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on 3 January 2014
This book is very like its cover: which is fake letterpress with a ribbon bookmark; something pretending to be other than it is.
It seems to me very probable that this volume continues a series of articles that were originally published on the web site, in a style becoming known as "long form". Which means essays that talk around a subject, rather than directly on a subject. Mr Porter takes the affectation of referring to people as "Mr" (or "Ms", but overwhelmingly "Mr").
Oddly enough, relatively few articles are about clothes; instead they explore all topics of style: architecture, interior design, cars (but as design, not as temples of speed), grooming products (for men), and famous men. There is a section placed in the middle of the book called "The Knack", which is a collection of advice articles: cocktails, watches, lingerie, cooking.
If you follow the Mr Porter web site for the articles, then this is definitely for you (but have you already read all the content on-line?); if you follow other, similar web sites and print publications (GQ, Esquire, Monocle, Valet, Dappered, Primer), it's worth a look. But treat it as a transient magazine, rather than a a reference book for advice.
My disclaimer: I don't follow Mr Porter, the web site, and I have not read Volume 1 of Mr Porter, the book.