Twenty-Four Hours With… Ami
Mr Alexandre Mattiussi cooks up his spring 2015 collection, now available at MR PORTER
What was the best thing to happen to menswear in early 2011? Anyone? OK, you get one point if you said, “The launch of MR PORTER, my go-to style destination”. But we’ll also give you another if you said, “Ami”. The Paris-based brand, brainchild of Givenchy and Marc Jacobs alumnus Mr Alexandre Mattiussi, became an instant favourite among MR PORTER’s Buyers and Editors – and not just because we’re both Aquarians. No, much more relevant is the fact that Mr Mattiussi’s proposition of “real clothes for a real man” fills a genuine gap in the male wardrobe – its smart-casual products striking a fine middle ground between practicality and edgy Parisian cool (as well as, crucially, offering premium quality at a comparatively accessible price point).
As spring 2015 looms into view, with a certain feeling of déjà vu, we’ve already got our eyes eagerly trained on some of the simple, sophisticated new pieces from Ami’s latest collection: a playful tribute to the ruffled tailoring and youthful energy of a high-school recess deck.
MR PORTER was with Mr Mattiussi last June for the 24 critical hours before the collection’s debut, in a show that took over the gymnasium of Paris’ prestigious Lycée Carnot. The resulting film Ami: The Day Before captures Mr Mattiussi’s musings and final preparations (he calls it “a bit of a cooking process”) as he makes the last tweaks for the show – something of an after-school special.