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My journey began in Primrose Hill, at the beautiful house of one of London’s true modern dandies – Guy Hills. Guy runs a very unique cloth company – Dashing Tweeds. The house is a true reflection of the brand – the lounge was adorned with beautiful furniture upholstered in his cloths and downstairs was a recently built penny farthing bicycle, next to a cardboard box full of ‘Dashing Tweeds’ hand-made flat caps and customized Converse All Stars. Next to that: rolls and rolls of the most innovative and creative cloth designs I had ever seen. One particular cloth stood out to me, and I had made up my mind before I left the house.Style Tips & Advice
Just because the temperature is rising there is no need to lower your sartorial standards. Follow my 5 tips below and you can look and feel your best whether it’s on the sweltering commute to work or a wedding on a hot summer’s day.Style Tips & Advice Accessories
Just like so many of our customers, we decided to start 2012 by smartening our appearance… we want to make a good impression after all!King & Allen News
Do you have an old suit at the back of your wardrobe that you no longer wear? It might be one that you’ve bought off-the-peg or even an old bespoke suit.
It has been a hot couple of weeks. With temperatures consistently soaring to nearly 30 degrees, men across the country have been sweating through their shirts, whilst attempting to get on with business as usual.
As with so much in life: drinking, eating, staying up late… it’s all about balance. Looking fantastic in a suit when you’re small and a little overweight is no exception.
Before the finishing process, cloth is usually hard, unworkable and unpleasant to touch. ‘Finishing’ is what gives a cloth its handle and drape – its two most significant characteristics.
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 subtle in our approach.
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 piece would be unacceptable at a wedding, it’s just that it would be clear to most of the guests that you’re wearing a work suit – which would show a lack of care and attention. Even simple accessories such as a pocket square or waistcoat would have stood out a few years ago. Now they are the norm.
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 vast majority of bespoke suits are made from wool. Wool is comfortable, hardwearing and hangs well on the body, which we explored in our feature on sheep last month. However, there are plenty of other cloths worth considering if you’re looking to expand your tailored suit wardrobe.
Wedding Advice – 7 Tips on dressing up a work suit to wear to a wedding
In our constant quest to offer our customers even more choice, this month we have introduced the King & Allen Fabric Pledge: We pledge to use our knowledge and the contacts we have at our extensive collection of cloth merchants to find the fabric that you want.King & Allen News