I have been awaiting the opening of Mr. Porter for quite a while now, and today it finally opened. You may be asking what is Mr. Porter? It’s the Male equivalent of Net-A-Porter. An online store with a selection of some of the world’s best designers; just for men. It stocks the excellent likes of Burberry, Lanvin, Balmain, and even more obscure brands such as Aubin & Wills.
As a male I have always found it frustrating shopping for designer clothes online. There are not many reputable online stores, and any that seem reputable mark up the clothes so much it’s simply out of the question. The selection you get online for department stores in regards to menswear is often out dated, and generally a lack lustre selection. A lot of designer boutiques, and brands do not sell their own clothes/ranges online themselves, and there has always been a gap in the market for a decent online menswear retailer. Finally, it’s here!
I highly suggest you go check it out, I don’t think you will be disappointed. The website is easy to navigate, and laid out in quite an inspiring way. Each item has clear crisp photographs with multiple views, and angles, and in some cases a video clip of the item in motion – so you can really judge what it is like, how it hangs et cetera. So head on over to http://www.mrporter.com/, and have a look, or two – definitely a site I will be using myself.
I thought I would share two looks with you I put together using items from http://www.mrporter.com/. Not necessarily everyone’s taste, or epically original – but my taste. I like classic items, I don’t think classics should be disregarded because they are not ‘original’. There is nothing wrong with a classic, it’s a classic for a reason after all…
Trousers: Burberry London – £175
Shirt: Maison Martin Margiela – £200
Jacket: Belstaff – £380
Shoes: Jack Purcell – £45
Bag: Mulberry – £1,015
I love contrast. There is something about a stylish waxed jacket (or even leather) with a crisp shirt, and chinos that I love – plus a wax jacket is a very practical piece to own. It’s attitude, and style working hand in hand together. Team it with a slick Mulberry (you know how much I just love Mulberry) classic hold all (the Piccadilly) in black for urban sophistication, then throw on some fun white ‘sneakers’ just because. I like wearing things together that you don’t expect to see together, unlikely combinations (albeit not outlandish!) can sometimes yield the best results – experimentation with your wardrobe is always fun. There is something about the colour of the chinos, and shirt, complimented with black that I just think works.
Jumper: John Smedley – £120
Jeans: Acne – £130
Trench: Burberry London – £650
Shoes: Gucci – £405
Bag: Mulberry – £585
Sometimes nothing feels greater than throwing on a gorgeously soft jumper, this look incorporates comfort with style. I love dark jeans in slim fit, the more trousers like they look the better. Everyone knows I have a thing for shiny shoes, perhaps not for every day wear (unless you are ridiculous like me) – however a spot of patent livens up any outfit. I don’t think there is a coat as classic as the Burberry trench, I love this short trench – it retains the classic look of the trench, but is shorter, and much more suited to the modern man, and the modern lifestyle. For the bag I chose the classic Mulberry Elkington, I love the almost satchel style of this brief case (it also does have detachable shoulder straps) – the colour of it really compliments the trench, and provides a softer edge to the entire look. This look is very me…
I had an unfortunate end to my weekend. One of my cats had a seizure late Sunday evening, and unfortunately we had to call a vet out, and have her put down. I found it quite upsetting as you can imagine. I don’t tend to cry at much, however I was bawling my dear eyes out. I don’t cope with death very well… However, it was for the best, and the most humane thing to do in the situation. Just very sad, almost like the end of an era! Moving on… it’s a new week, and a busy one at that.
p.s. Plans for a John Lewis in Birmingham (with the New Street Station renovations) announced, exciting times!