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

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

The K&A Guide to Suit Maintenance

Use a good hangerThe King & Allen hanger is now in its 10th year of development and we're still improving the design – so that it gives structure to the suit and prevents a crease forming on the trouser - whilst not taking up too much space in your wardrobe. The support a good hanger provides is especially important when you come ... More

King & Allen celebrate – the Prince of Wales Check

The Prince of Wales check is named after Edward VII (not his grandson Edward VIII as many people believe). The original check was created in around 1840 by the countess of Seafield to outfit her game-keepers (who still wear the check to this day). The Seafield estate is based in the valley of Glenurguhart in Inverness-shire, Scotland ... More

King & Allen celebrates – The Henley Regatta

King & Allen have always kept a close eye on the development of mens summer style – in particular through the sporting social calendar - and it’s been great to watch how the gentleman guests have embraced the dress code with increased relish over the years. This year’s Henley Regatta, in particular, was an opportunity for the ... More

Icon of the Month – Edward VIII: The Prince Charming

It’s interesting to note that the ‘best dressed Englishman of all time’ was also one of the most decadent and controversial. Coincidence? Unlikely… From the playboy antics to the nazi sympathy and bisexuality rumours, the Duke of Windsor was never far from the headlines. Like him or loath him, no one can deny that he was a ... More