

As for the goods, it’s a bit more dour than last time around, but that might just be a sign of the times. The pants are all heavily cuffed for a grittily urban effect—none of Thom Browne’s nerd-chic here—with a few well-sewn jackets to complete the effect.

And apparently, like everyone else, he’s holding onto his chucks.

Take a look at the store and the line»

Hot Chai


We’re past Labor Day, which means the fall collections are finally trickling into stores. Our favorite so far came to us by way of UrbanDaddy: the first men’s line from Richard Chai. Richard’s brother Eddy has been ruling lower Manhattan with an iron fist for the last few years as co-owner of Odin, but it’s safe to say Richard has more than nepotism on his side.

His new line looks like J. Crew circa 2020, with low-slung cardigans and multi-layered pea coats giving a surprising twist on one of our favorite looks. And we never say no to a v-neck, even if we don’t advise the all-oatmeal approach taken by the gentleman in the middle.

It’s shaping up to be an interesting autumn.