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The Five Things You Need from Accompany

  • Najib Benouar

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With all of the new socially conscious brands out there these days, you can find just about everything your daily wardrobe requires—but you’ve got to know where to look for the more dapper stuff.

That’s where new webshop Accompany comes in. They’ve already done all of the sourcing and vetting for you—meaning you can hop on their site and shop like you would any other webshop, knowing that whatever you end up with will be fulfilling the tenets of social consciousness and handsomeness. In other words, you can’t go wrong.

Especially when going with one of the following.»

The Taylor Stitch Crew Gets Technical

  • Najib Benouar

df5fc57ad02e9f6b93fbc8d62ef3a589_largeTaylor Stitch started out as a humble custom-shirting operation half a decade ago—but since then, the gents have built a small empire of dapperness out of their San Francisco workshop.

They’ve gone from shirts to pants, to belts, to hats, to denim suits.

And now they’re applying their knack for laid-back tailoring to technical gear—in the form of Olivers.

It’s currently in Kickstarter mode—at press time, roughly 48 hours into funding, they’ve already quadrupled their goal—so it’s safe to say they’re making the first iteration. They’re starting out with a pair of go-anywhere shorts (timed for San Francisco’s famed Indian summer) and have plans for expanding into a full line of tailored athletic gear. Which means more sturdy, thoughtfully made gear to stock your duffel bag is on the way.

Check out the Kickstarter video to learn more about the shorts after the jump.»

The Five Best Running Shorts for Your Dapper Jogs

  • Najib Benouar

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Now that athletic gear is finally getting the #menswear treatment, you’d think it’d be easier to find a handsome pair of running shorts.

But for whatever reason, the focus has been mostly on sweatpants (we’ll let you come to your own conclusions about how the sort of athletic prowess required to reblog things on Tumblr plays into that equation). Fortunately, for the active few of you in search of a good pair of running shorts that skew more Bastian than basketball, we’ve rounded up the best on the market right now.

Herewith, the five best running shorts for your dapper jogs.»

The Appraisal: Jorts

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It has come to our attention that the prominence of jean shorts, henceforth referred to as “jorts,” has been increasing in recent months. In fact, in June we even saw our friends over at GQ endorsing them. (Though not their shortened nomenclature.) And suffice it to say, we’re more than a little concerned.

Knee-length denim is not a notion to be taken lightly.

Now, this isn’t the first time such a sartorial dilemma has given us pause. (See: mandals.) It’s certainly not going to be the last, either. But, as in the past, we’d rather not outright condemn such risk taking. No, instead we’d rather just give you some qualifications to consider before you go cutting that pair of pre-distressed Levi’s at the knee and calling it a day.

Herewith, we present you with this visual guide to the five times “jorts” are beyond a shadow of a doubt acceptable, after the jump...»

Head to Toe: Madras

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

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The 113th US Open went off this weekend, and it had us pining for the glory days of golf fashion. Back when the hair was feathered, the caps were newsboy and the prints were bold.

The ostentatious culture peaked around the time of Caddyshack, but thankfully, some pieces have remained steadfast. Most notably, madras.

The fabric is lightweight, easy to maintain and stays sharp when traditional suiting would fold under wrinkle-inducing humidity. So versatile, you can pretty much find any garment rocking its signature tartans. Hence, we went ahead and found all the gear necessary to don you from head to toe.

Wearing them all at once, well, that’s a lifestyle choice you’ll have to make for yourself.»

Unis Goes Short

  • Najib Benouar

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Consider this a late-breaking addition to our great moments in shorts...

Because we may have finally found the perfect pair of summer shorts, by way of menswear blogger darling label Unis: the Emmett.

Unis basically took the label’s highly coveted Gio pants and cut them off at the exactly appropriate length—baring just enough knee to keep things interesting, while not going full-on Larry Bird. Most importantly, the short pants retain the casually tailored-ness and Italian cotton of their forefather.

Take a few more looks at the shorts after the jump.»

A Pop-Culture History of Men and Shorts

  • Kempt Staff

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The prospect of celebrating summer’s inaugural weekend might have you toying with the idea of spending the entire three days in a pair of shorts (especially if you plan on being poolside the whole time).

But going pantsless is a deceptively tricky move—wrought with pitfalls and misconceptions.

More often than not, they’re considered a necessary evil. Tom Ford famously said that a man should never wear them. Inevitably, someone will rib you with that moldy chestnut about never taking a man in shorts seriously. But in the right hands—er, on the right gams—they can be serviceable, arguably even stylish. It’s been done before, to varying degrees of success.

So, as menswear anthropologists, in our quest to find out how we got into this pantsless existential crisis, we present to you:

A pop-culture history of men and shorts.»

The 14 Best Patterned Shorts for Summer

  • Najib Benouar

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When it comes to shorts, we’ve always been of the mind that if you’re going for it, you have permission to get loud. (With the caveat: not at the office.)

And until recently, your only options were of the plaid or embroidered-critter variety meant for rebellious trads. But this season has seen more new patterned shorts on the market than perhaps ever. Stripes, ikat, paisley, liberty and batik prints. There are a lot more ways to get tastefully loud these days (which means you’ll want to outfit the rest of your body in a solid-color oxford cloth button-down, pocket tee or polo shirt—for the sake of everyone’s retinas, keep it to one pattern). So we rounded up our favorites of the bunch, to get you ready for the season.

Herewith, the 14 best patterned shorts out there right now.»

Sprucing Up Your Bedroom, Debating Shorts and the Titanic 2

  • Kempt Staff

Bedroom Upgrade

Carefully Curated Mess: GQ makes the case for making your bedroom just as well-appointed as the rest of your place.

Short Stuff: In anticipation of the inevitable, Monocle begins the debate on the appropriateness of wearing shorts around town (and to work).

Second Time’s the Charm: An Australian mining tycoon has unveiled plans to build the Titanic 2 with the promise of more lifeboats.

Twitter Winner: Thanks to a team of researchers who spent 15 months monitoring over half a million tweets, you can finally know the secret to getting more followers—aside from being a celebrity. (Which reminds us, you should follow Kempt now.)