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Tom Ford Launches E-Commerce

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent more time than you’re willing to admit trying to track down that pair of alligator-leather cap toe boots. Or a solid gold cowgirl money clip. Or tiger velvet jacquard evening slippers.

Maybe that last one’s just us.

Anyway, the hunt is over. Because Tom Ford just rolled out the first phase of his e-commerce site launch—for now it’s limited to shoes and accessories, but the whole lot of handsome is soon to come.

Take a look at some of the fantastic up for grabs right now...»

Sunglasses for Your Summer Plans

  • Najib Benouar

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Next weekend marks the unofficial start to summer—which means it’s time to kick your summer preparations into high gear right now.

And above all else, you’re going to need to pick up the right pair of shades for wherever it is you plan on summering—because the sun in Cannes requires a different UV protection than the sun you’ll encounter on the music festival circuit. So we put together a handy guide for your summer’s eyewear-related needs.

Choosing your sunglasses according to your summer plans.»

Beyond the Tux: Evaluating the Tuxedo Slipper

  • Najib Benouar

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With the triumphant return of black tie to red carpets everywhere over the past few awards seasons, we’re especially looking forward to the upcoming Oscars. But with the parades of grosgrain on each red carpet ever-growing, it begs the question: what makes one tuxedo different from—or better than—another? So this week we’ll be dissecting the few subtle nuances to keep an eye out for on Sunday—and to consider incorporating into your own formalwear routine.

First up: the tuxedo slipper. It’s the traditional footwear of the black-tie trads, and if you’re adventurous enough to forgo the ubiquitous patent leather lace-ups, we’ve got a few ideas for you:

Evaluating the many forms of the tuxedo slipper.»

Teen Jeopardy, Badassery and Duckie Brown’s Style Advice

  • Kempt Staff

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Sold in Bundles: Valet uncovers the ingenious Japanese retail tradition of furoshiki—and how Hickoree’s Hard Goods is employing it to fantastic effect with their pocket squares and bandanas.

I’ll Take YOLO for $18,000, Alex: Grantland recounts the story of the greatest contestant of Teen Jeopardy—nay, of all Jeopardy history: a gutsy olive-shirted wunderkind named Leonard Cooper.

Getting Personal: BuzzFeed catches up with the gents behind Duckie Brown to break down the four things every guy should know about personal style.

Tie Optional: Just in case Justin Timberlake has yet to make it totally clear that he’s definitely on his “suit and tie shit,” Esquire has the final cut of his with-artistic-director-Tom-Ford video.

Justin Timberlake and Tom Ford Are Collaborating

  • Najib Benouar

News of Justin Timberlake’s return to music took the Internet by storm—but we were more interested in the actual suit and tie he repeatedly mentions in the intro (of his appropriately named single, “Suit & Tie”).

Turns out it’s a Tom Ford number—not surprising, since JT chose to wear a Ford tuxedo during his secret wedding in Italy last year—but it doesn’t stop there. Timberlake and Ford have collaborated on a collection of suits (and ties, presumably) that will be “feature[d] heavily” in the album, The 20/20 Experience (presumably in the videos, but perhaps also the lyrics?). Mr. Ford styled the music video for the single. More than anything, we’re happy to see that JT is really taking the whole suit-and-tie thing seriously.

Naturally, we’ve got the video after the jump.»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Colin Firth

  • Najib Benouar

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We haven’t seen much of Colin Firth since his meteoric King’s Speech-era run, when he left red carpets and Oscar acceptance podiums in his Tom Ford-fueled wake. And then he showed up this week at the premiere of his new film, Gambit, looking like he hadn’t missed a beat. We’ll assume this three-piece was another Tom Ford joint, which Firth lends his quintessential British unassuming-dandy-ness to perfectly. The whole thing is harder to pull off than he makes it look—especially the peak lapels—but he does it by keeping it simple in the tie and shirt department. And having some American-born arm candy doesn’t hurt either.

Bravo, sir.

Kempt Man of the Hour: Justin Timberlake

  • Najib Benouar

Pictures of the Timberlake-Biel nuptials that went down in Italy about a week ago hit the newsstands today, and we’ve got to hand it to the guy—he cleans up well and married a very attractive lady. (That’s Kempt Man of the Hour material.)

The key was his tuxedo (a custom job from Tom Ford). It was a peak lapel, tipped in grosgrain and cut with a trim fit with some wiggle room that we’ll assume had the dance floor in mind, not the mid-photo-shoot jumping. He also went the extra mile with the studded shirt buttons, which is always a classy touch.

All in all, not a bad way to spend a long weekend in Italy.

Ashley Smith Is Visualizing Her Cannonball

  • Najib Benouar

Fass’ and Loose: GQ cover boy Michael Fassbender wore a lot of Tom Ford during this shoot, and it shows. [GQ]

Feeling Campy: A nostalgic collection of summer camping gear inspired by Wisconsin and Moonrise Kingdom. [Valet]

Beet It: Outside extols the recently discovered virtues of drinking beet juice. [Outside]

More to Offerman: We’ve got the full transcription of our Nick Offerman interview below, but here it is in article form. [UrbanDaddy Chicago]

Kempt Man of the Hour: Tom Ford

  • Najib Benouar

It’s no secret that Tom Ford has been the driving force behind Colin Firth’s recently impeccable run at premieres and awards podiums everywhere—so it should come as no surprise that Mr. Ford can dress himself for the red carpet. Here he is at last night’s Met Ball, standing out in a field that was particularly formidable—everyone seems to be taking black-tie seriously again, thank goodness.

The difference here is that, even though we’re dealing with a double-breasted tux, a large bow tie and a larger boutonniere—all potentials for overdoing it—he keeps it in check, and in a black-and-white palette that manages to not look so, um, “Tom Ford.”

And having a supermodel at your side never hurts.