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Eight Beach-Ready Chinos to Consider

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

0611Kempt-Tailored-Trunks-Brooks-Brothers-Oxford-Swim-TrunkWith summer Fridays, sojourns and sunshine abounding, we’re thinking up the best ways to get out of dodge and into a body of water, with minimal planning.

As such, we present the beach-ready chino. Those sharp, tailored iterations of the bathing costumes of yesteryear.

Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, you’ll slink past coworkers under the guise of smartly fitted flat-fronts, ready to whip off your madras popover at the faintest whiff of ocean mist.

Go from zero to poolside, after the jump.»

Six Essential Upgrades to Your Paddling Kit


This might sound odd, but we know you’ve been getting these urges lately. Really strong, burning desires to sit back, get a little wet and stroke...

We’re talking about rowing, obviously. Wait, was that not clear?

Now, these impulses are perfectly natural. And trust us, getting yourself into a canoe (or kayak, if that’s your style) will definitely help assuage them. But, of course, just because you’re dying to navigate America’s waterways the old-fashioned way doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do so in style. So we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a handful of attractive options, to help you get the most out of your next aqueous adventure.

Check out our next-level paddling selections, after the jump...»

Sneak Peek: Hickoree’s Summer Sample Sale

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


Sale season’s in the air, and the second annual summer sample shindig over at Hickoree’s is at the top of our weekend to-do list.

For today and tomorrow only, they’ve turned Floor Two into a pseudo-warehouse pop-up, packed to the beams with overstock and never-produced samples from five stellar NYC brands.

Designers from Stanley & Sons, Left Field, Battenwear, 8.15 August Fifteenth and The Hill-side will all be stopping by the scene, so there’s a pretty good shot you’ll be able to seek styling advice straight from the source.

We swung by last night to check the scene and found everything from swim trunks to trousers, shearling bombers, anoraks, henleys, oxfords, ties, tees and seriously handsome bags, among a host of other gems. They’ve even brought in a rack of goods for the ladies in your life by way of 8.15.

Here’s a closer look at what to expect...»

The June Issues

  • Kempt Staff

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Memorial Day might have marked the unofficial start of summer, but since the real deal doesn’t start till later this month, there’s still plenty of time to get prepared.

And these newly minted June issues won’t let you forget it for a second.

Likewise, in our grand tradition of surveying the broader field of menswear journalism, we’ve thumbed through this month’s crop of printed swimwear, whites, lightweight fabrics and otherwise uncategorized eye candy, just for you. You know, in anticipation.

Without further ado, we’d like to present to you our findings...»

Sunspel Pops Up on American Shores

  • Najib Benouar


The venerable British summerwear brand Sunspel—you’ll recognize their iconic Riviera polo as the one favored by James Bond—is launching their first-ever pop-up this weekend at slick NYC men’s shop C’H’C’M’.

And they’re bringing the rest of Britain with them...

Well, kind of. See, along with a curated selection of their own highly sought-after polo shirts, swim trunks and breezy cotton basics, they’ve chosen to feature a few more essentials from across the pond: hats, bench-made shoes and cashmere knits, just to name a few.

They’ve also teamed up with the typography gurus at House Industries to make some one-off merch for the monthlong gig, and those of you who can get to the city tomorrow will get first dibs during the opening event from noon to 4pm. As for everyone else, the shirts will be on the webshop come Sunday.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at the stuff.»

The Stat Sheet: Solid & Striped Swimwear

  • Najib Benouar

All this talk of layering, bundling, flannel and wool has got us feeling for... swim trunks. Hey, it’s summer-o’-clock somewhere (in the entire southern hemisphere, Miami, LA, the tropics... a lot of places, actually).

And we just so happened to stumble upon this new swimwear label, Solid & Striped (courtesy of our friends at UrbanDaddy LA) that will sell you a pair of trunks in one of the two patterns of its namesake. So in the event that you’ve got any southward migration planned for the winter, here’s what else you need to know.

The Story: It’s the typical Hollywood story: guy moves to LA with dreams of making it big... in the swimsuit industry. (No, this has nothing to do with movies, just a smart choice in headquarters.) He makes the swimsuits with a Euro-leaning cut and disposition. They look great. We start making preparations for a week in Saint Martin.

Who to Channel: James Bond in any beach scene; a Sardinian shipping magnate sipping a Negroni on a breezy afternoon on the Côte d’Azure; 1970s basketball players.

When to Wear It: On the beach, at the pool, in your nearest hot tub... nowhere more than 100 yards from a body of water.

Degree of Difficulty: The length might give you trouble if your upper knee hasn’t seen the light of day for some time, but there’s nothing to do but get out there and begin rectifying the situation.

A scholar, gentleman and sailor demonstrates the proper form, after the jump.»

’Sucker Punch

  • Najib Benouar

There’s nothing more indispensable during summer than a pair of swim trunks you can wear no matter what the weekend throws at you—swimming, drinking, eating, waiting 30 minutes, more swimming and so on.

And while there have been a few astonishingly chino-like contenders on the scene recently, we’re still partial to an old standby: the seersucker swimsuit. It’s got a lived-in summeriness that plays well with the carefree weekend vibe. (Think: Bill Murray, on his best behavior.) So we’ve scoured the shops for a handful of our favorites, from the European-leaning to the go-to-hell variety.

For your consideration: the four finest seersucker swimsuits under the sun.»

Doetzen Kroes Is Overdressed for the Beach

Top Ten: Ten solid items to carry you into fall, courtesy of Esky’s Nick Sullivan. [Esquire]

Fare Thee Well: A wildly subjective ranking of R.E.M.’s best albums, in honor of their recent departure. Good work, gentlemen. [Vulture]

The Great Unknown: It may be impossible for us to ever truly know how tall Jake Gyllenhaal is. Our task is to live with the uncertainty. [GOOD]

In the Drink: If you’re in the market for a pair of swim trunks, this is a pretty good time to pick them up. [Well Spent]

Jessica Perez Has Just Seen Godzilla

Surf’s Up: The best surf spots in the country, chosen by the folks who should know. [The Moment]

On Board: And since you’ll need something to wear, here’s the latest batch of swim trunks from Onia. [D’Marge]

It Still Starts at Thor: An exhaustive mathematical look at the upcoming summer movie season. [Esquire]

We Come in Peace: If there are aliens, they’re probably pretty freaked out by all the stuff we’re sending them. [GOOD]