Mr. Porter, I Presume? Jeremy Langmead’s Essentials

Published March 1, 2011

The London-based online retailer Net-a-Porter recently unveiled a new site geared towards men, called Mr. Porter. Jeremy Langmead, who left his post as editor-in-chief of Esquire UK to run the site, gave us a sneak peek at five of his favorites. More info at http://www.mrporter.com.

Richard James single-breasted, two-button suit in navy with flat-fronted trousers ($1365)
Ideally, a blue suit will be a lighter shade than navy and it then will work just as well for weddings as for the office; teamed with a fresh white shirt it will always look sharp. Buy it here.

Incotex flat-fronted slim-fit chinos ($350)
I spend my life (slight exaggeration, but certainly more time than I should) seeking out the perfect pair of slim-fit chinos. Often, when you find the perfect pair, you discover the next season that the brand has changed the fit and they’re not as good. However, the Italian label Incotex gives these American classics a nice European edge, and it produces its trousers in skinny, slim and regular fits. Perfect. Buy them here.

Orlebar Brown Bulldog swim shorts in bright red ($215
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We have a ‘Recommendations’ section on the site, where people can send you custom lists of products they recommend you check out—whether it’s for a job interview or a vacation. I’m recommending a pair of Orlebar Brown Bulldog shorts to all my friends this summer. This British brand’s tailored swimwear is what the founder, Adam Brown, calls “shorts you can swim in,” and that sums them up perfectly. Buy them here.

Luis Morais Small Cross Ebony and Black Diamond Bracelet ($800
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I’ve noticed the number of men who now wear beaded bracelets—not just casually in LA, but you see all the business guys in Milan wearing them with their suits, too. I think it’s a smart, masculine option for men’s jewelry. The ones I covet (and already own a few of) are by Luis Morais, the Miami-based designer. Buy it here.

Burberry Prorsum double-breasted waterproof trench coat in black with belt and epaulettes ($2066
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Coats are the easiest and most immediate way to update your wardrobe; and often the first thing people notice when you meet them. There are some great trench coats out there for spring—and when going through the images for the Style Icon section on Mr. Porter, we tried not to be too predictable, but it was impossible to ignore how cool Humphrey Bogart looked in his trench in Casablanca. So, in the vain hope that a little bit of that might rub off on me, I’ll be buying a Burberry double-breasted trench—but in black, just for a change. Buy it here.