The Suits from ‘Kingsman’

January 2015 saw the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service – an action/comedy film based on a fictional bespoke tailor on Savile Row called Kingsman (strong first syllable!) that secretly houses the headquarters of an elite spy force.

The story was inspired by director Matthew Vaughn’s own experiences of buying a bespoke suit on Savile Row, during which he daydreamed about pulling on a hook on one of the walls and it opening a secret door.

The heritage of the English gentleman spy extends way beyond Bond – to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (also staring Colin Firth), The Ipcress File (also starring Michael Caine!), The Avengers and The Saint. By focusing his plot on the quintessentially sartorial super-sleuth, Vaughn has seen an excellent opportunity to outfit his cast in some extremely sharp suits.

Kingsman Tailoring

What has most impressed us, here at King & Allen, is Vaughn’s insistence that the cast are decked in double breasted suits  throughout the film – when the single breasted option is so much more popular (in the off-the-peg world, at least). Vaughn has pulled off this bold move with great aplomb, and as a result, the film is brimming with visual elegance.

Below, we break down a few of our favourites…

Our Favourite Suits from Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman Suits

A suit, similar to the one Colin Firth wears in the film, ‘The Kingsman,’ made by King & Allen

Kingsman Suit

The double breasted suits in the film are predominantly 6×2. Colin Firth’s suit, here, is a lovely example of a light grey worsted.

This is the most monochromatic of the suits in the film. Simple and understated; this a lovely example of a simple, conservative business suit.

To the far left is an example of a similar suit from the King & Allen collection.

Later in the film, Colin Firth’s character, Harry Hart, sports a much bolder combination: a broad self-stripe matched with a club tie.

This is a fantastic example of business power dressing – and the double breasted cut only serves to compliment the sense of boardroom armour. Note that this suit has a boutonniere (button hole) on both lapels – a lovely bespoke touch.

Next it it, you can see a similar one by King & Allen.

Suits from Kingsman
Suits from the Kingsman Film

To the left: A double breasted suit by King & Allen Bespoke Tailors, similar to the one worn by Colin Firth in the ‘Kingsman’ film

Suits from Kingsman

Onto eveningwear now, and above is a classic shawl lapel – paired with a splendid bow tie and white pocket square.

To the right is a classic dinner jacket by King & Allen, similar to the one worn by Colin Firth.

King & Allen Dinner Suit
Kingsman Suit

An actor who always cuts a dash both on and off screen is Michael Caine, and his role as the head of the Kingsmen has allowed him to really stand out.

Here is the veteran actor looking resplendent in a grey double breasted suit with yellow windowpane check.

Note the milled finish on the cloth – this is much more English way of finishing cloth.

Shakespeare once wrote “Clothes make the man” – and if a film were ever able to prove this adage it’s Kingsman.  The main protagonist of the film is ‘Eggsy’ (played by Taron Egerton) – a delinquent who Harry Hart’s character takes under his wing.

The transformation is extraordinary,with the help of a splendid chalk strip (double breasted of course), a classic club tie, a pair of glasses and an ice white pocket square.

Note the “roped sleeve head” – another nod to the traditional British bespoke suit.

Want to wear a Kingsman Suit?

King & Allen offer bespoke versions of all these suits, with no extra charge for double breasted, roped sleeve heads, double boutonnières or any of the extras you may have spotted.

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