Pocket Guide: Toby Bateman of Mr Porter

Toby Bateman, the Managing Director of Mr Porter, explains why the most important word in his style vocabulary is 'versatility'.
Pocket Guide: Toby Bateman of Mr Porter

Whether he likes it or not, Toby Bateman is one of the most influential names in fashion. As the Managing Director of Mr Porter, he is in charge of a major platform for the world’s fashion and style brands — and, believe me, every brand wants to be a part of it.

As for his style, it is one he says was developed in his twenties and that he has stuck with. “I like tailoring but I also like wearing jeans and button-down Oxford shirts. That is my thing, and I think in the job I do it has been a very versatile way of dressing: I can wear this outfit I am wearing today to a meeting at a tailor on Savile Row and also at a meeting in Italy with Brunello Cucinelli and also at a contemporary brand in the East End.” Having met him on several occasions, he is never out of place; he seems to be the most stylish man in the room without really trying to be. Never overdressed, never underdressed, there is the sense that he cares not for being snapped outside myriad fashion shows by street-style photographers. His is more of an inner elegance that bears no logos but is a personal expression of his style — and that, if you dig a little, will unearth some very stylish touches indeed! 

This Boglioli jacket paired with the striped crew-neck sweater from Connolly take nothing away from each other and define the era of subtle luxury. The three-roll-two button formation on the jacket is a nifty tailoring touch.
Traditional and yet modern too, these English-made Edward Green shoes made from cordovan leather have worn beautifully and are matched with thick Corgi cotton socks and turn-up jeans from RRL.
This elegant 36mm seventies Rolex Explorer Ref. 1016 with a gorgeous creamy patina on the dial shows its age, and is a true collector’s item.
Toby likes pocket-squares, and these three are some of his favourites. On the left is a very interesting piece by Massimo Alba with a seahorse motif at the centre. Only a few of these were made. Also, a monogrammed Drake’s pocket-square and a mosaic-like number from Anderson & Sheppard.
These gorgeous Cutler and Gross matte tortoiseshell bespoke frames with his name engraved in the inside of the right arm clearly gets some wear, as his surname has become somewhat faded over the years. They are matched with an Oliver Peoples x Kitsuné detachable clip-on polarised lens.
Originally published in Issue 50 of The Rake. Subscribe here to read more.