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Mr Porter's Glossary of Men's Style

In Glasgow in 1823 Mr Charles Macintosh invented a waterproof fabric, smart enough to wear in the city. His invention achieved such popularity that today his surname (although with a "k" added) is often used as a generic term for any raincoat, although those by the Mackintosh label are the true originals. Read more about Mackintosh

Behind the Brand: Mackintosh

Vibrantly coloured shirt and trouser fabric in which patterns tend to bleed into one another. Yet another bit of menswear that the British brought back from India.

Maison Martin Margiela

Legendary designer Mr Martin Margiela - whose identity remains a guarded secret - has left his namesake label but the brand continues to thrive, producing edgy collections that often feature luxurious classics reworked in an unmistakably modern way. Build your look with the stylish knitwear and minimal button-down shirts, and finish off with a pair of the high-top trainers for a cool off-duty outfit. Read more about Maison Martin Margiela

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Influential contemporary designer Mr Marc Jacobs has been holding the attention of the fashion world and setting trends since he launched his namesake label in 1986. In 2001, offspring brand Marc by Marc Jacobs was born, offering easy-to-wear urban style.

Designer Ms Margaret Howell established her eponymous label in London in 1972, initially producing men's shirts. Inspired by a finely stitched vintage one which she had chanced upon in a jumble sale, Ms Howell set about creating "loosened up" versions of traditional Jermyn Street shirts, retaining their quality and meticulous construction, but making the designs more fluid and contemporary. In many respects, this sums up the Margaret Howell design philosophy which remains the same today, even though the range has expanded to include full men's and women's collections. Margaret Howell clothes are renowned for their understated, intelligent design, and are known equally for being extremely well-made from superior materials, many of which are sourced from specialist British fabric mills. Ms Howell frequently takes inspiration from fabrics and garments themselves ("I work from the product up," explains the designer), rather than following trends or espousing grand narratives in her collections, which explains the clothes' subtle, timeless appeal. Indeed, "clothes not fashion" is a motto that the brand has unofficially adopted, although that is not to discount the serious design and manufacturing considerations behind each piece of the collection.

Mark McNairy

Previously creative direcor of iconic Ivy League outfitters J.Press, Mr Mark McNairy launched his own label in 2008, with a collection of top quality men's shoes, faithful to tradition (all production takes place in Northampton, UK, or the US) but with contemporary looks and styling. Look out for the modish suede Derbies with stacked red soles for an instant update on a classic style.

A marled material is woven using a ply yarn, which is made up of at least two other yarns intertwined. If the threads that make up the ply yarn are different colours, the effect on the finished fabric is one of soft, multi-tonal colour, as above.


Loved by design connoisseurs, Italian label Marni, launched in 1994 by Ms Consuelo Castiglioni, has remained one of fashion's best-kept secrets, retaining a relatively insider status despite widespread critical acclaim. Discover for yourself the eclectic style, refined materials and use of inspired shapes and patterns that have won Marni legions of well-dressed fans.


Based in Milan, Marsèll specialises in handmade leather shoes, which have at once contemporary appeal and a distinctly heritage-inspired aesthetic. The label's easy shapes and creased, washed leather lends its shoes and boots an easy-going, Bohemian edge.


The founder of Marwood, Ms Becky French, honed her skills at Ralph Lauren and Aquascutum before launching her debut collection of men's accessories in 2011. Marwood's ties are made by hand in the UK using fine English cloth. We particularly like the textured silk bow ties.

Massimo Alba

Mr Massimo Alba had been designing clothes since the mid-1980s before founding his eponymous brand in 2006. Based in Milan, Mr Alba creates collections that are characterised by casual Italian elegance. Cashmere is a speciality: don't miss the sweaters and cardigans. Click here to read more about Massimo Alba


Offering clothes and accessories inspired by both the McQueen main line and British subcultures, McQ is the relaxed, casual line from the iconic British label Alexander McQueen. The brand's laid-back wardrobe staples, including leather jackets, jeans and plaid shirts, are perfect for building a stylish weekend look.

Mercerisation is a process whereby threads are chemically treated; this strengthens them, makes them more receptive to dye and gives them a glossy appearance. Fabrics woven from mercerised threads (such as mercerised cotton) have a smooth finish and a slight shine.

Wool taken from the Merino sheep. The term originally denoted Merino sheep bred in Spain but is now equally associated with Australian and New Zealand sheep, whose wool is of the same high standard. The wool is favoured for its softness, which is a result of the fineness of the fibres.

Since 1885 this family-run firm has specialised in high-quality leather gloves, all of which are handmade in Italy. The company has worked with other luxury brands, including Brioni and Kiton, and makes driving gloves for Lamborghini, which is evidence of its position as a market leader.

