Icon of the Month – Sam Smith

English singer-songwriter Sam Smith has had an incredible year. Last week alone the 22 year old scooped up all four of the MOBOs he was nominated for and the Q award for best newcomer, and with the Grammys and the Brits fast approaching he’ll no doubt be placing more strain on his trophy shelf in the near future. His style is ... More

Jason Manford’s Guide to Dressing for a Wedding

Recently the stand-up comedian Jason Mansford posted a rather funny homage to the life cycle of a wedding suit on his Facebook page. We thought we’d share it with you. Here’s Jason’s post: When trying on a wedding suit in a changing room you have to prepare it for all the evening's eventualities!     &... More

The History of the Suit Jacket

Practical, comfortable, smart and flattering, no other garment has impacted menswear quite like the humble suit jacket. In the following article we trace the steps of this hugely important garment, from the work attire of 15th century peasant farmers to the two buttoned, single breasted style icon that hangs in your wardrobe… The jacket ... More

Trousers – Do’s & Don’ts

  1. Length. This is probably the easiest rule to follow yet the most commonly ignored. With your shoes off, the back of the trouser should drop straight to the ground without a crease. The result should be a single break at the front. If you have more than one break, speak to your tailor about a ‘cavalry cut’ – where the ... More

Overcoat Season is here again

The weather has turned, the nights are drawing in, and October will soon be upon us. It’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to protect yourself (and your suits!) from the elements this winter. Thankfully, overcoats have never come in more styles, cloths and colours than they do today and thanks to a change in overcoat fashion ... More

Icon of the Month – Jude Law

Jude Law first came to the attention of King & Allen in The Talented Mr Ripley – in which his character Dickie Greenleaf wears some of the best ‘Riviera Style’ ever committed to celluloid. Since then he has gone on to play a number of dapper roles including Alfie Elkins (Alfie), Dr. Watson (Sherlock Holmes) and most recently in the ... More

Accessories – the magic number

Pocket squares, tie pins, collar bars, cravats, tie bars… suit accessories have never been more popular. And understandably so: a well-chosen blend of accessories can turn a standard suit into a sartorial masterpiece. But if you take it too far you’re trying too hard and you could ruin all that effort. The crucial thing is to strike a ... More

Myth busting – The truth about the ‘Super’ number

The ‘Super’ rating on cloth refers to the width of the fibre in microns. It is therefore an indicator (but by no means a measure) of quality and performance. The finer the wool is spun the thinner it is in microns and the higher the Super number – indicating that it will feel very soft. However, the high number also indicates that the ... More

Icon of the Month – Idris Elba

Idris Elba deserves Icon status on the strength of this photograph alone. At 6ft, 3” he pulls of this double breasted suit perfectly, reaffirming what we’ve said many times before in The Stitch – that if you’re tall and well built a double breasted suit is definitely worth considering. As well as an actor, he’s also a (proper) ... More

To button or not to button…

It’s the tailoring dilemma that just won’t go away. Below are some hard and fast rules – and some rules that can be bent – regarding when a button should be done up. Jackets Single Breasted: Never do up the bottom front button of a single breasted jacket: especially if it’s bespoke. We aim to create a silhouette on the ... More