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MTM Wetsuiting Is Now a Thing

  • Najib Benouar

Swami's

It’s hard to imagine a situation where the buttoned-up lot on Savile Row and laid-back surfer types would overlap, but it seems they have...

According to our friends at UrbanDaddy, you can get yourself a made-to-measure wetsuit from the British surf gurus behind Swami’s (they’ve made some handsome boards in their day, including a collaboration with Paul Smith). Just in time to dapper up any Endless Summer–inspired weekends you’ve got planned, they’ve teamed up with a wetsuit maker on the Celtic Sea who’s doing to-order custom jobs for anyone in need of a perfectly snug neoprene suit. (Yes, you can refer to him as your wetsuit tailor.)

As you can imagine, the benefits of a MTM wetsuit are similar to its wool counterpart—the personalized comfort, the boost in confidence, the decreases in body fatigue—but this one also keeps you much drier than normal. And for all the stuff out there getting the “bespoke treatment” these days, this is something we can actually get behind.

Our MTM sock garters, on the other hand...

Your New Custom-Belt Hookup

  • Najib Benouar

Belts

More often than not, belts are an afterthought (as long as they’re doing their job of keeping your pants up).

But today we’d like to direct your attention to our friends over at UrbanDaddy Perks, who are knocking 10 bucks off a custom belt from BeltCraft (plus a few more if you’re an Outlook.com user). You can choose between leather, suede or cotton webbing, and equip it with all the trimmings you desire—we’re partial to surcingle and striped ribbon, ourselves. And if you happen to design something particularly noteworthy, it will be posted for others to consider buying straight up.

It’s never too late to get into the belt-designing business.

A Head Start on Your Summer Kicks

  • Kempt Staff

SeaVees

You might recall that about a week ago we broke the good news of Todd Snyder’s latest collaboration with SeaVees—resulting in the finest city-to-beach footwear you’ll find all summer.

Now we’ve got even better news: our comrades-in-style over at UrbanDaddy Perks are giving you essentially 30% off anything in the SeaVees webshop (including the aforementioned collaboration).

The Snyder stuff is decidedly more #menswear, with its Japanese twill and herringbone patterns, but there’s plenty more to like from the surfer-y shoemakers—including some beach-faded plimsolls, rubber-soled suede mocs and Baja-striped slip-ons.

Get a closer look at our favorites after the jump.»

Getting First Shot at FSC’s New Custom Suit

  • Kempt Staff

Freemans

We spend a good deal of time gushing over brightly colored pants and double-breasted blazers, but there’s something to be said for having a good knock-around suit at your disposal.

It’s the workhorse in any modern man’s closet and worth investing a little extra in.

A prime example: the latest custom offering from the neo-rustic Americana-philes at Freemans Sporting Club—exclusively on presale through our friends at UrbanDaddy Perks.

The gents at Freemans spent nearly a year perfecting this 7 oz tropical wool American-made suit in the requisite shade of charcoal gray—and it’s got all the bells and whistles you’d expect, including a fully canvassed jacket. Since it’s a custom deal, you’ll have to be in NYC to meet with FSC’s on-premises master tailor in their bespoke studio... hidden behind an upstairs bookshelf in their eponymous restaurant.

Which will play out a lot like this slick video they’ve put together of the process.»

Your Spring Cashmere Hookup

  • Najib Benouar

Fischer

Consider this a last-minute addition to yesterday’s spring must-haves: fine-gauge cashmere.

And right on time, our comrades in style over at UrbanDaddy Perks are knocking 25% off a fine selection of spring-ready cashmere sweaters, cardigans and one exceptionally cozy-looking speckled henley from Christopher Fischer—an expert on balancing the yarn’s buttery-soft gauziness with just enough warmth retention perfect for the typical “summer in the light and winter in the shade” March day.

Clearly Dickens was pining for some cashmere while writing that line.

Italian Shoes by Way of Nashville

  • Najib Benouar

Nappi

Indulge us for a moment here and imagine if two of menswear’s favorite pastimes—Americana and Italian craftsmanship—were turned into a shoe...

Chances are they’d look a lot like the boots from Peter Nappi—which just so happen to be going for 20% to 40% under retail right now on UrbanDaddy Perks.

