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The Month in Pictures: July

  • Kempt Staff

July in review

July, we hardly knew ya. And while it might have felt like the month just flew by in a tropical-drink-fueled, red-white-and-blue blur, we’d like to take a moment to remember some of the more handsome moments. So we’re firing up the Kempt DeLorean and taking a quick drive down recent-memory lane in this month-ending recap we like to call...

The Month in Pictures.»

Wax On, Wax Off: How to Fix Up After a Candle Spill

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

Wax spills

Here at Kempt HQ, we often receive letters from our readers—most of it adoring fan mail, but every so often we get a nude photo. Also every so often we get an inquiry from a wayward soul who we feel compelled to answer...

Thanks in part to your advice over the years, I was able to find and get a very handsome suit that was at the top level of my budget. And then, in its debut outing (at a wedding), some knucklehead knocked over a candle near me, which (of course!) managed to spill hot wax all over my trousers and shoes (not new, but still). Now what? Is the cost sunk? Can I at least write it off on my taxes?

Great to hear our words have guided you to the perfect suit; quite tragic that such a sartorial victory was followed by a real-life verse on irony. But this doesn’t necessarily mean a total loss. There are a few things you can try.

Starting with...»

Your 2013 Summer No-Reading List

  • Kempt Staff


There’s nothing better than a good summer read—especially when it doesn’t require much actual reading.

You don’t need all of that flowery prose cluttering up your perfectly good beach weekend or scenic train ride upstate. What you need is a handsome book full of glossy pages you can breezily flip through at will. Whether it’s clever infographics with easily digestible tidbits, photos of interesting cultural phenomenon or just Paz de la Huerta wearing a lot of different wigs, there are plenty of new books out this season that make for ideal summer lounging companions.

So, herewith, the five new books to put on your summer no-reading list.»

Icon: Jack London

  • Najib Benouar

Jack London

In the long, proud bloodline of gritty journalists—the Hemingways, the S. Thompsons of the literary world—there was the original: Jack London.

In 1897, at age 21, he sailed to the Klondike in search of gold, and instead of finding a fortune, he picked up a near-fatal case of scurvy. Returning to his native Northern California a little worse for wear and a few teeth lighter, he picked up the pen and never looked back. (As you’d imagine, a running theme in his writings was man versus wild.) For all the love the Gold Rush era gets from the Americana set, there aren’t too many faces that can be put to the name—just anonymous beards and dusty overalls—but Jack London was there, in the thick of it. Looking quite stylish, for the most part.

Celebrating the man who answered The Call of the Wild in five iconic photos.»

Gay Talese on Well-Tailored Journalism, Filmic Watering Holes and Dressing Like Tintin

  • Kempt Staff


Honor Thy Tailor: Gay Talese explains how being a good writer is like being a good tailor: “make the stitching last.”

Drink It In: Ten iconic cinematic bars Cool Material would like to have a drink at—we’ll get the next round.

Tin Can: Todd Snyder finds some inspiration in Tintin’s international gumshoe cartoon style.

Eye Opening: GQ visits the brand-new minimalist eyewear shop from Garrett Leight that’s bright enough to make you want to wear sunglasses indoors.

Gentlemanly Poets, Charting the Strokes and Buzz Bissinger Goes Off the Shallow End

  • Kempt Staff

The Strokes

Cultured Club: The three poets every man should read, courtesy of Barack Obama’s inaugural poet Richard Blanco and Men’s Journal.

Different Strokes: Grantland tracks the career arc of the Strokes as they release their latest album (coincidentally, a Spring Must-Have).

Gucci Main: Buzz Bissinger, Friday Night Lights author, delves into his deepest, darkest, shallowest obsession: Gucci.

“In” Box: Men’s Health makes the case for upgrading your digital lifestyle the same way you would your clothes and furniture.