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The Directory: Mr Porter gets its California vibe on

The online retailer has launched a series of capsule collections inspired by the lifestyle and culture of the American west coast state



Mr Porter’s ‘Made in Calfornia’ capsule collections will feature 12 designer brands that have designed street and casual wear inspired by the west coast state. Launching on April 18, some of the brands include Amiri, The Elder Statesman, Golden Bear, James Perse, John Elliott, Mollusk Surf, Noon Goons, Outerknown, Rick Owens, Second/Layer, Simon Miller and Stussy. Each brand has created a collection unique to its own idea of the Golden State, creating more than 110 products across clothing, shoes and accessories.

“California has always heavily influenced us from a creative and commercial standpoint at Mr Porter. In response to current trends in menswear, and the amount of design talent both based in the region and inspired by its aesthetic and lifestyle, we decided to build our spring capsule collections around this theme,” says senior buying manager Sam Lobban. “Even if you’ve never been to the region, you can certainly identify it.”

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Make your own shoe

Are you one of those who struggle to find the perfect pair of shoes? Dubai tailors Stallion Bespoke can build one for you, and it will be all yours down to the last detail. All shoes, after being specified by you, are hand-made in Spain by a third-party manufacturer. Production time is about four to six weeks and cost ranges from Dh1,100-1,600. Not bad for something you’ve created all by yourself. Go to