Icon of the Month – Brad Pitt

This month sees the release of By the Sea, the first film Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have starred in together since they met on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith – 10 years ago. Reactions to the film have swayed from one pole to the other, but what is in no doubt is that in the last 10 years the pair have transcended from attractive movie ... More

5 Reasons Why Winter favours the suit wearer

There’s no denying that the summer has its merits, but for the suit aficionado winter is undoubtedly the best season. Here’s why: You get to wear a waistcoat – all the time! I’ve written about my passion for waistcoats before. They look amazing, they are extremely slimming and they add a layer of warmth – just where the ... More

The History of the Cufflink

Although historians have observed the presence of cufflinks in ancient Egyptian paintings, the cufflink as we know it dates back to the 17th century, before which time sleeves were buttoned or tied at the wrist in bows. When they first emerged they were exclusively worn by the aristocracy and were predominantly made from gold and adorned by ... More

Why were Daniel Craig’s suits so ill-fitting in Spectre?

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Our unbeatable overcoat offer is back!

Sorry - this offer is no longer available. This time of year means many things to many people. To some it’s Halloween, Guy Fawkes or Thanksgiving, but to the sartorially minded it means just one thing – the King & Allen Overcoat Offer… New customers may be unaware of this, but we care about your warmth (and your wallets) ... More

“No Mr Bond, I expect you to die!” – analysing the relationship between Daniel Craig’s hair colour and the suits he wears as Bond

In his private life Craig rarely wears a suit, preferring smart, fitted casualwear. That is not to say, however, that he doesn’t wear suits extremely often: he’s had enough red carpet strolls and Bond junkets to last a lifetime, which is probably why it looks like he’ll be hanging up his Walther PPK after Spectre. Whether he’s ... More

A Short History of the Dinner Suit

It is an intriguing reflection of our times that the dinner suit, currently the most formal of two-piece suits, was originally the least formal form of attire in a man’s wardrobe. Indeed, it was conceived as a casual alternative to evening dress, for smaller, more relaxed engagements and still to this day is very much seen as an ... More

Button Tab Side Adjusters on Bespoke Trousers

Why should you invest in 2nd trousers?

Before we start this list, it’s important to bear in mind that a well-kept jacket can last a lifetime. For trousers this is much more of a challenge. There are three reasons why it’s highly recommended that you invest in a second pair of trousers for your suit: Wear and tear. The natural toing and froing of the male thigh does no ... More

Famous Dandies through the Ages

This month at King & Allen we’re focusing on ‘Dandyism’ – specifically on how the etymology of the word has dramatically changed over the centuries. From the relatively conservative (but painstakingly attentive) understated elegance of Beau Brummell to the modern day peacock Andre 3000, we take a look at our favourite Dandies from ... More

What is the true definition of a Dandy?

From its origins in early 19c regency England to present day pop stars like Kanye West, the word ‘dandy’ has been bandied around with equal parts respect and derision. However, fashion historians would argue that much of the negativity stems from ignorance of the true meaning of what it is to be ‘dandy’: “Contrary to what many ... More