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Classifying Collars and Getting Tough on jOBS

  • Kempt Staff

Collar ID: The Wall Street Journal dives headlong into the issue of shirt collars and their many iterations of late.

Lloyd Banks: There’s been a considerable amount of gnashing of the teeth over the beard Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein grew while vacationing in Davos, Switzerland. David Coggins reports.

Totally Rad: Bullett digs deep on the aesthetic of designer Rad Hourani, only to find a conundrum wrapped in a mystery enshrouded in asexuality.

Woz Happenin’: The Woz questions the verisimilitude of the new biopic about Apple’s late, turtlenecked CEO jOBS, according to Gizmodo.

Gateway Turtlenecks: The Five Best High-Necked Shirts Out There

  • Najib Benouar

On the occasion of this weekend’s premiere of the Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, at Sundance, we are ever reminded of his iconic allegiance to the turtleneck. (Ashton Kutcher seems to have done a fine job of pulling it off himself.)

In fact, ever since we told the menswear-osphere to stop fearing the turtleneck, we’ve been noticing dapperly swaddled necks popping up everywhere—we won’t take full credit for the garment’s renaissance—on runways, in magazines, at tradeshows and even in our favorite menswear shops.

Luckily for all the shelter-seeking necks out there, we’ve rounded up the five best gateway turtlenecks currently on the market.»

Michelle Williams Is Really Getting into This Marilyn Business

A Dangerous Method: Michelle Williams gets the profile treatment from GQ, coming off every bit as stable as Marilyn Monroe. [GQ]

Suit Up: In praise of the personal uniform, whether it’s Steve Jobs or Thom Browne. [Valet]

Clint Eastwood Is a Badass: The story of a 21-year-old Clint Eastwood, a plane crash at sea and a two-mile swim in very cold water. [The Scuttlefish]

The Faces of Market Week: Ryan Plett offers black-and-white snaps of the Ovadia twins and Matt from Sid Mashburn, among others. [TravelWell]

The Terrifying Steve Jobs Action Figure

Apple fanatics have produced some pretty weird stuff over the years (exhibit A), but we just stumbled across the most unsettling creation to date: the Steve Jobs action figure.

It’s basically all the troubling elements of the Apple fanatic in one object, right down to the “One More Thing” backdrop, just in case you want to stage your own keynote speech for the iCar. It also comes with a pair of apples (one with a bit missing), for reasons we can’t begin to fathom—and even more troubling, it looks like it’s sold out.

This Cease & Desist letter cannot arrive fast enough.

Caroline Winberg Is No Longer Welcome at the Met

Caroline Winbergvia WBE

I Saw the Sign: Here’s an elaborate system of hand signals, circa 1944, to get you through your next waiter-diner interaction. [NYTimes]

Hanes and Cash: All Mark McNairy needs in this world of sin is white T-shirts, a wad of cash and a Zippo lighter—presumably used to set the cash on fire. [GQ]

We Don’t Doubt It: A few beautiful detail shots and the following sentence: “An Army field jacket is harder to find than a gay Nascar fan.” We’ll take your word for it. [The Trad]

Fare Thee Well: After a day of heartfelt Steve Jobs obits, here’s a palate cleanser. [The Onion]

Playing Telephone


Apple just finished their annual developer conference, where they rolled out a new line of MacBooks and the iPhone 3GS, but otherwise the pickings were pretty slim.

There were a handful of new features that non-Apple firms have been refining for years (voice commands, MMS, and remote medical tech among others) along with a long string of incremental updates, but the most impressive function was something they picked up from a 30 Rock episode. Absent-minded techies: your time has come.

Find out why»

Celebrating Life


It’s not news until someone puts it on a t-shirt, so we’re hardly surprised to see this pass through our RSS feed after the Apple honcho copped to a non-life-threatening hormone imbalance. We’re sure it’ll be a big hit in the business-very-casual circles at Silicon Valley, but as zeitgeist moments go, this one rings a bit hollow.

And like any figurehead, there’s always the possibility that Jobs is using doubles.

Panama, Hollywood, Meatpacking and More

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History in Knots: As went the vest, so went the bow tie. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Meat Packing: Ain't no party like a Details Block Party. [See Jack Shop]

Journey of the Sole: The Sartorialist visits a Florentine cobbler. [The Sartorialist]

Stinking Up the Joint: The how-tos of cologne shopping. [Men.Style]

In Sync: Justin Timberlake's William Rast line gets a gravitas infusion from J. Lindeberg. [DNR News]

Men in Tights: Superheros and fashion? Throw in beer and cheerleaders and this would be the best exhibit ever. [WWD, 2nd item]

Filmed to the Brim: A preview of "Made in Ecuador—The Panama Hat Story." [Vimeo]

Rat Tails: Hollywood's into the Man-Nytails. As the poets say—get a haircut, and get a real job. [She Knows Best]

Apples and Oranges: "Steve Jobs is the Marc Jacobs of computers." Please to explain. [The Motley Fool]

Future Threads: Solar-powered handbags. Bulletproof fabrics. Robotic exoskeletons. The exiting thing about this forecast is itch-free wool. [Live Science]