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28 March 2019

Ditch The Dress

On the 29th March 2014, the UK saw its first same-sex marriages take place. It was a landmark moment in the history of LGBTQ+ rights and the weddings themselves were a testament to love in all its forms. Five years on from this historical milestone, we look at how the wedding industry has changed and how we, at King & Allen have seen our business grow in exciting and unexpected ways, particularly in our provision of bridal suits for women.

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26 March 2019

Karl and Daniel: Celebrating Ten Years of Tailoring in Wilmslow

As King & Allen’s Cheshire branch celebrates its 10th anniversary, we talk to two members of staff who have been there since the very beginning: store manager Karl, a firm customer favourite, and tailor Daniel, for whom suit-making is in the blood.

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08 March 2019

A History of Women's Tailoring: Part Three

As we continue our celebration of women’s tailoring this month, we move on from how suits evolved through history to what’s hot now

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05 March 2019

A History of Women's Tailoring: Part Two

In part two of King & Allen’s celebration of women’s tailoring, we continue our romp through the 20th century, highlighting the key suiting styles, as well as the people and events that had the greatest influence on them. Beginning with the austerity of World War II, we chart the rise of women’s liberation, and hemlines, in the sixties, through the excesses of the power-dressing eighties to the dawning of the new, 21st century.

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01 March 2019

A History of Women's Tailoring - Part One

2019 is set to become the year for women’s suits – with everyone from the Duchess of Sussex, to Lady Gaga to Amy Poehler seen out and about in some sharp tailoring. While online searches are up 87% year on year, here at King & Allen we have seen our sales of women’s suits triple in the last year.

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07 February 2019

I Just Called to Say I Suit You

With Valentine’s day coming up, we thought we’d treat you to the very best romantic tailoring terms (and we promise we’ve kept it clean!)

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02 February 2019

Back to Work Blues

January can be a difficult time of year for some; going back to work after the Christmas break, finding you’ve put on a few festive pounds and the grey, cold days that seem to stretch on forever. We at King & Allen, however, are eternal optimists and this year, we’ve decided to lean into the ‘blues.’ Read on to find out why we have such a zeal for teal!

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31 October 2018

Suits that Shocked

Halloween may be just around the corner but dressing to shock doesn’t have to be confined to fright night. Indeed, nothing leaves a lasting impression like an outfit that courts controversy, which got us thinking about our favourite ‘suits’ that sparked outrage. Here are our six all-star sartorial shockers.

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09 October 2018

The History of the Button

In our fast-paced, modern lives, where trends come and go overnight, we can often take for granted the most fundamental of things. At King & Allen, we are huge fans of tiny details and believe that we should pay them the homage they deserve. With that in mind, we thought we’d delve into the history of the unsung hero of any bespoke suit: the button.

Style History
17 August 2018

What is Sprezzatura?

As John Galliano once said: ‘The joy of dressing is an art.’ Here at King & Allen, we believe that the perfect suit is an art form and one that can keep inspiring the wearer for many years. The classic suit will never go out of style but what if you wanted to change things up? What if you wanted to start your own dapper rebellion? Allow us to introduce you to…

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09 July 2018

The History of the Necktie

As with so many fashions across the centuries, the necktie has its roots in military history. Evidence of the tie as military uniform dates back as far as 210BC and China’s first emperor – Qin Shih Huang

Style History
05 July 2018

How To Wear A Suit Like A Peaky Blinder

As any fan of the BAFTA-award-winning BBC series Peaky Blinders knows, the Shelby brothers can always be relied upon to look sharp while going about their business – illicit or otherwise. The look is a larger-than-life interpretation of a typical 1920s working man’s dress and in the Shelby world what you wear says as much about your place in the local pecking order as your actions.

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28 June 2018

The Pink Suit

La Vie En Rose… 4 Reasons Why You Should Be Tickled Pink This Summer

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04 June 2018

A Brief History of the Wedding Suit

Tradition is a funny thing. Adhere to it too strictly and you’re branded as fusty and boring. Go too far the other way and people will say you’re foolishly modish and, even worse, an insufferable hipster (perish the thought).

Style History
01 March 2018

The History of the Sports Jacket

At King & Allen, we love exceptional tailoring in all its forms. Even the laid-back, casual elegance of the sports jacket. But what exactly is a sports jacket and how can you add it to your sartorial retinue?

Style History
06 February 2018

The politics of clothing. Suffragettes, suits and solidarity.

On 6 February 1918, more than eight million women won the right to vote, thanks to the introduction of the Representation of the People Act. It would be another decade before all women and men could have their say (another five million men were given the vote under the 1918 act), but it was a significant step forward, not least for the suffragette movement, who had campaigned for more than a decade.

Style History
08 November 2017

Paddington Bear. An Unlikely Style Icon

Our favourite gentlemanly bear is back and framed for theft in the new sequel to the 2014 film, Paddington. Inspired by the stories written by Michael Bond, this film has been well received by critics and looks set to be a success.

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01 November 2017

The History of the Overcoat: From the Military to 20th Century Subculture

The clocks went back this weekend, marking the official end of British summertime. It’s a time of year that many style enthusiasts eagerly anticipate, not just because of that extra hour in bed, but because of the endless sartorial opportunities that cooler weather presents.

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