Collaborations are ten-a-penny within urban and streetwear at the moment yet few have the appeal of this unique and exclusive 44 piece offering between Mr Porter x OFF-White. Named ‘Modern Office’, the partnership sees a a revisionist dress code of traditional and modern sportswear, inspired by a new generation of workers and their work places. Under the direction of founder Virgil Abloh, the collection has been created with Off-White’s leading maxim – to define the grey areas between black and white as the colour off-white – and interprets the collection’s overarching themes of flux, evolution and modernity into a synergy of fabrics (wool, felt, cotton and heavy canvas), colours (muted and tonal), treatment (clean and distressed) and visuals (graphic
Appealing to the younger Mr Porter audience and customer, this is a step in the right direction to bring the brand to a more mainstream yet no-less style savvy guy. However, there is no doubt that this collection is targeting the ‘new drop’ collective who regularly await new and exclusive pieces from cult names and designers. With Abloh now one of the busiest and in demand creatives in the fashion industry, pieces that will no doubt sell-out VERY fast include the high-top sneakers, a phone-case and the logo pieces – I have my eye on the ‘OFF’ baseball hat, below.
To learn more about to collaboration, have a read of the Q&A that Abloh has done to coincide with the launch…
What is unique about the MR PORTER X Off-White exclusive collection?
“Modern Office” harmonizes classic business attire with streetwear, making the collection its own special entity that the youth and older generations can both understand.”
Can you tell us the inspiration behind the “Modern Office” theme?
“The besuited business man and that young skater hanging out in the park on the Lower East Side. Those two worlds gracefully colliding into one.”
Which are your key pieces in the collection that you’d like to shout about?
“The Work trench linen coat with tonal embroidered Arrow logo, all over logo print washed cotton heavy canvas jacket, wide-leg linen pant with tonal Arrow logo, allover-logo silk camp collar and low 3.0 leather sneaker are key for this collection. It fully embraces my goal to unify classic styles with a cool, youthful edge.”
What is it like to work with MR PORTER?
“Working with the MR PORTER team was incredible. MR PORTER is one of the top online retail destinations for men, but has a cool added twist. It provides so much more for the consumer – from style advice, to The MR PORTER Post, and weekly online magazine, The Journal. It’s not just a destination to buy clothes, you are given a creative experience making everything much more personal.”
Who is the Off-White guy? Can you describe him?
“The Off-White guy reaches many different personas. It’s that young guy at the skate park, it’s the businessman, the artist. I can describe him as youthful or possesses open-mindedness of the youth – a product of the future.”