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Mr Porter's Glossary of Men's Style


Zimmerli was founded in Switzerland in 1871 by Ms Pauline Zimmerli Bäurlin, who initially ran a small cottage that produced socks. Today, Zimmerli is internationally renowned for its luxurious underwear made from natural fibres and careful production, all of which still takes place in Switzerland, ensuring the highest standards.


The zip, or zipper, came into being in the early 20th century as an accumulation of different inventions by various designers. Since the late 1930s, the zipper has been a clothing staple, lending its fastening power to a whole array of items. The zipper fly is an innovation that we particularly approve of as it does away with the inevitably fiddly miniature buttons that would otherwise take its place.