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Charlie Porter

Menswear Critic, Financial Times

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A regular fixture at fashion weeks, Charlie Porter has become a leading voice in fashion, documenting the industry as the menswear critic for the Financial Times.

While pursuing a philosophy BA at King's College London, Porter spent his placement period at Vogue, where he had the opportunity to attend shows by the likes of Alexander McQueen. Unable to pursue an MA due to financial reasons, Porter began his journalistic career for the Daily Express in the mid-1990s.

In 2000, Porter was appointed the deputy fashion editor at the Guardian. Later serving tenures at GQ and Fantastic Man, Porter became a freelancer in 2012. In 2014, he was appointed menswear critic at the Financial Times, where he currently works.

Today, Porter holds a position on a selection of panels for both NEWGEN MEN and Fashion East. Recently, he has also appeared in panels and conversation with designers Nasir Mazhar and James Long and is recurrently a guest on SHOWstudio evaluating fashion shows.



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