20
Aug

The ‘Super’ rating on cloth refers to the width of the fibre in microns. It is therefore an indicator (but by no means a measure) of quality and performance. The finer the wool is spun the thinner it is in microns and the higher the Super number – indicating that it will feel very soft. … Read More »

20
Aug

Icon of the Month – Idris Elba

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Idris Elba deserves Icon status on the strength of this photograph alone. At 6ft, 3” he pulls of this double breasted suit perfectly, reaffirming what we’ve said many times before in The Stitch – that if you’re tall and well built a double breasted suit is definitely worth considering. As well as an actor, he’s … Read More »

20
Aug

To button or not to button…

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It’s the tailoring dilemma that just won’t go away. Below are some hard and fast rules – and some rules that can be bent – regarding when a button should be done up. Jackets Single Breasted: Never do up the bottom front button of a single breasted jacket: especially if it’s bespoke. We aim to … Read More »

20
Aug

The K&A Guide to Suit Maintenance

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Use a good hanger The King & Allen hanger is now in its 10th year of development and we’re still improving the design – so that it gives structure to the suit and prevents a crease forming on the trouser – whilst not taking up too much space in your wardrobe. The support a good … Read More »

22
Jul

Take a tour of our latest showrooms

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The wonders of modern technology! Thanks to the clever folks at Google you can now take a full tour of our Liverpool Street and Amersham showrooms from the comfort of your computer! So if you haven’t been to our latest two stores recently, or if you live too far away to visit them, now’s your … Read More »

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 »

22
Jul

King & Allen have always kept a close eye on the development of mens summer style – in particular through the sporting social calendar – and it’s been great to watch how the gentleman guests have embraced the dress code with increased relish over the years. This year’s Henley Regatta, in particular, was an opportunity … 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

Breaking down borders…

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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 »