Find Out Who’s The King Of Men’s Bespoke Tailoring

5 Star Weddings speaks to Adam King of King and Allen bespoke tailors to find out exactly how the best man can be the best dressed on his wedding day.

5 Star Weddings: What are the current trends for men’s bridal fashion?

Adam King: Light grey wool cashmere blends have been popular for the past 3 years, particularly for summer weddings. However, our more sartorially-savvy clients realise they’re becoming ubiquitous, so grooms will look to navies and petrol-blue solids to set them apart from the masses. We also see a surge in classic clothes such as Herringbones, Prince of Wales, and Glen Checks. 2011 will also see a return to tradition. With the Royal wedding on everyone’s mind, I’ve no doubt we’ll see an increase in Morning coats and Frock coats.

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5 Star Weddings:  Everybody concentrates on the bride and her dress; what is your advice for the groom?

Adam King: We tell them the truth. The wedding day is all about the bride and their job is to turn up and make her look good! Nevertheless, they should be the best-dressed man at their wedding.

5 Star Weddings: What should a groom consider when picking his suit for the day?

Adam King: Firstly, what is the overall style and theme of the wedding? Is it traditional, modern, intimate, etc.? This will decide the style of the suit for them. Secondly, the groomsmen. Do they want their wedding party to be just the best man in the same or different suits for everyone?   A popular option is having the same clothes but differing styles and cuts (something that can only be achieved by going bespoke). Next on the list would be the colour of everything: from the bridesmaid dresses, flowers, ties, pocket squares, and even socks! It will all have an impact on the cloth, lining and stitching. Lastly, shoes and shirts ideally need to have been decided before the initial consultation and purchased by the first fitting.

5 Star Weddings: Which celebrity grooms have you dressed for their weddings?

Adam King: It would be most unprofessional for a bespoke tailor to publicise the names of his clients!

5 Star Weddings: Should a groom consider a different outfit depending on the day they get married?

Adam King: In short, yes. But this would only be an issue for a true ‘sartorialist’. Stick to two main rules; you can’t go wrong: sun-up morning coat, sun-down black tie or tuxedo. In reality, the modern groom is wearing contemporary suits, with the only suggestion of tradition coming as a waistcoat or cravat.

Find Out Who's The King Of Men's Bespoke Tailoring
Find Out Who’s The King Of Men’s Bespoke Tailoring

5 Star Weddings:  Morning suit, black tie or just an ordinary suit – when would grooms appropriately wear these suits?


5 Star Weddings: How long does it take for you to design and make a suit?

Adam King: The initial consultation with a client can take 30 minutes to an hour and a half. The construction takes either 3-4 or 6-8 weeks, depending on the service chosen. This is followed by the fitting process, where a client tries his suit in front of one of our tailors at least once to ensure a perfect fit (most clients have between 1 and 3 fittings). The total process can take up to 12 weeks. In short, we recommend grooms give themselves and us as much time as possible. A groom’s suit should not be a hasty decision or rushed. We always advise a groom to take his time. Getting a bespoke suit for your wedding should be an enjoyable experience and an oasis of calm amongst the guaranteed stress that organising a wedding entails.

5 Star Weddings: What do grooms get most anxious about when it comes to getting their look right for the wedding? I would say achieving the balance between form and function. A wedding suit should be 60% form and 40% function, so don’t worry if you can’t do squats in your trousers or star jumps in your jacket. But make sure you’re still comfortable. You don’t want to fidget on the aisle; this will make the bride nervous!

5 Star Weddings: Have you ever had to deal with any groomzillas?

Adam King: Naturally, we encounter some guys who are incredibly stressed and worried and juggling a thousand different problems! However, the worst groomzillas always apologise once they collect their suit.

5 Star Weddings: What, in your opinion, makes a 5 Star Wedding?

Adam King: The groom and his wedding party need to look the very example of sartorial elegance!

Seriously, the best weddings are where the guests aren’t forgotten. Things like transport between ceremony and reception, crèche for guests’ children and maybe something a bit different for the reception – the best I’ve experienced being a casino-themed evening.