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By now we’d suspect you’ve already made a good deal of headway into your spring-cleaning checklist.

Congrats on that.

Yet there’s one area you may have overlooked that deserves some serious attention: your face and the beard (or beard-like situation) you’ve let grow wild on it during the colder months. While you’re very well allowed to continue cultivating the scruff—if you think the UV protection will outweigh the heat your cheek-blankets are sure to retain as the mercury rises—you still ought to make sure you’re keeping it tidy.

So, for a little seasonally shorn motivation, take a few cues from stylish men who’ve been known to pick up a razor of their own, after the jump...»

Five Upgrades to Your Shaving Arsenal

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

1001KMT_Hed_Updated With the onset of October, fall is looming close. Here at Kempt, that means serious prep work: we’re rewaxing our canvas, lacing up our boots and pressing our finest woolen suits.

With our wardrobes on lockdown, we’d be remiss to overlook the necessary tools required for managing autumnal facial scruff.

However tempting it may be to simply grab a Bic and proceed, there’s a whole slew of grooming excellence out there to consider. We’re here to help you navigate.

Herewith, five upgrades to your shaving arsenal...»

Getting Back to Grooming Basics

  • Najib Benouar


The average size of a sink top hasn’t changed much over the past 50 years, but with the dizzying array of modern grooming products out there nowadays, yours probably feels a lot more cramped than granddad’s.

It was a simpler time then, sure, but you can still find shaving cream in a can, a good bar of soap and a classic stick of deodorant in any drugstore in town. And you can sure as hell bet they get the job done—which is why they’re still around, some going on two centuries, and usually still selling for old-timey prices (a bonus for anyone stretching his grooming budget).

Allow us to show you the finer points of embracing the classics.»

Victoria Germyn Has Just Eaten an Entire Clove of Garlic

Someone Just Broke the First and Second Rules: Hamilton Nolan details a night at the illegal Underground Combat League, which we’re going to just refer to as “Fight Club.” [Gawker]

The Corduroy Is Rising: A typically excellent runway show from Band of Outsiders. Lotta soft colors here. [Hypebeast]

Words of Wisdom: Forty-three great quotes about menswear. Our favorite goes like this: “Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.” [Men’s Flair]

The Saga of the Shave: How much of a difference does shaving with a badger-hair brush make? A trad investigates. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

A Gentleman’s Guide to Smelling Like a Barbershop

You know the scent: that first whiff of razor dust and talc that hits you on your way through the barbershop door, along with a certain lemony tonic smell. It’s the same in nearly every shop, and every time it puts us in the same nostalgic mood.

The good news is, they bottle it.

It’s called Pinaud Clubman and it’s been occupying an unassuming corner of your local drugstore for two centuries now. And while we’re usually interested in the more modern end of the fragrance world, it’s hands-down one of the most classic scents in the world of man, combining a strong hit of alcohol with lemon, jasmine and all manner of unobtrusive odors.

In short, it smells like a freshly shaved man (200 years of incidental aromatherapy tends to leave an impression). And since it’s about as expensive as shaving cream, it’s also good news for anyone stretching his grooming budget.

Hulkamania in Autumn

We don’t like breaking the hearts of our readers, but TMZ is reporting that Hulk Hogan is shaving his trademark mustache.

The iconic blond handlebar has lorded over Hogan’s face like a peroxided Arc de Triomphe during his 12 runs as a world heavyweight wrestling champion (and oddly, as owner of the most popular 900 number from 1991-93). But as much as it hurts, we’re going to give this news a tentative endorsement.

Naturally, we have our reasons...»

Grooming on Film: Rounders

A great shave can work wonders.

And if you’re in the middle of a five-day poker binge—with no time for sleep—it might be the best thing to keep you on your feet.

That’s the premise behind one of the more charming moments in Rounders, when Matt Damon and Edward Norton pause in their relentless pursuit of a $15,000 bankroll, and stop by a barbershop for an old-school shave.

Let’s just take a moment to savor it...»

Dusting Off: Classic Shaving Cream


As connoisseurs of history, we sometimes find styles, habits and turns of phrase from the past that we wouldn’t mind bringing back to the present, Doc Brown-style. This time around, we’re dusting off classic shaving cream.

By now, you’ve heard from the shaving trads.

The ones that swear by the straight razor. The ones that let nothing but badger hair caress their virgin cheeks.

So we won’t waste your time proselytizing the old school barbershop shave—but we would like to draw your attention to the most important and most overlooked element of the holy ritual: the classic shaving cream.

It’s a custom we’d like to dust off…»

Valerie van der Graaf Has Lost the Pillow Fight

The Coat of Coats: James Fox’s guide to the covert coat. (It’s not actually all that covert.) [Details]

Energetic. Intelligent. Smart Appearance: The tale of Savile Row’s Richard Anderson, as told by Sadie Stein. [Paris Review]

The Badger Hair Wins Again: A tour of Edwin Jagger’s shaving gear. Quality stuff, by the look of it. [Mister Crew]

In Design: John Cho Moore makes great bags, as this video can attest. [Free/Man]

The Shaving Stick


As grooming columns occasionally remind you, in a perfect world we’d all be shaving with straight razors, mortars and badger-hair brushes. But in the rare possibility your morning routine is a little more hectic, we’ve got a simple solution for you: the shaving stick.

Think of it as one less goo in your morning routine. Give yourself a quick once-over with the deodorant-style stick and you’ll have exactly as much shave soap as you need. It’s a little thicker than the kind that sprays out of a bottle—and you may want to rub your hand over your muzzle a few times to raise the hairs—but it makes the whole experience a lot easier for the pre-caffeinated mind to handle. And more importantly, you’ll be a lot less likely to emerge with a bit of foam dangling from your earlobe. This one’s our favorite, but these two aren’t bad—as long as you can stand to part with your badger-hair brush.

Kate Moss is Surveilling You

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Starman: A skydiver is set to make a supersonic parachute jump from the edge of space. Somewhere, Evel Knievel is drinking sorrowfully. [Boing Boing]

Five Guys Walk Into a Bar: GQ sits down with John Landis, Judd Apatow, Adam McKay, Edgar Wright and Todd Phillips for a frank discussion of Tyler Perry. [GQ]

Cream of the Crop: Valet digs up a eucalyptus-based Florentine shaving cream. Handsome stuff. [Valet]

Also, ”I’m a Little Swollen”: Louis C. K. enters the pantheon of heroes by going on the Joy Behar show hours after having a vasectomy. The key line: “I don’t like my sperm. I’m tired of it.” Shine on, Mr. K. [YouTube]