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As it Happened | Lunch with Mr Porter

Dec 16th, 2011 | Categories: As it happened, London | by Michael Williams

Spent the day in London with the good people of Mr Porter including Mr Terry Betts (senior buyer, at left) and Mr Toby Bateman (buying director). We had a “traditional” English lunch at Mishkin’s (“a kind-of Jewish deli with cocktails”), which was amazing and definitely is something that would likely be more at home on Delancey than round the corner from Covent Garden. Nevertheless, the food (and the company) was terrific. And just kidding about the traditional English bit. A more in-depth look at Mr Porter very soon.

Comments: 31

31 Comments to “As it Happened | Lunch with Mr Porter”

  1. Frankie
    on Dec 16th, 2011
    @ 2:53 PM

    They look very elegant and well put together.


    on Dec 16th, 2011
    @ 2:57 PM

    cool story bro

  3. Ramalhoni
    on Dec 16th, 2011
    @ 3:18 PM

    I’ll be hoping to see these two gentlemen very soon! To show them my new shoe collection. ;)

  4. Sean
    on Dec 16th, 2011
    @ 3:48 PM

    dig those bluestone dub monks on left. cool twist.

  5. macgill
    on Dec 16th, 2011
    @ 4:00 PM

    Who makes shoes that look like acid-washed denim, and why? Also, does this photo mean that the Schlossman special–double-breasted blazer with rolled up APCs and clunky shoes–is spreading? And how can we stop it? (I have a lot of questions.)

  6. vanderleun
    on Dec 16th, 2011
    @ 4:22 PM

    One would think Betts and Bateman would spend a moment measuring each other’s inseam so that they didn’t have to archly roll their denims up at the bottom. In America we were over that just after James Dean died in a car crash.

  7. edwardrow
    on Dec 16th, 2011
    @ 5:04 PM


  8. Jacob
    on Dec 16th, 2011
    @ 6:40 PM

    Say, who makes those brown captoe boots? Are they shell cordovan?

  9. jfox/10e
    on Dec 16th, 2011
    @ 9:37 PM

    @macgill ouch. But yes DBs seem to be the new-man’s 3 button (ie cover more territory) which is great in a suit of armour way (wasn’t that the whole point of a suit anyhow?)

    Then bang over to Loch Fyne and hit South Bank Center for a Kurosawa retrospective. #brutalistarchitecture #miss_it

  10. jfox/10e
    on Dec 16th, 2011
    @ 9:48 PM

    incase not clear… not being cheeky at all. I hit an AK triple bill at South Bank once. BFI job I think. #epic And sottish oysters not half bad… j

  11. Alien7
    on Dec 17th, 2011
    @ 2:00 AM

    @vanderleun stop your fibbin’ fellas in the US from Cali to NYC are still rollin’ their slimmies and will until the damned things are off the market. “One would think Betts and Bateman would spend a moment measuring each other’s inseam ……” What’s this about did you drink that Hater-aid I saw you sippin’. These guys look like regular nicely dressed, if not a little plain for people in the biz. But that’s OK.
    @jfox I like your story and am waiting for more about Mr. Porter. They have some choice pieces on the site.

  12. Mr. McCall
    on Dec 17th, 2011
    @ 8:09 AM

    I’m not mad at the monk straps.

  13. Larry Thecablecock
    on Dec 17th, 2011
    @ 4:34 PM

    Business up top, party downstairs!

  14. O. Del Orso
    on Dec 17th, 2011
    @ 11:54 PM

    I’m generally opposed wearing a scarf in any manner that involves tying a knot. It somehow brings a sober, cold-weather outfit into Little Lord Fauntleroy territory. So I’m always keeping my eyes peeled for alternatives. The nonchalant folded drape that Mr. Bateman has going on there is some A+ stuff.

  15. Adam Blackadder
    on Dec 18th, 2011
    @ 6:31 AM

    @O. Del Orso, Absolutely agree. That whole wearing a scarf pulled through the loop thing is vile and way to “football manager” for my liking. Mr Bateman could actually wear his though or it won’t do its job.

  16. reynolds
    on Dec 18th, 2011
    @ 9:17 AM

    @vanderleun great comment, absolutely “spot on”. their jeans (especially rolled up, following the trend of the day) undo the good looks of the upper part. thankfully, they are (or at least seem to be) wearing socks.

  17. Larry Thecablecock
    on Dec 18th, 2011
    @ 11:30 PM

    Lately I’ve been draping a scarf over my head. Sometimes I wrap a scarf around my waist like a Japanese diaper. Then I leave my fly open, and let one end of the scarf dangle out. Keep peeling your eyes, Orso, you’ll be doing it a year from now.

  18. Cyrus
    on Dec 19th, 2011
    @ 11:17 AM

    They look stupid, these guys don’t have style, what is this shit? Those grey shoes are gross.

  19. jiheison
    on Dec 19th, 2011
    @ 2:46 PM

    Its a scarf, which ought to be secured about the neck in some way. Simply draping it precariously across the back of the neck seems much more foppish, as if intended to indicate “there is no chance I will be called upon to do anything vigorous or unexpected.” Of course, a foppish appearance may be the point.

    Either one of those guys would probably look fine if he weren’t standing next to the other.

  20. KRH
    on Dec 19th, 2011
    @ 6:13 PM

    Who over the age of 12 uses the word “Gross”? This is a clean and simple look which based on some of the comments above, even someone of you would screw up.

  21. jeff
    on Dec 19th, 2011
    @ 9:06 PM

    They got some style…. but I still have no respect for them, f*cking Brits.

  22. halberstram
    on Dec 20th, 2011
    @ 10:54 AM

    these comments are unreal. a few of you sound like some catty bitches.

  23. Reigs
    on Dec 20th, 2011
    @ 12:17 PM

    you guys! *makes dismissive hand movement*

  24. mordechai
    on Dec 21st, 2011
    @ 4:35 PM

    hands in pockets and all buttons fastened….. hmmmm

  25. thepastprotracted
    on Dec 22nd, 2011
    @ 10:58 AM

    Funniest. comments. ever.

  26. rufus
    on Dec 22nd, 2011
    @ 1:16 PM

    Mr Porter, the antithesis of what I understood ACL to be about. What I’m reading is PAID ADVERTORIAL. Low point Michael Williams.

  27. Michael Williams
    on Dec 22nd, 2011
    @ 1:20 PM


    In the old days I would tell you to “fuck off,” but I’ve clearly transcended the need to resort to such childish antics when dealing douche-bag commenters like yourself.


  28. Tuan
    on Dec 23rd, 2011
    @ 3:37 AM


    Way to take the high road.

    btw. I was at Mishkin’s this past summer.

  29. Ricky
    on Dec 23rd, 2011
    @ 11:31 PM

    I don’t get it.. These dudes seem totally fine.

    Also, I’ve ordered garb from Mr. Porter twice during their rather large sales and both times the gear arrived promptly and with a bunch of bells & whistles. They’ve got a good thing going and their customer service is spot on.

  30. Stilmagazin
    on Jan 4th, 2012
    @ 2:08 AM

    Cool Story, will give Mr.Porter a try soon.

    - Andreas

  31. Sam L
    on Jan 13th, 2012
    @ 5:33 PM

    nice post. wonder if anyone else has been by Justin Deakin’s new shop in Spittlefields? great guy. great shoes.