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Mr Porter's Glossary of Men's Style

Gant was founded in New England in 1949, establishing itself as a go-to label for preppy East Coast style. Gant Rugger reinvents these Ivy League classics for today, using modern fits without losing sight of its classic American influences. Laying claim to several innovations in preppy style - including the third button on the back of a button-down collar and the locker loop - Gant Rugger is the real deal, and a dependable choice for high-quality Americana.

An item of clothing that has been assembled in a plain-coloured material before being dyed its final colour. This is the alternative to constructing a garment from a pre-dyed material and it gives a more distinctive, slightly "washed" finish, because the colour is distributed less evenly.

Founded in 2011 in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, Garrett Leight California Optical is committed to producing eyewear that combines top-notch craftsmanship with timeless aesthetics. The word "California" is included in the brand's name as a reminder of the easy-going, culture-inspired philosophy that the designs incorporate.

Gauntlet Button

Just above each cuff, dress shirts tend to have a vertical opening on the sleeves, concealed beneath a placket, to enable the sleeves to be rolled-up. A gauntlet button is intended to close this sleeve opening when it is not required (in other words, whenever the shirt is being worn normally with the sleeves down). Gauntlet buttons are a sign of a well-made shirt, since they help the sleeves to fit better on the forearm and keep the sleeve opening closed, ensuring no unsightly flashes of flesh. See also: shirt cuffs

A shirt fabric featuring alternating white and coloured checks. Once a country look, gingham checks have become popular even at the office. The name originates from the Malayan word for "striped", ginggang.

Gitman Bros. has been making shirts in Ashland, Pennsylvania, since 1978. The company takes enormous pride in the quality of its shirts, and it takes around 80 minutes - and 50 individual steps - to make each one. With all this experience, the company has built up a large archive of fabrics and a highly skilled workforce. Gitman Vintage is a combination of these, with classic, reissued fabrics lovingly made in the brand's original factory. Oxfords and plaids are at the core of what this company does best, making this the go-to label for classic American shirting.

Founded in 1952 by Mr Hubert de Givenchy, this venerable Parisian fashion house has recently been given a new lease of life by creative director Mr Riccardo Tisci, whose collections have won widespread critical acclaim. Combining Gothic elements with the refinement of the haute couture era, Mr Tisci's collections are contemporary and stylish. Read more about Givenchy

Shorthand for Glen Urquhart check, a twill with a large checked pattern. It is often incorrectly referred to as Prince of Wales check, because it was worn by the Duke of Windsor when he was still Prince of Wales.

Mr William Green founded Grenson in 1866 in Northamptonshire, UK, making high-quality men's shoes; he was the first producer in the world to use the Goodyear welting construction method, which is now a hallmark of all well-made British shoes. Today Grenson blends traditional craftsmanship with contemporary looks. Read more about Grenson

A ribbed silk that is often used to finish items of men's formal wear such as lapels, bow ties and cummerbunds.

Founded in 1921 as a luggage maker, Gucci has since become one of the world's most famous fashion houses. Under the creative directorship of Ms Frida Giannini, Gucci's men's collections have remained true to the brand's original feel of glossy luxury, but have been updated with a rock'n'roll twist.