David Bowie's Incredible Suit Collection

Icon of the Month – David Bowie

"I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human" — David Bowie. David Bowie was the first person ever to be Icon of the Month (October 2010) which is testament to how highly his style is regarded by the King & Allen team. We would never usually repeat an Icon, but we felt it was fitting to pay our respects to a man who ... More

Predicting the future of tailoring

Style Predictions 2016. Part 1

Now in its 5th year, the King & Allen style predictions have become as much of a January fixture as failed diets and feigned sobriety. Sometimes we get it right (we predicted waistcoats and slimmer trousers back in 2009), and sometimes we get it horribly wrong (2015’s floral explosion never quite happened!), but either way it’s always ... More

King & Allen Bespoke Wedding Dinner Suit

How to Choose Your Wedding Suit

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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

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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“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

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

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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