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

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

Icon of the Month – Roger Federer

Roger Federer played in his 10th Wimbledon final on Sunday - more than any player (he won 7 of them) - so it seems highly appropriate that he should be King & Allen’s Icon Of the Month for July 2015… As well as one of the world’s most successful living sportsmen (earning more from endorsements than anyone else - $58m), Federer is ... More

Icon of the Month – Tom Hardy

As the star of Mad Max: Fury Road , Tom Hardy is Hollywood’s man of the moment. What makes him so beguiling as an actor is his volatility, and if the rumours are true his wild man persona on film is merely an extension of his real world self. But in a movie world brimming with polite, charming English actors, it’s this sense of danger ... More

3 Peas in a Pod

With everything else about them under such close scrutiny over the last few weeks, it seems appropriate to take a look at the ‘style’ of the three opponents as well. In an election which was heavily criticised for its middle-of-the-road policies and lack of hard-line opinion, one could easily argue that the sartorial decisions of ... More

Icon of the Month VE Day 70th Anniversary special – Winston Churchill

As well as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill lead an extremely eclectic life. He was a painter, a historian, a bricklayer, a prisoner of war, and a nobel prize laureate. He was also a champagne connoisseur and fashion icon – conceiving and popularising the ‘Siren Suit’ – a zip-up ‘onesie’, to be worn when seeking shelter during ... More

King & Allen celebrate – The Suits of Mad Men

As the TV phenomenon that is Mad Men airs it’s final episode this spring, it seems appropriate that K&A takes a moment to honour the show that has brought us a host of style icons – from the Prince of Wales checked, double breasted Roger Stirling to the royal blue two-pieces of young upstart Pete Campbell, Mad Men inspired a raising ... 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