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When Menswear Shops Meet Menswear Designers

0507-Kempt-Shops-HEADER-Context-Schott Historically, there’s been a pretty wide creative divide between the guys designing your clothes and the folks selling them.

But as of late, we’ve noticed a rash of new joint projects emerge, connecting innovative designers with our favorite menswear shops across the country. And we certainly won’t say we’ve hated it. So to honor this newfound camaraderie, we’ve taken a moment to round up the handsomest final products of their collaborative efforts.

What happens when menswear shops meet menswear designers, after the jump...»

One More Layer

United Arrows

File this one under “one more for the road.”

On the heels of our layering guide to end all layering guides, we’ve come across another example of how it looks when it’s done right.

The look comes from United Arrows, effortlessly mixing a tartan scarf, cableknit sweater and densely graphic button-up. Even the overcoat’s colorful—at least by overcoat standards. If we manage to look this stylish once fall starts up in earnest, we’ll consider it a job well done.

Spreading Out


Boutique dress shirts have run through just about every kind of collar there is—from spread collars to club collars to tuxedo-style flip-point collars—but polos have been lagging pretty far behind.

Luckily, Lacoste is making a go of it. These spread-collared polos came about thanks to a collab with Japan’s United Arrows, who slimmed down the silhouette and curved out the collar for something that looks a lot more current than most of the alligator’s usual gear. (Apparently John Waters was onto something.)

Of course, we’ll give extra points to the first polo that gives us a club collar…but we’re not holding our breath.

Kempt Man of the Hour: John Waters

  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

We always just kind of took it for granted that king-of-camp John Waters only ever wears vintage threads. That's what the writer/director's skinny suits and ties always looked like to us, and it seemed to match his retro persona perfectly. The other night at the opening of the new musical version of his 1990 film however, we caught the unmistakable whiff of designer duds adorning his rail-thin frame.

It was the modernized boating blazer that tipped us off, of course»