King & Allen explains: “The Finishing Process: Handle & Drape”

Before the finishing process, cloth is usually hard, unworkable and unpleasant to touch. ‘Finishing’ is what gives a cloth its handle and drape – its two most significant characteristics. Handle is how the fabric feels to the touch. Is it smooth or rough? Soft or hard? There are various ways to test a cloth’s handle such as ... 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

Suits to wear to a wedding

Why it’s no longer socially acceptable to wear a work suit at a wedding

Men’s wedding suit style has seen a dramatic shift in the last few years. It used to be that a man was applauded for making an effort to look good at a wedding. Now, with our attitudes towards suits, grooming and mens style far more modernised, a well-tailored lounge suit is expected. It’s not that a charcoal grey or midnight blue two ... 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

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

The K&A Guide to bespoke shirts…

Hopefully you’ll be taking advantage of our fantastic summer offer, which means that in the near future you’ll be enjoying the process of choosing a bespoke shirt (for free!). As with suits, there are a number of choices you’ll need to make – which is of course part of the fun! It goes without saying that you’ll have a ... More

Summer Separates

Summer events (especially weddings abroad) are becoming increasingly casual. This is actually quite a challenge for the male guests – how to respect the formality of the occasion without looking too business-like and/or getting too hot. The answer is what we’re calling ‘Summer Separates’ – mixing a suit jacket with more ... More

The King & Allen Guide to: Vegan Suits

A vegan suit is constructed in a way that does not use any animal products, meaning that the following must be avoided: Outer cloth: wool (sheep), mohair (goat), silk (silkworm). Inner components: silk lining (silkworm), horsehair canvas (horse), wool melton (sheep), horn buttons (deer antlers), mother of pearl buttons (nacre) ... More

Summer Suit Style Inspiration

Whilst the winter months lend themselves better to the darker hues of blue, grey and black, the summer allows the opportunity to try something a little different. Get inspired with these bold, colourful ideas to improve your summer style:   1. Bold Check - Not ready for a full check suit yet? Why not start to work it into your ... More

Icon of the Month – Eddie Redmayne

Like previous King & Allen icons Benedict Cumberbach or Idris Elba, Eddie Redmayne is one of those talented young British actors who it’s impossible not to like. He shot to super-stardom in Les Miserables and hasn’t put a foot wrong since, showing his real acting meat playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything – for which ... More