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TBT: The 12 Original Playboys of the Jetset Sixties

  • C. Brian Smith
  • Kempt Staff
TBT: The 12 Original Playboys of the Jetset Sixties

Today, we’re digging into the archives for one of Kempt’s greatest hits—a look at 12 globe-trotting men who pioneered styles, worked as spies, dated Brigitte Bardot and put just about every one of their modern equivalents to shame. Consider it required reading for any #menswear and icon history class.

Dive in.

Icon: Romain Gallus

  • Geoff Rynex
Icon: Romain Gallus

There’s a story about Gianni Agnelli that the man reportedly hated. It goes that Agnelli, tipsy on Rossinis and wavering a bit in the Riviera sunlight, let his guard down just long enough for Romain Gallus to sneak over from his seat across the breakfast table and remove Agnelli’s watch. Gallus then placed the watch back on Agnelli, over his cuff. A French cuff, no less. Agnelli swore Gallus to secrecy—an oath that was never broken but by other people at the table that day.

Romain Gallus was the man behind the men. An editor-at-large in the publication of life and study in the art of keeping up the mystery.

Dusting Off: The Late-Night Sport Coat

  • Najib Benouar
Dusting Off: The Late-Night Sport Coat

All of a sudden, late-night television is exciting again. Jimmy Fallon has brought a renewed vigor to The Tonight Show. Stephen Colbert will be taking over for David Letterman later this year. Conan is... still Conan. And while the changing of the guard has been mostly a great thing, there’s still a certain je ne sais quoi these new guys are missing: the look. So, with today’s hosts playing it straight in a monotony of charcoals and navy blues, we’re here to say: it’s time to dust off the Late-Night Sport Coat.

Allow us to elaborate... Herrrre’s Johnny.

Doc Holliday Through the Years

  • Kempt Staff


Today would have been legendary gunslinger Doc Holliday’s 163rd birthday.

A legend that has no doubt been kept alive by countless movies and television portrayals of the Wild West over the past century or so. And by the many bold-faced names that have played his character—everyone from Val Kilmer to Willie Nelson to Kirk Douglas.

So we thought we’d take a look back at the best Doc Hollidays through the years...»

Icon: Andy Warhol

  • Najib Benouar


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.»

Icon: Jim Jarmusch


For his latest film, our favorite downtown rock-and-roll hepcat, Jim Jarmusch, is doing... a vampire movie.

Yes, it’s true: Jimbo has jumped on the Edward-and-Bella bandwagon. Except, of course, the bloodsuckers in Only Lovers Left Alive—played by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston—are anything but teenage hornballs. Rather, they spend their days driving around aimlessly, languishing on settees, smoking cigarettes and otherwise marinating in their own hyper-cultured ennui.

In other words, it’s a Jim Jarmusch movie—with fangs.

Then again, every iconic character in Jarmusch’s 30-year oeuvre has been a study in laconic cool, including the director himself.

See why, after the jump.»

Style Icons Drinking Beer

0919KMT Beer HEADER Plato once said, “He was a wise man who invented beer.” And we can’t help but agree.

So with Saturday marking the start of that German beer-for-all known as Oktoberfest—your guess is as good as ours why it’s not called Late-Septemberfest—we’re pouring you a hearty swig of visual encouragement from the ever-handsome pantheon of men who could somehow make lager look a bit more luxury.

Without any further ado: Style Icons Drinking Beer, after the jump...»

Icon: Halston


We don’t get the opportunity to write about women’s wear much at Kempt.

And today, that... stays exactly the same.

We will, however, discuss one of the most famous women’s wear designers: Roy Halston Frowick, otherwise known as Halston, otherwise known as one of the most iconic fashion designers—and iconic men, period—of the past 100 years.

After the jump, a few of his best looks, and a few things you should know about him...»