Tariq Trotter—you probably know him as Black Thought—wants you to know that he’s definitely, unequivocally the most stylish member of the Roots. His new collaboration with the eyewear legends at Moscot makes a pretty strong case for that. So we talked with the man about tortoiseshell, secret Grammy jam sessions and the virtues of not giving a fuck.
Welcome back to The Buy Line, where we analyze how the new market forces of menswear—driven by the Internet and the rise of a more savvy consumer—have redefined where the intersection of well-made and well-priced lands.
With wearable technology on the rise, it was only a matter of time before it found its way into menswear.
And while we’re usually in favor of low tech over high when it comes to our wardrobes, we can make an exception if it means we’ll never lose another pair of sunglasses. So, we’ve rounded up a few of the more handsome options of smart menswear.
The great Paul Newman was so many things—actor, director, race car enthusiast, savvy businessman, generous humanitarian, devoted husband—that we occasionally forget about some of his other achievements. Namely: rocking navigator-style sunglasses so hard, we’re surprised the sun didn’t break at some point.
It might not be this weekend—though there is a good chance it will be—or the next weekend, but soon enough you’re going to find yourself at the beach.
And you should be prepared.
Which is why we’re declaring it Beach Week here on Kempt, in an effort to send you to the shore in style. We’re rounding up all of the pertinent essentials, from reading material to sunglasses. In fact, that’s where we’re starting: the almighty shades.
Orlebar Brown expands their beach-ready empire with the launch of their first-ever eyewear collection.
All told, they’ve got four styles in 12 colors—ranging from an update to the classic aviator (cut from one solid piece of metal) to ’70s-inspired navigators and wayfarers with handmade acetate frames out of Italy.
Take it from icons like Andy Warhol: sometimes all it takes is the right pair of frames and a leather jacket to turn a soft-spoken kid from Pittsburg into art’s biggest start.
And with the recent news that a trove of Warhol’s digital artwork has just been discovered by the Warhol Institute on old floppy disks—thanks in part to an inquisitive Warhol fan and a group of “retrocomputing” enthusiasts at Carnegie Mellon—we were reminded of just how darn stylish the guy was. (Well, he is a Kempt 100 inductee.) There are striped tees, trenches, slim ties with chore jackets... he might as well have just stepped out of a F/W 2014 lookbook in a few of these shots. In other words: it’s the definition of timeless style.
And for all of the things that have received the online-customization treatment, this is something we can get behind. You’ll get to choose between their nine most iconic frames and have dozens of color, lens and engraving options. Which should come in handy if you’re looking for a subtle way to sport your team colors in the Final Four.