Kempt

world of men's style / fashion / grooming

An UrbanDaddy Publication

The New Swedish Knits

The Swedes have a way with knitwear.

Case in point: one of our finds from Capsule was the Malmö brand Svensson, which combines soft Italian fabrics with a Swedish appreciation for extremely warm sweaters. The result is cozy versions of some of our favorite knitwear, including the shawl collar cardigan and the SNS Herning-style button-up, both coming in under $300.

They haven’t trickled into US markets yet, but there’s plenty of good stuff to be found on their site. Our suggestion: a white sweater in February is legendary stuff.

The Deep Winter Pant

dunderdonmoleskin_crop.jpg

Tweed and corduroy start getting a lot of love once cold weather rolls around, but it’s still remarkably hard to find our favorite wintry fabric—the velvety wonder known as moleskin.

Unlike its corded equivalent, this is basically a December-and-January item, but don’t be surprised if it becomes your favorite pant in the world for that nine-week span—something like the lower-body equivalent of a Barbour coat.

Dunderdon is responsible for the best version we’ve found, this slim-fit cotton pant. (Trend or no, we’ll skip the cargo pockets, but suit yourself.) It’s the latest in a long line of good winter gear to come out of their Gothenburg shop. Not coincidentally, those Swedish winters don’t kid around.

Olivia Wilde Has an Unorthodox Approach to Swimwear

The Black Hole: Breaking: Courtney Love is out of her goddamn mind. [NYTimes]

For Victory: Free & Easy takes a look at the triangle of fabric above the close of a buttoned jacket, traditionally filled by a tie, a scarf or a dense matt of luxurious chest hair. [Mister Crew]

Favorite Son: A new batch of never-before-seen JFK snaps, including some advanced crew necks. [LIFE]

Bundle Up: The Swedes at Dunderdon continue to win the winter. [Hypebeast]

The Return of Specklewear

specklewear_crop.jpg

New York’s Fjallraven shop just completed a transformation into a full-on camping store, and amid the sardine tins, scout harmonicas and reindeer pelts, we stumbled onto a surprising slice of Americana. Ladies and Gentlemen, feast your eyes on the wonder that is Specklewear.

It’s been a U.S. camping staple since the 1880s—the kind of thing you find in your grandfather’s attic—but finding it in a Swedish outerwear shop in Soho is a sign of the times if we ever heard one. Score one more for Americana.

Erin Heatherton is Always Summery

erinheatherton_crop.jpgvia WBE

Frame by Frame: Impossible Cool’s Sean Sullivan nails down the brilliance of Antonioni’s L’Avventura in six frames. And one of them’s the title card. [Complex]

Take a Hike: For their 50th birthday, Fjallraven takes a 50-mile hike through the Swedish Laplands. Can’t they just buy a convertible like everyone else? [GQ]

The Crafty Swedes: Speaking of which, Sweden is outpacing us in per GDP pop hits. We must not allow a club jam gap! [Foreign Policy]

To the Moon, Alice: Are the next generation of tech entrepreneurs headed into space? [TechCrunch]

Putting it on Wax

fjallravenoban_crop.jpg

The beloved Swedes at Fjällräven launched their eCommerce site last night, which means those ubiquitous backpacks are one step closer, and we finally got a chance to peruse some of their more functional items, like this Oban parka.

It’s the same waxed cotton that keeps the packs sealed up, but with a fuzzy inner shell warm enough to get you through a Scandanavian winter. It’s a lot more low-tech than it looks, which might be its biggest strength. After years of seeing Barbour on the backs of outdoorsy scenesters for so long, it’ll be nice to see a fresh Swedish version.

Re-Soled

fifthaveshoerepair_crop.jpg

On the heels of Mr. Varvatos, the Swedish Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair has finally opened up an online shop. The prices, while not bad for a boutique brand, are also all in Kronor, so you’ll want to keep Google handy. (It’s 15 cents to the kronor, if you’re the calculator type.) There’s all the avant-Scandanavian gear you’d expect—drop crotch trousers, check; contrast patch dress shirts, check—but on the off-chance you aren't signed on for the Swedish look just yet, there are still a few items ripe for broader appeal—these wool scarves for one. If Sweden can be counted on for one thing, it’s a good muffler.