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

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

Icon of the Month: George ‘Beau’ Brummel, 1778-1840

Beau Brummel’s infamy has very little to do with clothes. His story is of a young man born into a middle class family who was able to elevate his social status to become one of the most powerful men in England – purely off the back of his charm, his talent, his wit and, for want of a better word, his cool. Contrary to our modern interpr... More

Customer question: what’s the difference between a suit jacket and a blazer/sports jacket?

The origins of the sports jacket were, as you would imagine, forged in upper class outdoor pursuits. The ‘sporting’ gent required a jacket that could survive the rough and tumble of excessive hunting, fishing and swigging from hip flasks. It often had a belt and buckle around the middle as well as elbow patches for comfort and ... More

Discussion: The ‘Slobification’ of society

In an impassioned rant in the New York Post last week, writer Elisabeth Vincentelli berated the ‘slobification’ of modern society. The article caused a torrent of debate about whether people should be entitled to wear what they like to, for example, the theatre, or whether they should follow some sort of dress code. We engaged in ... More

Icon of the Month – Shia Laboeuf

Never far from controversy, the volatile but hugely talented Hollywood actor was in the papers again this month – accused (again) of plagiarism. Regardless of his bizarre antics, no one can deny that Shia LaBeouf has great style. Indeed, this is not his first appearance in The Stitch (he appeared as a relative unknown next to Michael ... More