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11 June 2016

An Interview with Jack Parris – Winner of K&A Photo Competition 2016

Meet Jack Parris: the lucky winner of a bespoke King & Allen suit! Readers, meet Jack Parris – the winner of this year’s King & Allen photo competition. His fantastic entry to the competition was a firm favourite with our facebook followers and ended up winning him a brand new suit! Today, we’re catching up with Jack to see how he got on with his second bespoke suit (of many, we’re sure!)

King & Allen News
08 June 2016

Icon of the Month – Paul Weller

For over 40 years, Paul Weller has encapsulated the marriage between style and music. Having formed two of the most influential bands of their respective eras – The Jam (1976-1982) and The Style Council (1983-1989), he went out on his own and last year released his 12th solo album.

Celebrity Style
01 June 2016

King & Allen in the Vogue 100 Exhibition

It was a huge honour for King & Allen to be included in the Vogue 100 exhibition this month at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition celebrated 100 years of Vogue magazine, showcasing the incredible range of photography featured in the magazine since it was founded in 1916. Featuring over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archives, this is the first time they have ever been exhibited together.

King & Allen News Press
05 May 2016

What does ‘Worsted’ mean?

Gorge, melton, baste, handle, pitch, twill… the world of bespoke tailoring is blessed with a rich and expressive vocabulary. Many of the terms are as old as the industry itself, and are seldom used outside the world of suiting. As a result they can be confusing, ambiguous or even misleading, and over the years this blog has sought to ease the reader gently into this brave old world.

Style Tips & Advice
22 April 2016

The Life and Style of Prince – The Last Dandy Megastar

From the naked androgyny of his eponymous 1979 album, to his emotional last appearance in Atlanta last week, Prince Rogers Nelson set his own path in both style and music. To understand how and why he achieved such a unique journey, it’s important to understand a little about his relationships with two key factors in his life: god and sex.

Celebrity Style
24 March 2016

Why injecting colour into your suit style could make you happier (and richer!)

Wearing a splash of colour with your suit could get you a promotion, a pay rise and make you happier, according to a study of 2000 British workers. The study produced a number of interesting statistics:

Style Tips & Advice
24 March 2016

Icon of the Month – Leonardo DiCaprio

It has been a long time coming, but Leonardo DiCaprio finally got the award he’s been waiting for all these years… King & Allen Icon of the Month!

Celebrity Style
24 March 2016

K&A Suit Photo Competition – we have a winner!

Last month we invited you to send in a photo of you in your K&A suit for a chance to win £700 to spend in store. There were a huge amount of entries, so it was a genuine challenge to shortlist our favourite 6 which were then voted for by the Facebook community. The competition garnered a huge amount of attention, with over 800 votes cast. But in the end, there could only be one winner, with a very impressive 321 votes… Congratulations to Jack Parris – we look forward to making you a new suit!

King & Allen News
24 March 2016

We made Iron Maiden’s drummer a dinner suit – and he trashed it immediately…

King & Allen was invited to attend an exhibition of the works, at Grace of Belgravia in London.

Celebrity Style Press
23 March 2016

King & Allen groom Colin and his wife, Steph, travelled to New York for their non-traditional, elopement wedding in Central Park.

King & Allen groom Colin and his wife, Steph, travelled to New York for their non-traditional, elopement wedding in Central Park.

King & Allen News
24 February 2016

Style Predictions 2016, Part 2

On the blog last month we gave you Part 1 of our annual Style Predictions. As you yourself may have predicted, here is part 2!

Style Tips & Advice
24 February 2016

Icon of the Month – Derek Zoolander

Derek Zoolander: model, actor, philanthropist, but not an ambi-turner. In a lovely case of life imitating art, imitating life, the film’s costume designer, Leesa Evans, has confessed that most of the clothes worn by the film’s protagonists are existing pieces – or adapted from existing pieces – by designers such as Valentino, Kenzo and Yves Saint Laurent. But what about the man himself? It’s difficult to comment on the style of a man who has never dressed himself, but his suits certainly are… eclectic. Often in The Stitch we like to offer advice for the King & Allen suit wearer on what we can learn from our chosen Icon. This month’s takeaway should probably be: don’t let anyone else dress you!

Celebrity Style
23 January 2016

Icon of the Month – David Bowie

David Bowie was the first person ever to be Icon of the Month (October 2010) which is testament to how highly his style is regarded by the King & Allen team. We would never usually repeat an Icon, but we felt it was fitting to pay our respects to a man who made such a positive impact on our industry.

Celebrity Style
20 January 2016

Icon(s) of the Month: The London Fashion Week Men’s Ambassadors 2017

If you’re a regular reader of the King & Allen Journal, you will know that every month we award a particularly well-dressed fellow the title of “Icon of the Month“. This month, we are mixing it up by crowning a whole group of people the title: namely, the ambassadors for London Fashion Week Men’s.

Celebrity Style
18 January 2016

Style Predictions 2016. Part 1

Now in its 5th year, the King & Allen style predictions have become as much of a January fixture as failed diets and feigned sobriety. Sometimes we get it right (we predicted waistcoats and slimmer trousers back in 2009), and sometimes we get it horribly wrong (2015’s floral explosion never quite happened!), but either way it’s always worth having a think about what the menswear world might be doing before you make your first suit purchase of the year…

Style Tips & Advice
05 January 2016

How to Choose Your Wedding Suit

Are you nervous about how to choose your wedding suit? You are not alone. Choosing your wedding suit is a big decision! Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life where all eyes will be on you and your future spouse. Understandably, you want to look at your very best.

Style Tips & Advice
17 November 2015

Icon of the Month – Brad Pitt

This month sees the release of By the Sea, the first film Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have starred in together since they met on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith – 10 years ago. Reactions to the film have swayed from one pole to the other, but what is in no doubt is that in the last 10 years the pair have transcended from attractive movie stars to cultural icons. From his cameo in True Romance, through the Oceans trilogy and up to and including Fury, Pitt has maintained a flawless image – the human personification of ‘effortlessly cool’.

Celebrity Style
17 November 2015

The History of the Cufflink

Although historians have observed the presence of cufflinks in ancient Egyptian paintings, the cufflink as we know it dates back to the 17th century, before which time sleeves were buttoned or tied at the wrist in bows. When they first emerged they were exclusively worn by the aristocracy and were predominantly made from gold and adorned by gem stones. Interestingly, they were often gifted – just as they are today.

Style History
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