To celebrate the launch of The Art of the Everyday, our new capsule collection with COS, we at MR PORTER decided to muse upon a few simple quotidian habits that can vastly improve the quality of a man’s life. Below, man of letters and MR PORTER Contributing Editor Mr Mansel Fletcher muses upon the art of hand-written communication, and looks to some of its greatest masters for tips.
The convenience of electronic communication is unimpeachable. Fixing a training session with your PT? Send him a text. Catching up with an old friend who now lives abroad? Send her an email. Making a plan to see your sister? Use WhatsApp. But if you’re thanking a friend for dinner, applying for a job, commissioning an artist, passing on fatherly advice or even chasing a debt, it’s better to put pen to paper. Their scarcity means that hand-written letters have never made as deep an impression as they do now.