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The New International Men’s Shops to Know

  • Kempt Staff

062414_Shops-jcrew-hong-kong-4In our grand tradition of keeping you up to date on the international men’s shop scene, we’ve scoured the globe for the newest openings in your regular haunts—you know, Singapore, Milan, the usual. Because you never know when you’re going to need a new chambray shirt while in Hong Kong.

Here are the latest updates to your already-dapper international rolodex of men’s shops...»

The New International Men’s Shops to Know

  • Kempt Staff

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In our grand tradition of keeping you up to date on the international men’s shop scene, we’ve scoured the globe for the newest openings in your regular haunts—you know, Shanghai, Berlin, the usual. Because you never know when you’re going to need some British tailoring while in Hamburg.

Here are the latest updates to your already-dapper international rolodex of men’s shops...»

Lucy Never Leaves Home Without Her Bearskin Rug

  • Kempt Staff

Wool Worth: An excellent roundup of peacoats for every sensibility and price range. [Well Spent]

Bout That Life: An expose on the infiltration of hip-hop bravado in the newest wave of menswear culture. [NY Times]

Scoot In: A photographer in Tokyo documents the sardine-like work commute on their subways. [Slate]

Cirkus Zlatan: The entire country of England is still in shock from yesterday’s wonder-goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic--which some are calling the best ever. (If you only watch one soccer highlight in your life, let it be this one.) [NPR]

Under the Tablecloth

Pencils Down: The horror that is a 35-year-old man retaking the SAT. There but for the grace of God... [Deadspin]

In the Shade: A pair of Italian clear-frame shades for less than $150? Don’t mind if we do. [Well Spent]

The Eastern Bloc: The latest pics from Tokyo’s SHIPS, who apparently are just as into HBT camo as we are. [Selectism]

The Four Seasons: The wizards at Dunhill put together a human snowglobe, projecting a year’s worth of weather over a couple dozen tuxedo-clad models. Advanced-level stuff. [YouTube]

Japan’s Coolest Sweatshirts Move Online

Tokyo’s Loopwheeler made their name in Americana circles by making a note-perfect recreation of a ’50s-era Champion sweatshirt—and as of today, you can get it all online at their newly launched shop.

The secret is their namesake: a vintage Loopwheeler loom that knits in seamless circles—roughly 24 rounds per minute, a trickle by modern standards. The slow knit pays off with a softer sweatshirt than the US has made since the Kennedy administration. You’ll have to finagle a GeoTrust login and ship it to the US by proxy, but it should be worth it.

Ships Comes to Tribeca

Ships doesn’t get the press of Beams or Honeyee, but they’ve been one of the main players in Tokyo’s heritage revival. And more importantly, they’re currently finishing up a pop-up shop at Tribeca’s Grown & Sewn—a khaki artisan you might remember from the Pop Up Flea. We stopped by today to check out the goods, including Inverallan sweaters and some of the finest sweatshirts known to man.

A tour of Tokyo’s best heritage menswear, currently touring Tribeca»

Harajuku’s Finest

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It’s the cardinal rule of blog style: everything’s cooler in Japan.

So we’re glad to see one of their premiere brands finally make the leap. For the last few years, Beams+ has been one of the better reasons to visit Tokyo, but SF’s Unionmade has managed to smuggle some of their best stuff into stateside ecommerce. Our favorites so far are this jersey blazer, this overdyed plaid oxford shirt, and this paisley tie, but there's plenty more where that came from.

And while it's a little pricey, think of all the money you're saving on airfare.

Pants on the Ground

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We usually give high-fashion trends a pretty wide berth, but this snap was too perfect to let slide.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is why you shouldn't wear low-slung pants.

On some level, he's doing everything right—he's got his argyle, his plaid, and a remarkably handsome pair of shoes. But he still looks like two small children decided to stand on each other's shoulders to masquerade as a Japanese hipster.

You've been warned.

Ileana Bernardini is Just Warming Up

The Old Stuff: The best vintage store in the world is in Tokyo, filled with furniture and military clothes from the States. But somehow, it’s cooler there. [A Continuous Lean]

Quilted, Northern: Rogues Gallery makes their illustrious return with a new set of wool vests and liner coats. [Sartorially Inclined]

Ladies…: A whimsical photoset of Edwardian-era ladies engaged in the sports of the day. [World in Sport]

The Prosecution Rests: Thickly pleated pants are a threat both to the modern silhouette and to national security. [The Local]

Satoshi Kon for Beginners

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In honor of the recently departed Satoshi Kon, we thought we’d draw your attention to one of the more overlooked films in his catalog and in anime in general, the curdled Capra gem that is Tokyo Godfathers.

The plot focuses on a homeless trio in modern Tokyo trying to track down the parents of an abandoned baby. On the surface, it seems like a break from the psychedelics in Kon’s other work—particularly the infamous Paprika, which really is the head-trip Inception briefly promised to be—but the weirdness is still there, hidden under a layer of melodrama. If Kon was the Fellini of anime, this was his La Strada, which makes it a pretty good entry point for anyone still getting used to the oddities of the genre.

Window Screens Are Very Important

Japanese Vintage Stores are Like Hipster Squared: Mister Crew takes a tour through Tokyo’s Sun Trap Vintage Store. [Mister Crew]

A Gentleman’s Guide to Stax: A concise rundown of one of the best labels of the 60s. Needs more Isaac Hayes, though. [AV Club]

More Scrolling, For One: As we move from pages to screens, the way we read may be changing. Also, there will be more pictures of cats. [The Smithsonian]

Remember the Little People: Slinkachu poses tiny figurines in street scenes for one of the cooler photosets we’ve seen in a while. [Lost at E Minor]

Miru Kim has Naked Friends in High Places

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Between Stations: The next time you’re passing through Narita Airport, you may want to stop by the United Arrows shop for some duty-free button-downs. [Hypebeast]

Start with Husbands: An online doc provides a surprisingly rich guide to John Cassavetes, one of the 70s most prolific badasses. If you’ve ever yelled at one of your friends while drunk, you were ripping him off. [SlamxHype]

Magic Eye: An assembly of some of the longest-exposure photographs in history, including the skeleton of MoMA as it was being assembled. Well played. [ItchyI]

Warning: May Be More Trouble Than It’s Worth: A gentleman’s guide to copying vinyl records. [Mike Sense]

City Life

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While iconic, the white handkerchief can begin to look downright unsanitary after it’s been through the wash a few times. We recommend something a bit more colorful…

This handkerchief comes from Muji’s recently unveiled online shop, and while we probably won’t have to find our way around Akasaka any time soon, we never mind having an extra map around. There are Paris, London and New York versions, but coming from Muji, Tokyo seems like the appropriate choice.

Provided you can keep from sneezing on the palace grounds.