Fit for a king

Fit for a king
Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Secret Service.

"The suit is a modern gentleman's armour."

That quote from Colin Firth's character in Kingsman: The Secret Service couldn't be more tailor-made for director Matthew Vaughn's latest spy caper.

Currently showing here, Vaughn's stylish film stars Firth and newcomer Taron Egerton and is about a group of exceedingly dapper British secret agents who use a Savile Row tailor shop as a front.

Besides focusing on a group of recruits training to become top-notch spies, it also pays much attention to their personal grooming.

So it's no surprise that the 43-year-old British film-maker teamed up with his Kingsman costume designer Arianne Phillips and luxury e-tailer Mr Porter to create a bespoke collection crafted in Britain by heritage manufacturers such as Bremont (timepieces), Mackintosh (outerwear), Turnbull & Asser (shirting), Drake's (ties and pocket squares) and George Cleverley (footwear).

The 60-piece collection includes upscale men's suits, watches, ties, umbrellas and briefcases and is available for sale on Mr Porter (www.mrporter.com), the menswear counterpart of upscale e-tailer Net-a-Porter (www.net-a-porter.com).

It even made a splash at London Fashion Week last month as part of the Mr Porter Autumn/Winter 2015 collection during London Collections: Men, the four-day showcase of men's fashion.

Be prepared, though - becoming a Kingsman will cost you. The double-breasted suit Firth wears in the film is £1,333 (S$2,792). Here are other dandy creations from the movie...

KINGSMAN CHARCOAL DOUBLE-BREASTED CHALK-STRIPED SUIT (£1,333)

Paired with:

Kingsman Turnbull & Asser Blue Cotton-Twill Shirt (£162.50)

Kingsman Drake's Silk Pocket Square (£45.83)

Kingsman Drake's Silk Grenadine Tie (£100)

Kingsman Deakin & Francis Rose Gold-Plated Keyring (£79)

Kingsman George Cleverley Leather Oxford Shoes (£535)

KINGSMAN BLUE VELVET SMOKING JACKET WITH SILK-GROSGRAIN SHAWL-COLLAR (£1,115)

Paired with:

Kingsman Turnbull & Asser White Tuxedo Shirt with Pique Bib Front (£263.04)

Kingsman Deakin & Francis Rose Gold-Plated Crest Cufflinks (£289.79)

Kingsman Black Watch Tartan Wool Trousers (£441.37)

Kingsman George Cleverley Patent-Leather Oxford Shoes (£530.54)

Kingsman Swaine Adeney Brigg Chestnut Wood-Handle Umbrella (£263.04)


This article was first published on Feb 25, 2015.
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