Friday, May 13, 2011

Mr Porter.

The name 'Net-a-Porter' derives from 
'pret-a-porter' meaning 'ready to wear' in French. 
As I'm sure most of you will be a aware that both Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter are online shopping websites that deliver globally. 

They are one of the very few websites that sell authentic luxury/high fashion; clothing, shoes and accessories. 

Personally I adore Net-a-Porter, even though it is out of mine and probably most people's budgets. I still browse just to observe the way that the items are teamed together; typically in a clean, non-cluttered and very stylish way. 

Mr Porter was a new venture and launched only a few months ago. Its sister company, Net-a-Porter which has been running for just over ten years now, only caters for women.

It goes without saying that times have changed and men have no inhibitions about being increasingly interested and concerned with style. 

Which I think is simply wonderful, one should always take pride in ones  appearance regardless of gender.

Mr. Porter I found slightly disappointing in the sense that everything on the site is very monotone. 

The layout is sensational. 

Clean, crisp and sexy. 

However, on the clothing front, nothing is too out there - which is a shame. One appreciates quality and simple clothing but such a major brand should offer more than just an array of plain Charvet cotton shirts or one of every colour of a plain Maison Martin Margiela crew neck sweater. 

Margiela is known for being one of the great creatives rivalling McQueen. Why don't we see any of that here? 

Maybe I am comparing the site too closely with Net-a-Porter... Where it is the norm to be greeted by geometric Sass and Bide mirror detailing, Pucci psychedelic prints and in your face colours. 

The man's shopping experience is very different to that of a woman's. Women take more effort in sifting and trawling through countless shops and websites to find exactly what they want or what no other girl will have. Whereas the male of the species will more often than not go for the easy and logical option. Which is what Mr Porter definitely offers. 

Everything is very clean cut and the entire site oozes class and quality. 
My favourite part has to be: 'Inspirations'
below are but a few...

What more could one ask for, if I were a man I'd most certainly want to encompass the aura, power and self worth of the men below;

Mr Porter does seem catered for the Gentleman's Quarterly reader, with the high profile job and the perfectly suave City flat.
In conclusion every inch of the site has been tailored for the style savvy male. It's brilliant. And if luxury and class is what you are after you will not be disappointed. 

Here are a few of my fave pieces; 






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