What does ‘Worsted’ mean?

Gorge, melton, baste, handle, pitch, twill… the world of bespoke tailoring is blessed with a rich and expressive vocabulary. Many of the terms are as old as the industry itself, and are seldom used outside the world of suiting. As a result they can be confusing, ambiguous or even misleading, and over the years this blog has sought to ease ... More

King & Allen Purple Mohair Mod Coat

The King & Allen Spring / Summer Collection – 2016

In previous collections we have made every effort to push the boundaries of what’s possible in tailoring, often using the most avant garde cloths and designs - with a view to showcasing the latest styles from the the men’s fashion weeks of Paris. Milan, New York and of course London. For this season, however, we have been a little ... 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

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

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

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