Golden Age: The Return of Kingsman Style

Posted on May 5, 2017

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Following the surprise hit that was Kingsman: The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn is returning with a sequel titled – Kingsman: The Golden Circle and the 2017 British-American action spy film is still as stylish as ever. Leaving Jason Bourne in the dust and definitely giving James Bond a run for his money, the film heralds the return of Kingsman style. As far as menswear trends and men’s style is concerned, Kingsman style follows in the best traditions of the golden age of men’s suiting, especially with regards to bespoke suits from the Row. And while the first film’s protagonist Galahad aka Harry Hart (played by Colin Firth) was a strong endorser for bespoke suits and nothing off the peg, it is my belief that as long as your body is not physically disproportionate – a well cut, well made suit with some tailored adjustments can be good enough (and economically favourable enough) to merit some consideration.

Golden Age: The Return of Kingsman Style

According to Galahad, “The suit is a modern gentleman’s armour. And the Kingsman agents are the new knights.”- no argument there on the armor part and the arm holes should definitely be cut high enough so that a Monsieur is not prone to thoughts of quick surrender. For this, we recommend the Suitsupply Madison cut double breasted suit.

Kingsman style follows in the best traditions of the golden age of men's suiting

Kingsman style follows in the best traditions of the golden age of men’s suiting

Kingsman The Armor: Madison Double Breasted Suit

Kingsman The Armor: Madison Double Breasted Suit

The Armor: Madison Double Breasted Suit

Classic meets contemporary in this dynamic grey Madison suit. Tailored to a slim fit from pure S120’s wool by Drago, this stunning double-breasted piece features half canvas construction, 6-on-2 button placement, and a bird’s eye weave for a touch of sophisticated texture – perfect Kingsman style.

A Kingsman accessory of distinction: Tom Ford Square Optical Frames

A Kingsman accessory of distinction: Tom Ford Square Optical Frames

An accessory of distinction: Tom Ford Square Optical Frames

Officially, Kingsman agents wear Cutler & Gross D-Frames but I prefer to punch up Kingsman style with Tom Ford Square acetate frames. The metal “T” temple decoration with laser engraving are a bit flashy for a debonair but understated spy but I figure once the martial arts and guns start coming out, subtle eye frames are the least of your concerns when it comes to keeping your cover.

With Santoni, a Kingsman gets all the ass-kicking security you need with the balance and grip of a fine shoe that has been exquisitely finished with a Goodyear leather sole.

With Santoni, a Kingsman gets all the ass-kicking security you need with the balance and grip of a fine shoe that has been exquisitely finished with a Goodyear leather sole.

The ultimate shoe: Santoni Double Monk Straps

I know they said, “Oxfords not brogues.” Screw those choices and embrace the classic double monk shoe or as Santoni calls them, Double Buckles. Classic charm for this double monk-strap model entirely crafted from aged leather in a nuanced blue palette. The colours fuse into a cohesive palette, adding depth to the plain upper and sleek silhouette and accentuating the silver-tone buckles. You get all the ass-kicking security you need with the balance and grip of a fine shoe that has been exquisitely finished with a Goodyear leather sole.

Kingsman style - The Weapon: Handcrafted Lockwood Oak wood umbrella with Black cotton canopy

Kingsman style – The Weapon: Handcrafted Lockwood Oak wood umbrella with Black cotton canopy

The Weapon: Handcrafted Lockwood Oak wood umbrella with Black cotton canopy

Any gentlemen needs a weapon against the elements – sturdy enough for gale force weather or impromptu fencing should the need for self defence arises. Handmade at our manufactory in North London employing centuries old techniques, Lockwood sources the finest cloth and woods from sustainably sourced woodlands from around the globe. Built for durability using a GRADE A steel frame, hand sewn reinforcements, lathe-turned brass fittings and proofed water resistant cloth. A perfect Kingsman style weapon.

A Kingsman keeps track of time with a Longines Monopusher Chronograph

A Kingsman keeps track of time with a Longines Monopusher Chronograph

The Watch: Longines Monopusher Chronograph

Officially, the Kingsman agent’s watch is a highly robust Bremont chronograph but I prefer a more classic chronograph – the Longines Monopusher Chronograph is classically styled in keeping with the golden age of Kingsman style and relatively inexpensive to boot. The Longines L788.2 is an automatic, monopoussoir (single push-piece) column-wheel chronograph caliber, the crown has an integrated pusher which starts/stop/resets the chronograph. A 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock. There is also date aperture at 6 o’clock.

Kingsman Style dinner jacket

Classic Elegance – a white shawl tux in place of Eggsys gauche orange dinner jacket.

Eveningwear and Dinner Jacket: Black Tie doesn’t have to be Black

In case you don’t yet realise, black tie doesn’t necessarily mean black jacket. As handsome as Eggsy is, an orange shawl dinner jacket is still a little too gauche for me. I prefer this sophisticated white Manhattan sublimely breaks away from convention while retaining all of the elegance. Cut from a blend of cotton and silk by Fossati, this single-button tuxedo features a widened, silk-covered shawl collar and button, silk-trimmed jetted pockets, and a natural shoulder. Top off the classic look with a white smoking shirt, black silk bow tie and black patent leather evening pumps (those blue Santoni monk straps work too). Great for Monsieurs and Kingsman.

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