I applaud Mr Porter’s steadfast efforts to become one of the best, if not the best, online shopping destinations for men. Carrying almost every menswear label under the sun and offering magazine-quality editorials and videos, the site is turning more and more into a lifestyle hub rather than just a traditional online retailer where men come, buy and leave. In their attempts to spice up your summer, they have jumped on the capsule collection bandwagon and enlisted super designers such as Raf Simons and Alexander Wang, to name a few. Among these highly anticipated collaborations, I’m especially drooling all over the one they’ve done with designer Alexandre Mattiussi of AMI. Some of you might not be very familiar with him or his relatively young brand, but when it comes to dressing men Alexandre’s credentials are beyond legit. He previously worked at Dior, Marc Jacobs and Givenchy. He founded AMI in 2011 with an eye to providing men with classic, easy-going yet stylish clothing.
To me, what AMI to French is like J. Crew to Americans though there exists a certain pricing difference. They both offer essential pieces such as plaid shirts, striped sweaters, chinos and well-cut blazers among other things. However, AMI has that elusive vibe of Parisian cool and understated going on, which I really love. This exclusive collection with Mr Porter include 13 casual, elegant and long-lasting pieces. It’s easy to like a collection, but not very much so to love every single piece, but this collection is surely falling into that “love. want. need” category. My absolute favorite is the slim double-breasted cotton-gabardine blazer, which is really as essential and timeless as it could possibly be though I’d have to sadly say that at $595 it IS out of my reach at this point. You can see the rest of the collection on Mr Porter’s website, or better yet I’ve done a roundup below to make your life easier.
Side note: In case you don’t know, AMI means “friend” in English. And it looks like Alexandre was really living by that ami principle when he suggested his personal favorite spots in Paris in THIS interview, which will be of great use for my upcoming trip (travel announcements coming your way soon.) Since I know how he looks like now, I’d be able to bonjour him when I visit those places if luck were to be on my side. It’d be way cool!