Founded by former model Mr Michael Saiger, Miami-based Miansai is an accessories brand specialising in understated jewellery blending careful craftsmanship with heritage-inspired designs. The eclecticism stems from Mr Saiger's experiences travelling the world.

Before he launched his eponymous label in 2006, Mr Michael Bastian was the fashion director of a luxury New York department store, so he is better placed than most to know what sort of clothes men want. This insider knowledge is reflected in his line, which specialises in wearable, timelessly stylish pieces: "I work with the classic building blocks of an American wardrobe, then I elevate them to a luxury level whether that's in the fabric, the fit or the details," Mr Bastian explains.

Mr Michael Bastian, Designer and founder of Michael Bastian, on the versatility of the button down shirt

"What's blacker than black, baby?" Midnight blue. A dark navy blue colour used for tuxedos because it can actually appear darker than black when viewed under indoor lighting.


Mismo is run by Danish husband-and-wife team Mr Adam Bach and Ms Rikke Overgaard. Combining a clean Scandinavian aesthetic with high-quality Italian materials and production, the label's contemporary bags are both stylish and functional for everyday use.


Established by Italian athletic champion Mr Ottavio Missoni in 1953, this Italian label is today world-renowned for its luxurious patterned knitwear. Under the creative directorship of the founder's daughter, Ms Angela Missoni, the collections have gone from strength to strength in recent seasons.

Hair of the angora goat. Soft to the touch, mohair is often combined with wool for a suiting fabric. The result is a shiny, crease-resistant cloth similar in look to the more Rat Pack-ish material known as sharkskin. Mohair reached its pop culture apotheosis when the Ad Libs sang its praises in their hit "The Boy From New York City": "And he's cute/in his mohair suit/and he keeps his pockets full of spending loot."

Not the trendy little notebooks that groovy colleagues bring to meetings - those are Moleskine. Moleskin is the sartorial equivalent of comfort food: a rugged cotton fabric that is made to resemble the velvety texture of mole fur. Mostly used in trousers and for the odd jacket.

A shoe that closes with a buckle, or a double buckle. Despite its rather celibate-sounding name, this style is a rakish alternative to a lace-up. The difference between single and double monks comes down to attitude. Single monks are somehow softer, more understated and timeless (which is why they look so right in chocolate brown suede), while double monks are harder, crisper and arguably lend themselves better to dark brown leather. Double monks have a slightly military feel, thanks to the four straps, and are almost invariably designed with a toecap, although this is merely a convention. See also: shoe styles.

A black or grey tailcoat, worn with striped trousers and a white shirt with a stiff collar. The outfit can be accessorised with a coloured or patterned vest. In modern times, the morning suit is most commonly worn to formal daytime weddings in the UK. See also: formalwear

Mougin & Piquard x J.Crew

This watch marque, which was originally established in 1852, has been recently revived in collaboration with J.Crew. Each timepiece in the range is based on one of the illustrious firm's archive designs, and each one is hand assembled in Switzerland using quartz movements.

MP Massimo Piombo

Founded by Mr Massimo Piombo in the late 1980s, this Milanese label's collection of timeless formal wear is created from a range of artisanal fabrics that are carefully sourced from around the world.

Mr Hare

"It's about that feeling you get when you put on a pair of shoes you know are truly badass. They are the kind of shoes people notice. They are elegant, beautiful and romantic" - Mr Marc Hare, founder, Mr. Hare

When Mr Marc Hare founded his eponymous shoe label in London in 2008, his aim was simple: to make distinctly modern shoes that benefit from old-world quality and craftsmanship. Although Mr. Hare shoes are made to the most exacting standards in Italian factories, using only the finest leathers, it is their contemporary design that really stands out, subtly referencing culture and fashion while remaining timeless and elegant. Mr Hare says, "We are creating shoes that have the quality to last a lifetime, the design must also consider its place in every wardrobe for years to come." In many respects, this sums up the beauty of Mr. Hare shoes: their classic designs ensure a certain irreproachable style, but without the heaviness and sobriety associated with traditional leather shoes. Whether worn with classic tailoring, the latest runway fashion, or casual weekend attire, a pair of Mr. Hare shoes will never look out of place.

Mr Marc Hare on his on his fervour for footwear

Since 1971, British luxury brand Mulberry has attracted acclaim for its fine leather goods - its bags, in particular, have gained a cult following. The house continues to thrive under the creative directorship of Ms Emma Hill, and the range of men's bags and accessories, constructed from the best leathers, are both elegant and masculine.


High-performance sportswear is a category new to MR PORTER this season, and we are pleased to stock the specialist brand, Musto. Since it was established in 1965, this British-based label has become the definitive name in high-quality, stylish clothes to wear for sailing, while the firm has more recently added shooting attire to its range, which we are also stocking. Favoured by world champions and Olympians, Musto is the industry leader - and it looks stylish to boot.