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Now Open: The OB Archive from Orlebar Brown

  • Najib Benouar


Perfectly timed for any spring break getaways you might have planned, Orlebar Brown has just launched the OB Archive.

And while there’s plenty of good stuff from seasons past in there, we’re most interested in the limited-edition print swimsuits. It’s your chance to pick up a design that probably won’t see the light of the beach ever again (or anytime soon, at least) and for 20% off with the code ARCHIVE20 at checkout.

Here are the five swimsuits to consider.»

What Your Printed Swimsuit Says About You

  • Kempt Staff


Printed swimsuits are having a moment. (Look no further than our summer must-haves for proof.)

This summer, it seems that every menswear label with access to quick-dry material has put out some sort of printed swimsuit—from camo to full-on art photography—and in the event you’re in the market for one or have already jumped on the trend, it’s imperative you know how your fellow pool-mates or beach-goers are reading into your choice. So, in our grand fashion of telling you what your sartorial choices mean:

Here’s what your printed swimsuit says about you.»

These Are Your Summer Must-Haves

  • Kempt Staff

Must Haves

If you can’t quite put your finger on why things are feeling more summery on Kempt today, we’d like to direct your attention to the left column (you might want to scroll a bit).

We’ve got a fresh crop of seasonal must-haves at the ready for your impending summer adventures. Some can be ordered, while others will require a little creativity and stylishness, but most of all, they’re here to serve as inspiration for the warmer months to come.

Allow us to show you the way to the greatest summer ever.»

More of the Season’s Most Dapper Swimwear


Admit it, you can already hear the beach calling... The sand between your toes. The salty sea air. The bikinis... One day soon enough, though, it’ll all be reality. And you’ll need to be prepared.

Luckily, our friends at UrbanDaddy have tipped us off to just the solution: the ever-handsome swimwear selection at Venroy, now finally available in America.

Designed by two Australian surfers-cum-master-boardshort-craftsmen, Venroy has been churning out beautiful swim trunks in Sydney since 2010. And up until now, that’s where they’ve stayed. But as of May 1, the pair has begun shipping to their friends across the Pacific (read: us). The hand-tailored shorts hit that elusive upper-knee sweet spot and come in colors like “guava” and “honeysuckle,” which should have you ready for the approaching seminudity.

A couple crunches might not hurt either.

Here’s a Patently Bizarre Tank Suit Ad from 1970

From time to time, we stumble upon a photograph from the past that simply defies logic. Take this tank suit ad published by Condé Nast in 1970, for example...

What we do know:

Title: “Man Modeling Tank Suit” • Photographer: Mark Patiky, of “Miles Davis Lounging on Bed of Skins with Unidentified Female” fame. • Corbis Description: “A male model lounges on a beach in front of a jeep and a police officer wears a pair of aviator sunglasses, striped tank-suit with a high scoop neck made of ribbed acrylic fiber, by Drummond.”

What we do not know:

• The definition of “tank suit.” • Why there is no mention in the Corbis description of a woman soft-shoeing down the beach in an evening gown. • Whether this is a real police officer, since the only town he looks to be serving and protecting is Sodomyville.

We welcome your thoughts on the matter...

Celebrating Another Great Memorial Day Tradition

  • Najib Benouar

In addition to feeling extra patriotic, a lot of our favorite menswear labels are feeling extra generous this weekend—loving America can do that to you—and they’re running some solid Memorial Day weekend sales.

So we’ve gone ahead and picked out the most enticing of the bunch—from the likes of Billy Reid and Ovadia & Sons—and zeroed in on which items we think you should focus your attention on. (Stuff that’ll come in handy within the next few months.)

You’ll find them here, after the jump. Sale away.»

Simone Is Listening to the Flowers

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: Notes on the decline of the American action film. It was all downhill after Total Recall. [NYTimes]

By the Calendar: Valet’s guide to the coming months—and the exact right moment to pick up a swimsuit. [Valet]

Home Is Where the Heart Is: If you’ve ever wanted to see what Johnny Cash’s bedroom looked like, this is your post. [Apartment Therapy]

The Tin Men and the Diner Boys: An oral history of Diner on the 30th anniversary of the film’s release. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. [Baltimore Magazine]

The Summer Dress Code

Silly Hat

You’ll be seeing a lot of summer gear in the blogodome over the next few weeks, and to the untrained eye it might seem like everyone’s going to spend the next three months in shades, shorts and brightly colored t-shirts.

Not so.

They’re all good things to have in your closet, provided you know when and where to break them out—but in the wrong hands, they're a faux pas waiting to happen.

So as a public service, we thought we’d share the sartorial code we live by during the summer.

Gentlemen, take notes»

Aubrey Plaza is No Longer Allowed in the Botanical Gardens

Putting Pen to Paper: Examining the pros and cons of writing love letters. Courage, gentlemen. [Magnificent Bastard]

Thou Shalt Not: The 17 commandments of holiday style, according to Esquire. For what it’s worth, we’d offer dispensation on the “seasonal colors” rule. [Esquire]

Trunkless in Budapest: A writer examines the deep, enduring shame of forgetting one’s bathing suit at a Hungarian bath. Apparently black boxer-briefs really do come in handy. [World Hum]

All the Colors: A visual guide to the latest Girl Talk album. [Mashup Breakdown]

Stay Dry


Here’s a good idea whose time has come: a beach-ready dry bag made to keep the rest of your suitcase pristine in the unlikely event you don’t get your suit entirely dry before it’s time to pack up. (We imagine you’ve got a full schedule.) It’s a task you usually assign to a plastic grocery sack, but this Flight 001 bag has a zipper to keep things contained and, more importantly, a mildew-resistant interior.

Let’s Get Loud


At the risk of becoming a blog entirely devoted to swimsuits, we’re going to give you one last Paul Smith option before leaving you to fend for yourself.

This one’s for the bold. Swim trunks are dealing with a lot less real estate than more formal attire, so you’re free to try out wilder patterns like this one. And since you’re dealing with the same trim cut as the rest of our offerings, you’ll stay reasonably clear of Hawaiian territories.

Against the Boards


We tend to prefer an old school board short, but a few tweaks here and there are enough to change our mind. Make it a little shorter and a little slimmer, and suddenly you’re back in the realm of gentlemanly beach attire.

Quiksilver’s “Limited Collection” (which should be hitting their site any day now) makes both those tweaks, and drops a bit of science in the bargain. They’ve developed a new fabric—inexplicably named Diamond Dobby—which should dry twice as fast as the shorts you’re used to. They've got plenty of the classic 80s patterns if you're feeling retro, but there's a few more muted versions in there as well, like this plain green pair.