Leather artisan Phillip Nappi traces his roots back to a grandfather who made shoes in Italy (the namesake of the company), and nowadays Nappi the Younger makes some hardwearing boots meticulously crafted from Tuscan leather from his leather studio based in the heart of Honky-Tonk. Our favorite of the bunch is the Romeo, constructed of a single, continuous piece of leather stretched over a last that’s supposed to fit so well, you could go without the laces. Which puts them somewhere between your favorite pair of oxfords and loafers.

Not a bad place to be—especially for your feet.

Feeling for Film

  • Najib Benouar

Vintage Cameras

Our friends over at UrbanDaddy Perks have dug up a good-looking cache of vintage cameras—some of which are still operable—and it’s reminded us of the simple charms of old-school photography. (Not to mention how they’d be a nice addition to any well-appointed desktop.)

When film was the only medium, there was something more meaningful about taking each picture—the result was akin to a handwritten note only you could’ve written (there was no telling exactly what you’d captured until the film was developed). It made for the kind of perfectly imperfect moments that were lost with the digital viewfinder and 32GB memory card. And while you can be sure your 10-city trip through Europe benefited from the compactness of the digital age, we still think there’s plenty of merit to doing things the old-fashioned way every once in a while. So, in case you ever feel the urge, we rounded up a few good filmic options on the market today.

Revisiting the film camera with our favorites on the market today.»

The Untold Charm of a Vintage Dress Watch

  • Najib Benouar

Jaeger-LeCoultre

A lot of the vintage-watch chatter tends to focus on the Rolexes and Omegas of the world—and their divers in particular—but there’s plenty more wrist candy out there to be had.

Case in point: this 1950s Jaeger-LeCoultre dress watch.

And instead of having to hunt one down, our pals over at UrbanDaddy Perks have teamed up with the watch aficionados at Analog/Shift to get you the inside track on this watch and a small cache of other heirloom-worthy timepieces. When we asked which one of the bunch was their favorite, A/S immediately pointed us in the direction of this LeCoultre, noting that it’s got an understated case with a slim profile and a reliable movement that’s easily serviceable. The sweeping seconds register is a nice addition, plus it’s priced to move.

Time is of the essence.

The Stat Sheet: Spelman Pants by Proof

  • Najib Benouar

In the wrong hands, tailored tech fabrics can be a dicey proposition—there’s a tendency to go too rugged.

Which is why we were pleasantly surprised by the indestructible yet citified Spelman Pants by NYC label Proof. They’ve got all kinds of technical innovation, but look nearly identical to the pair of grey trousers you’re wearing with your navy blazer as you read this. But these are waterproof (and spilt-scotch-proof). Oh, and they’re 30% off over at UrbanDaddy Perks. Here’s what else you need to know.

The Story: Proof designs and tailors all of their rugged menswear in NYC—and these pants are the pièce de résistance of their line, using high-performance, breathable, quick-drying fabric that’s been treated to be waterproof, dirt-repellent and happy-hour-spills-resistant.

Who to Channel: An avid outdoorsman in a board meeting; someone who bikes to work; pre-kilt Kanye West at New York Fashion Week.

When to Wear It: These pants should come in handy anytime it’s raining out, or you plan on doing some extracurricular activities after work that require heightened lower-body mobility.

Think of This As: A Patagonia jacket for your legs disguised as the nicest pants you own.

Some inspiration from Mr.West, after the jump.»

What to Buy with Your $150 at Wittmore

  • Najib Benouar

Universal Works Polka Dot Scarf

Our comrades-in-style over at UrbanDaddy Perks are turning your $100 into $150 worth of buying power at our favorite new menswear webshop, Wittmore—and thanks to a fortuitous year-end sale still in effect, your dollars are going to stretch even further. To mark the occasion, we thought we’d help you figure out the best way to spend that windfall of cash. So we took that magic number of $150 and filled up a cart with shirts, blazers and/or more, supermarket-sweep-style. Three times, each to dapper effect.

Presenting the three best ways to spend your extra cash at Wittmore.»

Get Your Grenson, 30% Off

  • Kempt Staff

We thought we’d help you start off 2013 on the right foot—by putting your feet in some smart shoes from legendary British shoemakers, Grenson.

And, fortuitously, our comrades in style over at UrbanDaddy Perks have a handsome selection of Grenson shoes for 30% off. There are boots, wingtips, the perfect pair of starter-double-monks and some suede for when the snow comes off the ground.

We’re already confident in predicting this big trend in 2013: wearing shoes.