The jacket is J.Crew's Ludlow fit, the slimmest the brand produces. The narrow lapels (with sartorial-detail pick stitching) and high arm holes keep things looking trim and modern. The material is a fine, super-120s wool fabric sourced from Italian supplier Loro Piana, while a high-quality Bemberg lining is used inside. Matching narrow-cut trousers complete the suit.
The button-down Oxford shirt is ultra-soft, thanks to the "sunwashing" process, which softens the cotton and gives a worn-in "sat in the sun" look. Teaming a softly structured shirt with a crisp suit is part of the J.Crew philosophy. "It's about taking what you have in your closet and mixing it in an unexpected way to make it modern. Some imperfection is good," says Mr Muytjens.
The madras plaid cotton tie, which is handmade in the US, connects the formal jacket and the more casual shirt, and adds some colour to the outfit. "It's nice to sneak in a pop of colour," Mr Muytjens tells us. "Small touches go a long way." The same can be said of the sterling silver tie bar, a dandyish detail which brings to mind 1960s New York style.
The matching, narrow fit trousers are cut from the same super-120s wool material (which strikes the pefect balance between softness and everyday durability) as the jacket. With a fuss-free zip fly and belt loops, these trousers can be worn separately from the jacket too, for example with a blue blazer or dressed down with a shirt and cardigan, for ultimate versatility.
Launched in 1983, New York-based J.Crew has become an American style institution, renowned for its easy-to-wear wardrobe staples that reference menswear of the past but remain unerringly contemporary. "The functional details and authenticity of vintage military surplus and workwear from the 1940s and 1950s, as well as the elegantly tailored suits worn by JFK and the leading men in movies such as North By Northwest, Blow-Up and Novecento, are the kind of influences that inform our collection," Mr Muytjens explains. Previously unavailable outside of the USA, Canada and Japan, MR PORTER was the first retailer to sell this iconic brand's menswear globally. The twin emphasis on effortless style and superior quality has propelled J.Crew from the humble mail-order catalogue which it was in the early 1980s to the fashion force it is today. President Barack Obama, Mr Jake Gyllenhaal and Mr Johnny Depp are fans of the label's sleek, no-nonsense style, and so are we.
ALSO BY J.CREW
THE TRENCH COAT
Mr Muytjens, J.Crew's head of men's design since 2008, wears the label's
THE TOGGLE SWEATER
The actor and director Mr Matthew Gray Gubler wears J.Crew's cotton knit sweater with a modish shawl collar and toggle details
THE COTTON LUDLOW SUIT
THE CHAMBRAY SHIRT
The actor Mr Jonathan Bailey sports J.Crew's workwear-inspired red