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Weathering a Hurricane in Style

  • Najib Benouar

A superstorm... the Frankenstorm... Sandy.

Whatever you’re calling the hurricane headed toward the Northeast this weekend, things are promising to get very wet, very quickly. So to weather this storm—and the ever-looming danger of torrential downpour this time of year—we’ve come up with a few integral upgrades to your rain gear that should keep you stylishly dry without looking like a rain-slicker-wrapped Gorton’s Fisherman (though not a bad last-minute Halloween costume idea). Even if that means braving a few errant drops or an oversized puddle—and taking it all in stride.

Upping your rain gear in five easy steps, courtesy of Kempt.»

Tallulah Morton Looks Better Than You in a Tank Top

  • Kempt Staff

Tallulah Mortonvia WBE

Tanking Hard: Esquire takes issue with The NY Times’ endorsement of men wearing tank tops. (For our take, see: Russell, Kurt.) [Esquire]

Olympic Mettle: Meanwhile, on the other side of Print Media Town, GQ rounds up a dozen tank tops “fit for an Olympian.” (Everyone else should still proceed at their own peril). [GQ]

Whispers in Paris: The latest from the Kanye rumor mill: he might be presenting a menswear line in Paris next week. Naturally, the Internet is going gorillas. [Hypebeast]

Umbrella, Ella, Ella: Your daily dose of umbrella porn (if there is such a thing), by way of Naples. [Die, Workwear!]

Bright and Stormy

  • Najib Benouar

The week has gotten off to a wet start on the Eastern Seaboard—and a trusty umbrella is key during the warmer months, when the stifling proposition of a waxed jacket is out of the question.

Right on time, Hypebeast has turned us on to a handsome collection at Club Monaco, made by the British craftsmen at London Undercover, with well-appointed wooden handles and shafts. The camouflage number is particularly on trend right now, but they’ve also got a blaze orange option along with your standard black.

Luckily, staying dry never goes out of style.

The Camo Umbrella

Camo Umbrella

If you're still buzzed about British DPM camo after our roundup last month, here's an option that might not have occurred ot you: the umbrella.

It comes from the English brollophiles at London Undercover, with an oversized DPM pattern on the top and a warm red on the underside—presumably to make you feel warmer than you are. But mostly it's an inconspicuous way to work a challenging pattern into your routine.

And in the case of a wet snowfall, it'll be a lot more useful than cargo pants.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Whangee

The British umbrella’s already the pinnacle of rainy-day style, but we’d like to nominate a particular detail as especially crucial. We’re thinking of that notched handle known among connoisseurs as the whangee.

Make no mistake—this is advanced-level British nostalgia. (The icon, if we had to pick one, would be The Avengers’s John Steed.) But it’s also the kind of grace note that separates the standard article from the full trad. Especially if you happen to know the backstory...

The distinguished history of whangee...»

The Avant Trench

Larke Trench Coat

Now that trench coats are a Times-approved trend, we thought we’d dip back into the raingear scene for one of the more adventurous examples o the classic coat we’ve seen.

This Larke mac is the same treated cotton as the classic mac, but two twists push it forward into sci-fi territory. First is the obvious: it’s electric blue. It’s hard to think of a more trad-averse color. But even more importantly, it’s cut perilously close to the belt line, higher than half the blazers in our closet.

In short, it’s the rebel grandchild of the classic knee-length Mac. Next stop: the most Warhol-esque umbrella you can find.

Take Cover

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A shocking number of the world’s umbrellas seem to be of the ramshackle $5 variety—especially shocking since just a little bit more flair will get you one of the more handsome items in your closet. One of our favorite examples: this plaid union jack brolly from London Undercover. Their Slim Walker line is full of cheeky takes on the classic English accoutrement, including another lined with a photo close-up of a plate of fish and chips—in case you forget to think of England.