When Mr Porter, the premier luxury brand e-tailer, announced that their sale was launching on Boxing Day, it was a must to visit with up to 50% off, even at 10am. There has been a rise in retailers, both on line and those with bricks-and-mortar stores, launching on Christmas Day and Boxing Day over the past few years but rarely with the discounts Mr Porter is offering.
By the time I had logged on, a few pieces had sold out however there was loads left - although being a small size in shoes, clothes and, well, everything, it was made easier as most guys are not as compact as me. Brad, possibly more excited than I, had already put a shopping list together and he had these YSL sneakers in the mix, which I instantly fell for. I did think to perhaps go for a couple of pieces from brands like ACNE or YMC, or a single piece of clothing such as a Givenchy jacket or an accessories from Mulberry, but I do not have a pair of great sneakers. So they had them, then so did I...
They arrived this morning via courier, with the shoe box wrapped in sheer black tissue paper, with a Mr Porter 'store' bag placed on top accompanies by a gift note (with my name on, top). What's more, a welcome envelope contained a great Mr Porter pocket square in white cotton, embossed with the e-tailers handwritten signature.
The sneakers, which come in an YSL box with silk black dust-bag are patent and suede in navy, with high shine detailing and 'Y' perforated into the toe which is a great feature. Unfortunately they are now sold out but Mr Porter has some similar, here, in grey.
The Mr Porter sale is still on so log on here a get a great piece of style before it runs out.
Entitled Black Surf, Givenchy, photographed by Mert and Marcus, present a very dark start to the year in these SS12 campagin shots. I think the apocalyptic background and hues are rescued by the vibrant colours of the Bird of Paradise designs on the mint and military green sweaters and suits. This is such an incredible collection, a fantastic progression from the gothic and Rotwieler prints from AW11, reaffirming that Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy is one of the most progressive and excellent designers of a heritage Parisian label.