Mr. Porter // The Classics - The Bomber Jacket
Mr. Porter // The Edit : Cashmere - Loro Piana
Fabric names are often delectably expressive - take the crisp sound of the word “cotton” for instance, or the shiny, clean connotations of “nylon”. Few are as indicative as cashmere, however, which is widely regarded as the precious stone of the textile world - a notion evidenced by the fact that it takes approximately four years for one cashmere goat to grow enough wool for a single sweater. Man has been sourcing this exquisite textile from the cashmere goat since the 3rd century BC, but it was a French revolutionary general stationed in Egypt who helped set the trend in motion in Europe when he sent a cashmere shawl to his wife in Paris. By the 19th century it had gained traction across the continent (helped, no doubt, by Queen Victoria being a fan), when the wool was imported from Tibet, spun into yarn in France and woven into sweaters in Scotland. Neither monarch nor revolutionary, it seems, can resist this timelessly tactile knitwear - and neither can we.
Mr. Porter - The Journal - Top 10 Drives
The coats we have selected here are inspired by some iconic photographs of men wearing outerwear that, like all true classics, have stood the test of time. The options are diverse and equally appealing, and as practical and handsome today as they will be for a long time coming.
The Classics: The Parka - MR.PORTER
From indigenous people of the Arctic to Quadrophenia, by way of the US military and then indie bands, the parka has proved itself to be more than just a practical winter coat. Its name is the sole word in English derived from Nenets, the language spoken in the Arctic north of Russia close to where the parka originated. Typically made from caribou or sealskin and trimmed with fur, the hooded Inuit jacket is the model for today’s parkas, which first came to prominence in the 1950s when the US military developed the N-3B snorkel parka.
Mr. Porter - FIVE WAYS TO WEAR: BLAZERS
Mr. Porter - The Journal - Five ways to wear a Peacoat
Mr Porter’s article on classic cars and vintage clothes:
“Driving a classic car transports you back in time, to when door handles were made of real metal, wooden dashboards weren’t moulded from plastic “trees”, navigation was by map and a friendly man driving in the other direction would alert you to the policeman lurking around the next corner. Like wearing a vintage watch, driving a classic car says you appreciate quality mechanical engineering and timeless style. That classic cars are also tangible, usable assets with zero depreciation (or significant appreciation if you choose well) makes them all the more desirable right now. “