There’s always a consumer hangover the day after Christmas, when you see the festive red cups are empty and colorful wrapping paper is littered all over the living room floor. And yet, it’s hard to ignore that post-Christmas sales are the best sales, rivaled only by Black Friday. Tonight, one of the best seasonal sales just started: Mr. Porter’s. At the moment, you can find select items on their site discounted by as much as 50% off.
Mr. Porter’s inventory is massive, and there are nearly 9,000 items included in the promotion. The best way to tackle their sale section is to browse by brand, or go through the product categories and filter by sizes. The nice thing about the second approach is that it allows you to serendipitously find things you might otherwise miss. Over the next few weeks, Mr. Porter will also add things from previous seasons and restock sizes as people return items, so it’s worth checking back.
You can browse the entire sale section at their site. If you come across something you like, I recommend acting fast, as things tend to move quickly. Mr. Porter’s free shipping and easy return system make it risk-free to try something on. For some suggestions, here are over a dozen items I think are noteworthy.
Edward Green Dovers ($1,155)
For me, Edward Green’s Dover on the 606 last is the Platonic ideal for split toes. It’s shapely without being overly sleek, retaining that conservative roundness that suits a more casual shoe. I also love how the slightly chiseled toe looks masculine underneath grey flannels and tan whipcords. The shape paired with double soles gives it a sort of visual weight that can’t be beaten. Plus, it has all the right details: five eyelets, the counter at the back, and most importantly, a hand-sewn pie crust apron. These are absurdly expensive, but if I had to wear one pair of ready-to-wear shoes my entire life, it would be these. Mr. Porter has them in a wide range of leathers, including grained and suede. Just note that Edward Green’s sizing runs a half size small, so a US 9D would translate to a UK 8.5 here.
John Elliott sweatshirt ($105)
I stupidly ignored John Elliott for many years because I thought the brand was too hyped and overdesigned. But a few seasons ago, I purchased one of their raglan sleeved sweatshirts because I like the heavily faded blue color. It has since become one of my favorite sweatshirts. It has a wide, slightly cropped body and overly long sleeves. It’s baggy, but intentionally so. As I understand it, they have different fits every season, but I would take a chance on this black sweatshirt. Black knits are great in that they provide a neutral background for everything — outerwear in olive, navy, tan, and even black. It’s the one knitwear color you can rely on when you’re not sure what to wear.
A friend of mine once described Margaret Howell as a British country version of Brunello Cucinelli: exceptionally well-made clothes, but more approachable. This outfit above seems like the perfect example. Imagine wearing this Margaret Howell mock-neck sweater with wide Lemaire pants and a pair of black derbies. It’s the perfect outfit for browsing bookstores and clothing stores, meeting up with friends for coffee, or going to type a few emails at a cafe. Plus, look at the little pocket on that sweater! What would one hold in there? Snacks? Secrets? A small, folded piece of paper with the perfect soul-ending comeback? Only the wearer knows. Margaret Howell also has an oatmeal colored sweater this season, but it’s pocket-less.
Castañer’s espadrilles ($78+)
When summer comes, and you’re lounging in your backyard, you’ll be wondering why didn’t you pick up these handsome Castañer espadrilles on sale. I like the linen ones, but Mr. Porter has a whole selection of them, including some in suede. Wear these with shorts, chinos, or linen trousers paired with t-shirts or camp collar shirts. They’re a step-up from flip-flops.
Bleu de Chauffe’s Tote ($132+)
I love mid-sized totes because they’re perfect for carrying around walkable cities. They have just enough space for daily errands — a quick run to the grocery store or bringing something to your local alteration’s tailor. At the same time, they’re easy to carry and can be slung across a shoulder. They’re not so big as to be unwieldy. This one from Bleu de Chauffe is made from waxed ripstop cotton, vegetable-tanned leather, and buckled webbing. I like that it fits in well with workwear styled wardrobes without being too heavy-handed with macho, old-timey references (sometimes these sorts of bags try too hard to look like 1940s tool bags). This tote comes in beige and navy.
Anderson & Sheppard Sisal Hat ($143.50)
Hats can be intimidating, but trust me when I say that a straw hat is one of the easier traditional styles you can wear. For one, they have a full brim that can flatter your face, but they don’t come with any of the social baggage that’s associated with felt fedoras. They can also be a little more casual, depending on the design, which I find makes them easier to wear. Most of all, since straw hats are relegated to spring and summer – or at least sunny days – you have a good, practical excuse for wearing one. There’s nothing better for taking the pretenses out of a hat like the sun beating down. This one from Anderson & Sheppard is especially good because the slightly darker color and rougher weave make it look more casual than its white Panama counterparts.
Engineered Garments Backpack ($105)
This is the sort of backpack that everyone thinks is from REI. But one day, while you’re walking to a cafe or class, someones stops you to ask if your backpack is from the FW20 collection of Engineered Garments. “Why yes,” you answer. You two then strike up a conversation about Daiki Suzuki, the broader universe of Nepenthes-related labels, and David Marx’s book Ametora. You go drinking every weekend at a local pub and laugh and laugh and laugh. You now have a new best friend, and it’s all because of this backpack, which you bought on sale.
De Bonne Facture Turtleneck ($266)
Navy is a wonderful color for a turtleneck because it pairs so well with outerwear in grey, tan, or olive. This one from De Bonne Facture was knitted in the northwest of France and is made from fine merino wool. It has the perfect weight for the body and collar: a body that’s thin enough for layering, but not so thin as to be clingy, and a slightly chunky collar that I think looks more casual and approachable. It’s more Maine Guy; less English lit professor.
Chimala Camp Collar Shirt ($290.50)
Stussy Camp Collar Shirt ($78)
An affordable alternative to the Chimala shirt. This one has a slightly oversized fit, so it may work better as a lightweight, summer layering piece. Wear it open and over a t-shirt, and then paired with wide-legged pants like the model on Mr. Porter’s product page.
Anderson & Sheppard Sweaters ($189+)
Perhaps as a sign of the times, Mr. Porter has a range of knitwear on their site right now marketed as a collab between Anderson & Sheppard and Camoshita. I’m not sure what the collaboration entailed, but I imagine A&S relied on their suppliers while Yasuto Kamoshita helped choose the colors. I like the saddle-shouldered Shetlands and “boat builder” rollnecks, which come in appealing colors such as deep brown, forest green, and teal. With the 30% discount, the Shetlands come down to O’Connell’s territory.
Various Things From Mr. P
Mr. Porter’s in-house label, Mr. P, seems to offer excellent value. The line is clearly informed by Mr. Porter’s sales statistics and current trends, as many of the pieces look like an overview of the retailer’s editorial page — the vacation styled shirts, the long topcoats, and dark monochromatic color palettes. But many of these things are also items you can wear for a while. With the current promotion, they have shearling truckers and checked topcoats starting at $570, retro-styled knits for $154, and a cheerful yellow sweatshirt for $75. The shearling jacket you see above would look great with grey trousers or blue jeans, and it costs a fraction of what designer brands would charge for something similar.
The elusive black side-zip boot made from full-grain leather. For whatever reason, traditional shoemakers often don’t offer this model, even though they have it in their archive. Fashion brands also often cut corners by using corrected grain leather. These Officine Generale boots are sleeker than Chelseas, pair well with a range of fashion-forward casualwear, and are made from full-grain leather. I wear black side-zips with topcoats, black leather jackets, and some Western wear. With the discount, these from Officine Generale come down to $392.