What does ‘Worsted’ mean?

Gorge, melton, baste, handle, pitch, twill… the world of bespoke tailoring is blessed with a rich and expressive vocabulary. Many of the terms are as old as the industry itself, and are seldom used outside the world of suiting. As a result they can be confusing, ambiguous or even misleading, and over the years this blog has sought to ease ... More

6 ways to outdress your boss without outshining your boss…

It used to be that the boss got his suits tailored and everyone else had to settle for off-the-peg. Then, in April 2004, the tectonic plates shifted, the moons and the stars aligned and a new industry was born that enabled anyone and everyone to enjoy the once hallowed experience of having a piece of cloth cut to your own taste, require... More

King & Allen Purple Mohair Mod Coat

The King & Allen Spring / Summer Collection – 2016

In previous collections we have made every effort to push the boundaries of what’s possible in tailoring, often using the most avant garde cloths and designs - with a view to showcasing the latest styles from the the men’s fashion weeks of Paris. Milan, New York and of course London. For this season, however, we have been a little ... More

The Life and Style of Prince – The Last Dandy Megastar

From the naked androgyny of his eponymous 1979 album, to his emotional last appearance in Atlanta last week, Prince Rogers Nelson set his own path in both style and music. To understand how and why he achieved such a unique journey, it’s important to understand a little about his relationships with two key factors in his life: god and sex. ... More

Colourful orange and grey jacket

Why injecting colour into your suit style could make you happier (and richer!)

Wearing a splash of colour with your suit could get you a promotion, a pay rise and make you happier, according to a study of 2000 British workers. The study produced a number of interesting statistics: 20% of British workers wear no colour at all - choosing to stick to black, white and grey. 20% of 18-34 year olds credited ... More

Leonardo Dicaprio Wolf of Wall Street Tailoring

Icon of the Month – Leonardo DiCaprio

It has been a long time coming, but Leonardo DiCaprio finally got the award he’s been waiting for all these years… King & Allen Icon of the Month! When Leonardo DiCaprio first found mainstream success in the late 1990’s, he had a real passion for three button suits, which he would often wear with just the top button done up - ... More

King & Allen Wedding Suit Photography Competition Winner

K&A Suit Photo Competition – we have a winner!

Last month we invited you to send in a photo of you in your K&A suit for a chance to win £700 to spend in store. There were a huge amount of entries, so it was a genuine challenge to shortlist our favourite 6 which were then voted for by the Facebook community. The competition garnered a huge amount of attention, with over 800 ... More

Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden's Bespoke Suit

We made Iron Maiden’s drummer a dinner suit – and he trashed it immediately…

This is a photograph of Nicko McBrain, the drummer for Iron Maiden, wearing a King & Allen dinner suit for an amazing underwater photo shoot. King & Allen had donated the suit in support of a charity called Fresh2o, which aims to draw attention to the fact that over 4000 children die each day from contaminated water. Nicko ... More

Style prediction 2016 - Trainers with Tailored Suits

Style Predictions 2016, Part 2

On the blog last month we gave you Part 1 of our annual Style Predictions. As you yourself may have predicted, here is part 2! Wearing roll necks with suits Roll necks featured heavily at London Collections: Men last year and we saw the look on models and film stars throughout 2015. Now it’s time to take the plunge. Roll necks ... More

Derek Zoolander silver shiny suit

Icon of the Month – Derek Zoolander

Derek Zoolander: model, actor, philanthropist, but not an ambi-turner. In a lovely case of life imitating art, imitating life, the film’s costume designer, Leesa Evans, has confessed that most of the clothes worn by the film’s protagonists are existing pieces - or adapted from existing pieces - by designers such as Valentino, Kenzo ... More