Words by Mr Peter Henderson
To celebrate the debut London Collections: Men shows in June, MR PORTER threw a party with Esquire magazine and Jimmy Choo. That wasn't all, though. We also collaborated with Jimmy Choo on a short film, to showcase the internationally renowned, London-based brand's AW12 collection. Jimmy Choo's designers, Ms Sandra Choi and Mr Simon Holloway, were inspired by the eclectic style of Mr Jimi Hendrix (who lived in Mayfair, London, in the late 1960s), so the film has a swinging 1960s vibe to it - something that also reflects the distinctly British design of Jimmy Choo shoes. In further recognition of this, each pair is named after an iconic London street or neighbourhood. With impeccable Italian craftsmanship behind the designs, and a broad choice of styles available, from classic leather Oxfords to louche Chelsea boots and loafers, we can't wait to get our feet into the new collection. Watch the film above and read our Q&A with the designers below to find out more.
Mr Holloway: There was a particularly British dandyism that stemmed from the loosening up of Savile Row during the late 1960s, championed by Tommy Nutter and Mr Fish. This season, the traditional brogue styles have a modernist cut while the hippie and psychedelic rock influences informed our choice of colours, such as deep purple and in particular our new Porno Camo print.
Mr Holloway: I love the traditional-modern fusion of our tailored and brogued Brompton boot. It's a slick and sexy way to wear a more classic style.