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MR PORTER launches podcast series The Details

Lauretta Roberts
01 May 2020

MR PORTER has released a new podcast series, called The Details, focusing on "the little things that matter in the male wardrobe".

Over a series of six, 30-minute episodes, The Details delves into the history of zips, buttons, stitching, pleats, collars and labels to tell a story about the evolution of contemporary menswear. 

Listeners are taken on a journey around the globe from the cutting rooms of London’s Savile Row to a factory floor in Nara, Japan, with stop-offs in New York, Paris, Naples and beyond. 

Hosted by writer and MR PORTER Contributing Editor Adam Welch, and "with a historical backbone" provided by Professor Andrew Groves of London’s University of Westminster, the interviewees include Margaret Howell, Thom Browne, Emily Bode, Olivier Rousteing, Luca Rubinacci, Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak of M/M Paris, Ian Bergin of Barbour and Gaku Tsuyoshi of FDMTL. 

The following details are covered in each episode: 

Episode 01: Buttons 

The button is a wonderful thing: ancient in design, pleasing to the touch and eminently collectable. In this opening episode, Welch visits Margaret Howell in London and Auralee in Japan to have a rummage through their button collections. 

Episode 02: Collars 

One of the most trend-sensitive details in menswear, the collar has a lasting life in the modern world, both in the hands of Barker, a traditional collar-maker in Somerset, and, as Thom Browne explains in this episode, as a piece of timeless utilitarian design. 

Episode 03: Labels 

In this episode, Welch visits multi-award-winning art directors Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak of M/M Paris and Barbour’s head of menswear Ian Bergin to discuss what makes a label. 

Episode 04: Zips 

This episode discovers why the zip has a special pull for Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing and explores the next frontier in zip technology with the North Face Japan. 

Episode 05: Pleats 

Whether you’re broad-chested or rake-thin, it’s pleats and darts that will make sure you look good. In this episode, Mr Welch explores their technical merits at Huntsman in Savile Row and drops in for an appointment with Luca Rubinacci – the man behind modern tailoring’s most generously pleated trousers. 

Episode 06: Stitching 

Stitching is more than what holds a garment together, so this episode explores the Japanese art of sashiko stitching with Tokyo-based designer Gaku Tsuyoshi and quizzes Emily Bode on how she’s using stitching to drive a new, more sustainable mode of consumption in men’s fashion. 

The MR PORTER Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all major podcast providers, as well as through the refreshed and reimagined MR PORTER The Journal. The luxury menswear platform recently evolved its content to an "aways on" model, having previously published The Journal every Thursday and bite-sized daily content though The Daily Edit. 

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