08
Jul

Icon of the Month – Roger Federer

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Roger Federer played in his 10th Wimbledon final on Sunday – more than any player (he won 7 of them) – so it seems highly appropriate that he should be King & Allen’s Icon Of the Month for July 2015… As well as one of the world’s most successful living sportsmen (earning more from endorsements … Read More »

08
Jul

Summer Separates

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Summer events (especially weddings abroad) are becoming increasingly casual. This is actually quite a challenge for the male guests – how to respect the formality of the occasion without looking too business-like and/or getting too hot. The answer is what we’re calling ‘Summer Separates’ – mixing a suit jacket with more casual trousers. Here are … Read More »

08
Jul

The King & Allen Guide to: Vegan Suits

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A vegan suit is constructed in a way that does not use any animal products, meaning the following must be avoided: Outer cloth: wool (sheep), mohair (goat), silk (silkworm). Inner components: silk lining (silkworm), horsehair canvass (horse), wool melton (sheep), horn buttons (deer antlers), mother of pearl buttons (nacre) Considering that 99% of bespoke suits … Read More »

08
Jul

King & Allen celebrate: Linen

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History Linen is one of the first products known to civilised man, dating back 30,000 years. As well as clothing, it was used for sails, rope, fishing nets, linseed oil and even currency. Indeed, the Latin for flax (the plant from which it is extracted) is linen usitatissimum (extremely useful!). Linen is also extremely hard-wearing: … Read More »

09
Jun

Summer Suit Style Inspiration

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Whilst the winter months lend themselves better to the darker hues of blue, grey and black, the summer allows the opportunity to try something a little different. Get inspired with these bold, colourful ideas to improve your summer style:   1. Bold Check – Not ready for a full check suit yet? Why not start … Read More »

09
Jun

The History of the Necktie

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“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life” – Oscar Wilde 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. The emperor had originally wanted … Read More »

09
Jun

Icon of the Month – Tom Hardy

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As the star of Mad Max: Fury Road , Tom Hardy is Hollywood’s man of the moment. What makes him so beguiling as an actor is his volatility, and if the rumours are true his wild man persona on film is merely an extension of his real world self. But in a movie world brimming … Read More »

13
May

3 Peas in a Pod

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With everything else about them under such close scrutiny over the last few weeks, it seems appropriate to take a look at the ‘style’ of the three opponents as well. In an election which was heavily criticised for its middle-of-the-road policies and lack of hard-line opinion, one could easily argue that the sartorial decisions of … Read More »

13
May

Innovative ways to tie a tie

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To celebrate the fact that we now sell bespoke ties (in the same colour as your lining if you wish), it seemed the perfect opportunity to offer some tie advice. The four-over-hand and half-windsor are probably the only two knots in your tie tying armoury, so why not impress your friends (and yourself!) by learning … Read More »

13
May

As well as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill lead an extremely eclectic life. He was a painter, a historian, a bricklayer, a prisoner of war, and a nobel prize laureate. He was also a champagne connoisseur and fashion icon – conceiving and popularising the ‘Siren Suit’ – a zip-up ‘onesie’, to be worn when seeking shelter … Read More »