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Before he launched his eponymous label in 2006, Mr Michael Bastian was the fashion director of a luxury New York department store, so he is better placed than most to know what sort of clothes that men want to buy. This insider knowledge is reflected in his line, which specialises in wearable, timelessly stylish pieces: "I work with the classic building blocks of an American wardrobe, then I elevate them to a luxury level whether that's in the fabric, the fit or the details," Mr Bastian explains. In this exclusive Video Manual for MR PORTER, the designer talks about the importance of the button-down shirt - that key component of the preppy wardrobe - as well as sharing a few tips on how to wear them. "A button-down shirt is really the most versatile of all the shirt collars," Mr Bastian says, and we would be hard-pressed to disagree.

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