Mr Porter

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How much are we loving Mr Porter right now? So Cool!

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Style Crush: Etro Clutch

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Accessories are key pieces for me. Like many I am a firm believer in the 20:80 rule: 20% designer matched with 80% high street. Like many I also long for the day when I can break the ratio! Accessories are perhaps the best way to meet the 20% quota and can really enhance an otherwise ordinary outfit.

My latest obsession is an accessory piece. Men’s clutch/ pouch bags. I have seen them more and more of late and I love them. Perhaps not the best accessory for winter (I’d prefer to keep my hands hidden) but now may be an ideal time to buy with a view to next spring/ summer

I am currently crushing on this Etro Pouch available for sale at Mr. Porter

Etro Leather Clutch – £540 Mr Porter

French outfit Ssense have this stunning croc embossed piece from Mr Marc Jacobs. Very reasonably priced also.

Marc Jacobs Croc Embosed Laptop Case – £160 Ssense.com

My favourite of find is this Benedetta Bruzziches Woven Leather Pouch. I think it is a women’s piece but true sartorialists can rock it with style. Gutted the grey has sold out. Still this ‘natural’ coloured one is just as nice.

Benedetta Bruzziches Natural Clutch – £129 darkroomlondon.com

What do you think? Are you feeling this as an accessory?

Reiss Sample Sale

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An avid fan of Reiss for many years now I tend to get overly ecstatic when I receive the details of their latest sample sale. Held in the Music Room space on South Molton Lane, W1 it all boils down to a matter of timing. The exclusive event is open to VIP holders first and commences around midday so it’s a lunchtime mission. You have to time it to avoid the initial queue to enter and the queue when the music room is full to capacity.

Once inside it’s all about the strategy. Have a plan. Decide what you need and head straight there first. The structure hasn’t changed in 3 years. Menswear is on the right and women on the left with a centre isle of accessory boxes (scarfs, bags, pocket squares, ties, socks etc).
Furthest right are the suits and blazers, then leather jackets the next rail is dedicated to waistcoats, and outerwear, then knitwear and casual trousers followed by jeans and shirts. The final rail is stocked with formal trousers and faulty/ returns type stock. A good couple of minutes spent here can reveal some real gems. For example last season Winchester DB trench retailed at £295, on sample sale at £90, on returns rail at £40. The fault was holes in the garment. A thorough inspection revealed these to be minor.

I managed to grab 2 suits. The first a navy blue cord, single breasted, 2 piece, which appears to be the sample for this seasons Shroader mixer suit also available in Navy and additionally in grey. The suit £120.

I also grabbed one of several 3 piece suits on offer, a salt and pepper single breasted suit. It has a linen look but is 100% wool. Still it remains light and the colour is great for mixing trousers and accessorising. A steal at £120 also!

The sales usually happen twice a year. To get ahead of the pack sign up at Reiss.com and they’ll make sure you get your exclusive invite.