Words by Jim Merett @Mr. Porter
It could be down to the arrival of the new season of top-notch, spy-inspired clothing line Kingsman on site. More likely it’s because we’ve just binge-watched the latest series of The Trip (which repeatedly celebrates the dulcet tones of Sir Roger Moore), but when donning this week’s batch of new blazers, we can’t help but mimic the silky articulation of our favourite James Bonds, often with a borderline-inappropriate pun as dry as a Martini. To highlight this trio of jackets, we have assigned each a Bond that they best represent. It might seem a bit tenuous at first, but believe us, it will (probably) make sense by the end. Here, then, are the items we have our eye – or gun barrel, with signature theme tune – fixed on. Only these agents don’t work alone, so we’ve picked out the items to team them with.
A modern interpretation of a classic, this is a sharply cut blazer that will prove at ease in numerous locations: from swanky ceilidhs on Scottish estates to more low-key barbecues on abandoned islands off the coast of Macau. Fashioned in Italy, by a discerningly British label, it is made of a light and flexible stretch-cotton twill with enough give for rooftop parkour, should the need arise. The olive tone will sit nicely next to navy or beige trousers. And, as the satin sleeve linings suggest, it can be worn with formal shirting, but we’re opting for a more relaxed take, with a refined midnight-blue striped Dunhill polo shirt, for indulging in a crisp product placement-appropriate beer after averting global catastrophe.
For the man who walks like a panther, a jacket that floats like a butterfly (and is, in fact, called “Butterfly”). Strikingly handsome, this herringbone linen number should prove unruffled in most situations, but ultimately is best worn in some enclave off the shimmering Mediterranean coast. Just as Sir Sean Connery had to have some hard edges smoothed out to play Bond, this blazer embraces Caruso’s signature soft construction, and is partially lined, meaning it pairs well with knitwear. However, it isn’t afraid to rely on the odd sharp line. We’ve deployed ours with a pair of Boglioli linen-blend trousers in Blofeld-beige mushroom, washed for a suitably lived-in appearance. Both items should be comfortable rather than snug – we don’t expect you to diet.
Should this item result in an arched eyebrow or two, that only seems fitting. We’ve previously argued the case for Sir Roger Moore as the best Bond, and there’s no doubt that it is his sense of style that swung it for us – the actor even commissioned many of his own outfits for the films. And while serving Her Majesty, he did more than most to raise the profile of the utility-pocketed safari-style silhouette. It’s a heritage that has been lovingly captured here by Cordings, a noble brand keeping the British end up. We’ve matched this piece with a pair of brogue boots in a merlot shade (we’re hoping of a vintage that Bond would approve). So dress like Sir Roger, we say: because nobody does it better.