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Kempt’s Guide to the Father’s Day Gift Guides of 2013

Father's Day

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.

For the slightly narrowed field, take a gander at Kempt’s Second Annual Guide to the Father’s Day Gift Guides (in order of Dad’s expected reaction), after the jump...»

Your Ski Chalet Essentials

  • Najib Benouar

Now that ski season is in full swing, it’s imperative that you properly equip your chalet (or, at the very least, the place you’ll live this winter) to make sure you’re getting the most out of your wintry escapades. The ideal winter den requires a strong balance of ruggedness, alpinism and—above all else—coziness.

And we’ve got just the five things you’ll need to strike that balance, from animal hide to open flame.»

Navigating Cyber Monday

  • Najib Benouar

Your cure for this epic case of the Mondays you’ve got right now: stocking up on some new threads at Cyber Monday prices.

Basically, the entire Internet is on sale today, so there’s a lot to wade through. Luckily, we did it for you—to find the best #menswear-friendly deals in cyberspace (then we can retire the word “cyber” until next year, or forever), including a few exclusives you won’t find elsewhere...(For a few more deals, check out our friends at Urban Daddy.)

Your direct line to the best of Cyber Monday, right this way:»

Going Robe

  • Najib Benouar

The rule of three has been met. Welcome to the robe era, gentlemen.

First it was a robe-style parka from Ian Velardi, then a robe-style flannel... robe, and now: this robe-style cardigan from Slowear.

This one might be the coziest we’ve seen yet—in a chunky-knit wool from Zanone (under the Slowear umbrella, which includes the blogger gold standard of pants, Incotex). It’s also the least outlandish of the bunch—basically just a longer-than-usual cardigan with the option of a belt—which should lend itself to more situations that don’t require a tie.

Depending on how casual your casual Fridays get.

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.

His Royal Coziness

  • Najib Benouar

Yesterday, our esteemed colleagues over at UrbanDaddy tipped us off to the opening of Wittmore—your newest destination for Internet handsomeness.

And while there’s plenty of other really, really ridiculously good-looking stuff on the site, we tractor-beamed straight to this robe-styled down parka. In fact, we got a peek at Ian Velardi’s outer-lounge-wear mashup at last winter’s men’s shows and have been thinking of it ever since... wondering if it was all just a dream... or a one-off commissioned by some mystical blogger-king... until now (and Wittmore has got the exclusive). We’ll admit, it’s an advanced move in every sense, but if you can pull it off, you’ll be spending the next few months basking in a regal cocoon of next-level coziness.

You might never take this thing off.

A Gentleman’s Napwear

You might not wear it out on the town, but sharp sleepwear is among the more elegant things a gentleman can own. Case in point: this snap of bandleader Louis Jordan resting up before a show in a paisley housecoat. Not bad, sir.

The Robe to End All Robes

  • Najib Benouar


Suddenly, unexpectedly, you need a little extra shelter for your morning pilgrimage from your bed to the shower. Some calf-length shelter. And just like that, it’s robe season again.

After examining the options, we’ve managed to find the gold standard of sleeved drapery: this silk-lined satin-piped cashmere model from Brooks Brothers. It’ll set you back more than a suit, but after you’ve spent the morning nibbling toast, sipping orange juice and perusing financial newspapers the rest of the world hasn’t even heard of, you’ll know where the money went.

In the unlikely event you’re not ready to dig quite that deep, you’ll always find adequate shelter from the brisk morning cold in a trusty cotton flannel robe like L.L. Bean’s. There’s also this new offering from Pendleton, but we’re still skeptical on how comforting wool can really be in the morning—let alone any time bare skin is involved.