Shopping this fall is even more complex than usual. With so much of the world in a state of topsy-turvy turbulence, what’s a guy to wear? Rather than looking to the newest, buzziest designs (hello, gender-neutral muumuus and leather daddy trousers), we’d suggest investing in a few exceptionally well-made classics, like the ones we highlighted in our fall style issue. In times of uncertainty, superlative wardrobe staples will never fail you.
Coincidentally, our friends at Mr Porter have been thinking the same thing and they’ve answered with the most luxurious Mr P collection they’ve ever produced. Of course, enduring style has always been a key part of the e-tailer’s in-house brand, which is a reliable source for the kind of pieces most men reach for on a daily basis: oxford shirts, chinos, cashmere sweaters. But the latest collection, launching October 12th, ups the ante with top-of-the-line materials (Mongolian camelhair, solid brass hardware) and some of the most esteemed manufacturers (shoes crafted by the oldest maker in Northampton). These are basics at their very best.
If you’re at a loss for how to refresh your wardrobe this season, Mr P’s latest collection is a good place to start. We asked Olie Arnold, Mr Porter’s style director, for his expert advice on the seven key pieces to buy now. Consider this your fall fashion shopping list.
Mock-Neck Cashmere Sweater
“This cashmere sweater is one of my personal favorites from the collection. We’ve designed it deliberately with soft shoulders and a mock-neck to achieve a more relaxed feel than your standard roll neck. Knit in an Italian mill, the fabrication and fit of this sweater are truly impeccable and supremely comfortable.”
“At Mr P. we believe a good pair of boots should last more than one season, so we’ve constructed our leather Chelsea boots with Goodyear welted soles, which offer reinforcement and render the boots weather-proof. Constructed in Northampton in the UK, the home of quality shoemaking, the smooth black leather has just enough shine to complement an array of outfits.”
Unstructured Double-Breasted Blazer
“Here, we’ve taken our signature Mr P. tailoring and elevated it. With a soft structure and minimal lining, this double-breasted jacket is incredibly versatile and can easily upgrade any outfit combination. Tailored from pure cashmere, this number has all the markers of quality Italian tailoring. It’s made from long-staple fibers—the ultimate luxury when it comes to cashmere—and is finished off with horn buttons, carved exclusively for us in Venice. Truly an exceptional piece.”
Leather Blouson Jacket
“At Mr Porter, we believe that the leather jacket is one of those enduring wardrobe classics that every man should invest in. Choose the right one and it will last a lifetime. Our newest take from Mr P. is crafted from full-grain black Nappa leather, which gives it a polished finish and will retain its inherently rugged style wear after wear. Stylish, yet understated, this jacket is a staple that you’ll find only gets better with time.”
“This camelhair coat is as classic as they come. The fabric, fit and craftsmanship are unparalleled and stay true to Mr P.’s maxim: Easy pieces. Smart details. Enduring style.
The camel hair is hand-harvested in the outer regions of Mongolia, leaving a warmer and softer feel than your classic wool, and is left undyed to keep its distinctly rich tone. With a slightly longer length through the back, the coat is tailored carefully to strike a balance between classic and contemporary fit. Cut and sewn in Italy, this sumptuous coat is a timeless piece you’ll return to season after season.”
“As many of us continue to work from home, it’s time to invest in some serious, luxurious loungewear. These Mr P. sweatpants, constructed from 100 percent cashmere, are really—I mean really—soft. We’ve tapered them gently through the leg for a slimming effect so you can tie on a pair of sneakers and run errands without feeling like a slob.”
“This shearling-lined leather coat is the epitome of modern luxury. The contemporary shape oozes style and the shearling—which is carefully brushed by hand—is one of the most plush things you’ll feel, and hopefully wear, all season. Produced on the outskirts of Florence by one of Italy’s most esteemed workshops, this coat will undoubtedly turn heads.”