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Mr Porter's Glossary of Men's Style

Taken from the Persian word for dust, "khaki" was first used to describe the colour of the field uniform adopted by the British military in 19th century India. Similar to the word "chino" (which originally referred to a type of fabric, not a garment), the term has also come to refer to tan cotton trousers in general. Read more about khakis and chinos.

A soft leather made from the hide of a young goat, kid is often used to make men's shoes.

Paris-based Maison Kitsuné was founded in 2002 by Mr Gildas Loaëc and Mr Masaya Kuroki as a record label, championing up-and-coming electronic acts in particular. Shortly afterwards, the pair branched out to include fashion. Combining traditional standards of production with a contemporary aesthetic and attitude, Kitsuné collections have a timeless elegance about them. Mr Kuroki, who oversees the design, explains "all my influences are from the very American, 1960s East Coast style, but each season certain films or periods inspire my creations too". With its neat fit and rock'n'roll edge, the look is still distinctly French: "It's based on the French who travelled around the USA in the 1960s and fell in love with the unique American elegance of the East Coast," Mr Kuroki concludes.

Chosen as the first ski-wear brand to be stocked on MR PORTER thanks to its reputation for superior quality, performance and style, Kjus was founded in 2000 by the retired Norwegian skier Mr Lasse Kjus. Since then, other Olympic gold medallists including Mr Dario Cologna and Mr Bode Miller have worn the brand while competing, testament to Kjus' aim to "develop the world's best skiwear, using the most advanced fabrics, designed to meet the highest requirements of passionate skiers".

Tokyo-based Kolor is part of a new wave of Japanese brands that has only recently become available internationally. Its founder and designer, Mr Junichi Abe, studied at the prestigious Bunka Fashion College (where fellow alumni include Mr Junya Watanabe and Mr Yohji Yamamoto), before working as a pattern cutter at that other Japanese style institution, Comme des Garçons. In 1994, Mr Abe set up a label, called ppCM, with three friends, but by 2004 the team had disbanded and Mr Abe launched Kolor. "Trends within the fashion industry are largely irrelevant to us," Mr Abe explains, hinting at Kolor's philosophy, which is based on subtle, understated designs with a strong emphasis on detail, construction and fabric. Read more about Kolor.