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

Breaking down borders…

Last month we touched on some of the wide range of options available in the design of a bespoke suit. This month we are focussing on borders… Adding a special finish to the edge of the suit – such as piping… a contrast collar…   A contrast jet pocket or lapel… All the above can make a make a significant ... More

Cloth, Construction and Colour – The 3 C’s that will keep you cool this summer.

You don’t need us to point out that May had some scorchingly hot days. If you’re a commuter, or you got married, you could probably recount each and every one of them – for polar opposite reasons! It’s not too late to prepare for the summer heat, and below is the King & Allen guide to the 3 C’s that will stop you sizzling ... More

Style Options – Getting the details right

Beware of the man who won't be bothered with details - William Feather (1908 - 1976) Last month we offered tips on how to best to accessorise a suit. This month we’re focusing on the details which really count – the style options. Part of the pleasure of ordering a bespoke suit is the opportunity that arises to add a touch of ... More

Style advice for 2014 – Accessories

This year we are seeing a return to classic British style, with gentlemen dressing like gentlemen.  The conservative formality of the recession is dwindling and men’s style is starting to show a little flare once again.  We explored this topic earlier in the year with regard to the suits when we looked at the rise in popularity of ... More

Wedding Advice – 7 Tips on dressing up a work suit to wear to a wedding

Add a pocket square – it will instantly brighten up any suit. Mix and match – Try mixing trousers, waistcoats and jackets from different suits E.g a light grey suit with a dark grey waistcoat. Or grey trousers and a navy blue jacket. Add a flower to your boutonniere. We featured these on Twitter this month and thought they ... More