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Making Your Wardrobe Smarter

  • Kempt Staff

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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.

Herewith, the wearable tech you’d actually wear.»

The Lifetime Achievement in Navigators Award: Paul Newman

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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.

As we approach peak shade season, here’s some surprisingly flashy inspiration from a man who always managed to stay self-deprecating...»

Introducing Beach Week... with Sunglasses

  • Kempt Staff

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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.

Herewith, the best new sunglasses on the market this season.»

Icon: Andy Warhol

  • Najib Benouar

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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.

Take a closer look in five more iconic snaps of Andy Warhol, after the jump.»

The Designer of Your New Ray-Bans: You

  • Najib Benouar

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Perfectly timed for the bright future of spring and summer, Ray-Ban has just unveiled their first-ever customization program, Ray-Ban Remix.

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.

Here’s a closer look at the process.»

Go Beyond the Acetate with Metal-Framed Sunglasses

  • Najib Benouar

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For past couple of years, acetate-framed sunglasses have been thick on the ground. (In fact, you’re probably on your second or third pair by now.)

And sure, there’s good reason for the acetate renaissance—Persols and Wayfarers are undeniably timeless—but they aren’t the end-all, be-all of eyewear. Which is why we’d like to draw your attention back to the metallic end of the sunglass spectrum. The sorts of wire-rimmed shades that were championed by the likes of industrialists and John Lennon. In other words, it’s time to go beyond the acetate.

Here are the metal-framed sunglasses that will help you do it.»

The Six Sunglasses to Consider This Winter

  • Najib Benouar

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It’s something you tend to forget when the temperatures begin descending toward bone-chilling: the sun will still be out.

And more than likely, it will continue to shine directly into your eyes. (Or, worse, make for some blinding glare off a fresh coat of snow.) Which means you shouldn’t be taking your eyewear any more lightly this time of year. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up the season’s finest new offerings.

Herewith, the six pairs of sunglasses to consider this winter.»