Porter of Call

We ask Dan May, style direc­tor of Mr Porter, for his top tips and picks for the sea­son—and what he packs for any trip, whether busi­ness or plea­sure

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May is known for his mash-up style, as seen here in a proper shirt and tie paired with a well-worn denim field jacket ’ve had quite a round­about way in my ca­reer,” says the style direc­tor for Mr Porter, Dan May, who en­vis­aged be­com­ing a ten­nis player long be­fore court­ing fash­ion. Grow­ing up in South Africa and then schooled just out­side Lon­don, May grad­u­ated from uni­ver­sity with a de­gree in phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and sports science. “I started my ca­reer as a per­sonal trainer and got my foot in the door with a very short stint in mod­el­ling,” May re­calls. “I even­tu­ally went back to school and stud­ied photography.” He’s since switched to a po­si­tion be­hind the lens and has be­come one of the most sought-af­ter menswear stylists in Lon­don. May has taken on projects for la­bels such as Ber­luti and Paul Smith, and has dressed celebri­ties from Bryan Ferry to Jared Leto. May, sur­pris­ingly, has al­most no rule­book when it comes to styling. “I don’t re­ally have any guide­lines other than ‘less is more,’ par­tic­u­larly with menswear. I tend not to like it when peo­ple over­dress,” he says. “It’s re­ally all about in­di­vid­ual style.” And who should we keep our eyes on in the com­ing sea­son? “Ja­panese de­sign­ers— Sa­cai, Visvim, Kolor and Remi Re­lief—they’re hav­ing a real mo­ment.” “You don’t need to spend a for­tune on a good shirt—j Crew makes a great cham­bray shirt, a wardrobe es­sen­tial for any mod­ern man”

“I like to mix pro­por­tions; a fit­ted jacket goes with a looser pair of trousers and a pair of chunky brogues by Mark Mcnairy— I’m not very good with del­i­cate shoes” “I love ve­tiver scents and I’ve used this one from Guer­lain for many years now. I’ve ex­plored sim­i­lar ones from Tom Ford or Her­mès, but I al­ways come back to this”

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