Alternatives to Wool

The vast majority of bespoke suits are made from wool. Wool is comfortable, hardwearing and hangs well on the body, which we explored in our feature on sheep last month. However, there are plenty of other cloths worth considering if you’re looking to expand your tailored suit wardrobe. Here are our four of our favourites: Cotton. ... More

King & Allen salute… the Merino Sheep

There are 1.1 billion sheep in the world, but only 3% (36 million) are the genuine Merino ram and ewe cross – the thoroughbreds if you will. Consider that these sheep can only be shorn once a year and it soon becomes clear why good quality merino wool is such a rare 'delicacy'. But what makes these sheep so special? The merino differs ... More

K&A Suit Style Predictions for 2014 – Part II: Cloth & Colour

  Continuing from last week's article on Cut and Style, below are the King & Allen 2014 style predictions for Cloth & Colour: Milled finish / flannel cloths Over the last ten years it has been interesting to observe how the popularity of milled finished cloths have waxed and waned. Only a few years ago, a clean cut, ... More

We have a NEW range – Introducing… Golf Extreme!

As a result of an increasing trend in Italy for bold patterns and tartans, our favourite cloth-maker Holland & Sherry have created a new line to match the demand. And if tailoring history has taught us anything it’s that a trend that starts in Italy will inevitably end up huge in the UK: peak lapels, slanted pockets, cool wools etc… - ... More

Improve the performance of your suit with Aquarret™ technology.

King & Allen customers can rest assured that their suits are stitched to such a high standard that if they look after them and rotate them regularly they will last a number of years. But what if something goes wrong? A coffee/red wine spill could ruin a suit completely. A considerable amount of time, money and energy (from both you and ... More

The King & Allen Fabric Pledge

In our constant quest to offer our customers even more choice, this month we have introduced the King & Allen Fabric Pledge: We pledge to use our knowledge and the contacts we have at our extensive collection of cloth merchants to find the fabric that you want. So if you have a specific cloth in mind and, after looking through ... More

Bespoke Tweed Check Double Breasted Jacket

What does a bespoke tailor wear to his own wedding? Part 2

My journey began in Primrose Hill, at the beautiful house of one of London’s true modern dandies – Guy Hills. Guy runs a very unique cloth company – Dashing Tweeds. The house is a true reflection of the brand - the lounge was adorned with beautiful furniture upholstered in his cloths and downstairs was a recently built penny farthing ... More

Focus on: Linen Suits

As Summer approaches more customers are asking about lightweight suits and linen suits in particular. Finding a linen suit off the peg is not easy: choice is minimal and quality varies considerably. To help you in your research, below are our Top 5 tips for choosing the perfect linen suit. Or if you would like some useful advice direct ... More

Spotlight on… summer cloths

As I mentioned in last week’s post, there are 5 ways to keep cool in your suit this summer. The most significant factor, however, will always be the cloth you choose, and that’s what I’d like to focus on today. When tailor’s talk about cloth they will usually talk in ounces per square yard (this industry is hundreds of years old ... More