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Into the Wild: An Essential Outdoor Edit for Foraging

Sensible shoes, a waterproof jacket and an adventurous spirit. Port presents everything you need to rediscover the old-fashioned art of foraging. 

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Who doesn’t remember the simple, sticky-faced pleasure of blackberries plucked in passing from a late summer hedgerow?

This is foraging in its simplest form, and it’s a skill that has largely been lost in the rush of modern life, buried in a mass of plastic-wrapped supermarket convenience.But as we wake up to the realities of our unsustainable food chain, there is an increasing desire to eat locally sourced, organically grown seasonal produce – of which foraged ingredients are the purest form.

The world's leading gastronomists, from Salon's Nicholas Balfe to Noma's René Redzepi, champion foraging as a route to better, more ethical eating. But as much as it’s about the spoils, it's also about the pleasure of spending time in the great outdoors – something that many of us just don't get enough of.

With this in mind, here are three key pieces to take you from the urban jungle out into the wild.
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Get Wandering

Grenson specialises in the type of shoe that lasts for decades, eschewing seasonal trends for quality materials and craftsmanship. This pair, for example – in brushed suede with antiqued hardware – will weather beautifully after a few dozen wears. 

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Get Wet 

Foraging is a four-season hobby, which is to say that a reliable waterproof is an essential piece of kit. Alberto Aspesi's namesake brand is particularly good at these, thanks to a strong emphasis on fabric innovation. This subtle mint-green piece is incredibly lightweight, complete with toggled drawstrings at hood to help you shut out the elements. 

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Reap the Rewards

From delicate elderflowers to damp nettles, a foraged haul requires proper protection. This backpack by outdoors specialist Filson is as sturdy as they come – boasting leather-seam binding, reinforced walls and three external pockets. As an added bonus, it's also designed to carry laptops up to 16" wide and fits perfectly into an overhead locker. 

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