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Our Big-Ticket Pieces For Spring 2018

The new-season items to invest in – as recommended by the MR PORTER team

The world of menswear can sometimes seem like an endless whirligig of competing advice. Instructions seem to fall on our heads like the gentle rain from heaven. Or else in a whacking great tsunami. At MR PORTER, we always attempt to streamline and give our views succinctly,  to look to the timeless, not the momentary, and do so without the finger-wagging prescriptions of some style publications. After all, fashion comes and goes, but style sticks around, as someone clever once said. With this in mind, the MR PORTER staff have put their heads together, opened their Wish Lists and produced a list of the big-ticket, investment pieces that we want in our wardrobes this season.


I go by the maxim that the things worth investing in are the things that you use often. A house, for instance, or a car or bicycle. What joy is there in having something beautiful that barely sees the light of day? This Berluti leather-trimmed suede bomber is exactly the type of thing I would splurge on. It is cool, beautifully made, and restrained enough that you could wear it often, without the cognoscenti guessing at its worth. With it I would wear these Thom Browne sunglasses, whenever the sun has its hat on. And, to encourage me to save for the investment piece I will no doubt be longing for this time next year, I would also get this silver money bank from Asprey.


The trick when buying a fine, expensive suede garment is to remember that it is not an everyday throw-on piece. It’s like the vintage sports car you keep in the garage – only drivable when the sun is shining and you feel ready to pose. That said, clothes are meant to be worn, so when you do take this Tom Ford jacket for a spin, make sure you’re backing it up with the right outfit. I’d wear it with a pair of off-white selvedge jeans, black Chelsea boots and the best weather forecasting app known to man.


It’s no secret in the office that I’m a huge watch fan. Jaeger-LeCoultre is known as the “watchmaker’s watch”, so I would snap up the Deep Sea Chronograph. Active explorer? Check. Enjoy diving? Check. It’s an incredibly hardwearing watch. Now spring is on the horizon, it’s time to start introducing some bold prints and checks into my wardrobe. Sacai certainly has the ingredients to achieve this look. I particularly like this linen shirt with a shell-trimmed drawstring hem. Good-quality and long-lasting luggage is essential if, like me, you travel a lot for work. This carry-on suitcase from Bottega Veneta is hand-crafted in Italy and built from sturdy canvas and leather. It would make weekends away and short-haul travel a breeze.


My real big-ticket expenditure of 2018 has been an array of holidays to Thailand, Morocco and New York (sorry, not sorry). I impulsively booked them in the depths of January, so my spring wardrobe investments have been tailored towards keeping me in a slick-looking, comfortable, travel-friendly condition. My first purchase for spring would be this aluminium suitcase from Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano, which I’m pretty sure (but don’t quote me) would keep its contents protected from a nuclear zombie apocalypse, so the Heathrow luggage carousels should be no trouble. The earthy tones of Dries Van Noten’s SS18 collection are crying out to be worn in tropical, exotic sunlight, so I would take this camp-collar satin shirt with me everywhere I go and this oversize sweatshirt, too, to shield me from the freezing-cold air conditioning on the plane.


It may be the Year of the Dog, but 2018 is also the year of Prada and the year of a smarter me. If I could buy the entire range, I would. For now, I’ll make do with these three pieces. This blouson jacket has been expertly cut in Italy from buttery suede. It’s trimmed with a soft ribbing and is fully lined, which is a bonus. The rich bottle-green shade will elevate my usual all-black attire. With it, I’ll wear these wool trousers, which have natural thermo-regulation properties, making them ideal for year-round wear. They’re smart enough to wear to the office, yet casual enough for an evening out. Finally, this leather-trimmed backpack has a utilitarian design but delivers subtle luxury.


One key takeaway from the recent menswear shows is that logos and statement prints are here to stay, so this spring I’ll be confidently sporting this satin bomber jacket from Fendi. The price tag isn’t the only eye-popping thing about it. It’s reversible. Turn it inside out, and you have a midnight-blue satin jacket that is perfect for more low-key occasions. Think of it as two jackets for the price of one. I will wear it with a pair of 1970s-inspired sunglasses. These gold aviators from Cartier are meticulously made and should last a lifetime. And to put a spring in my step, I’ll be putting these roaring-tiger socks from Gucci on my Wish List.

Big-Ticket Items

  • President's Suede Jacket

  • Berluti Leather Chelsea Boots

  • IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase 45mm Stainless Steel and Alligator Watch

  • Sisley - Paris Supremya At Night - The Supreme Anti-Aging Skin Care, 50ml

  • Trianon 18-Karat White Gold Stingray Cufflinks

  • Bottega Veneta Intrecciato-Trimmed Leather Tote Bag