22
Jul

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 Seafield estate is based in the valley of Glenurguhart in … Read More »

21
Jul

It’s interesting to note that the ‘best dressed Englishman of all time’ was also one of the most decadent and controversial. Coincidence? Unlikely… From the playboy antics to the nazi sympathy and bisexuality rumours, the Duke of Windsor was never far from the headlines. Like him or loath him, no one can deny that he … Read More »

21
Jul

Last month we touched on some of the wide range of options available in the design of a bespoke suit. This month we are focussing on borders… Adding a special finish to the edge of the suit – such as piping… a contrast collar…   A contrast jet pocket or lapel… All the above can … Read More »

02
Jun

One of our favourite smaller stories of this month was about a man called Tomeu L’Amo who spent 25 years proving that an artwork he bought in an antiques store for €150 was a Salvadore Dali original. Dali’s dressing style was almost as original, flamboyant and creative as his art. As well as his trademark … Read More »

02
Jun

You don’t need us to point out that May had some scorchingly hot days. If you’re a commuter, or you got married, you could probably recount each and every one of them – for polar opposite reasons! It’s not too late to prepare for the summer heat, and below is the King & Allen guide … Read More »

02
Jun

Style Options – Getting the details right

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Beware of the man who won’t be bothered with details – William Feather (1908 – 1976) Last month we offered tips on how to best to accessorise a suit. This month we’re focusing on the details which really count – the style options. Part of the pleasure of ordering a bespoke suit is the opportunity … Read More »

02
Jun

Suit Up Ladies….

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This week’s guest blogger is Mary-Cait Bristow, who works as a tailoring consultant in our Wilmslow store. She is going to share some insights into a subject close to her heart – ladies suits… The androgynous style for women has been gracing our trend books for decades. Whether it is the power suit of the … Read More »

23
Apr

A review of the suits on SUITS

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This week we have a guest blogger – Tulani Tubi – who is a K&A consultant based at our Liverpool Street showroom. Watching the TV show Suits these past few months has become an obsession of mine. Not only is the show extremely funny and intriguing, but also it’s the styling of the characters that … Read More »

23
Apr

A Brief History of Trousers

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The first recorded reports of trousers were made by 6th century BC Greek geographers, noting the appearance of Persian, Eastern and Central Asian horse riders. It makes sense that the protection and comfort they provided from extended periods on horseback would make trousers an extremely practical choice. But the Ancient Greeks snubbed the garment, finding … Read More »

11
Apr

Style advice for 2014 – Accessories

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This year we are seeing a return to classic British style, with gentlemen dressing like gentlemen.  The conservative formality of the recession is dwindling and men’s style is starting to show a little flare once again.  We explored this topic earlier in the year with regard to the suits when we looked at the rise … Read More »