MR PORTER.COM has announced a pioneering new business venture with acclaimed director Matthew Vaughn, through the creation of a new menswear label, ‘Kingsman’, inspired by his forthcoming feature film, Kingsman: The Secret Service.
The film, slated for late-January release from 20th Century Fox, stars Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine and emerging actor Taron Egerton, is based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
From Costume to Collection – The entire bespoke 60-piece Kingsman menswear collection, which features throughout the film, will launch exclusively on MR PORTER.COM in January 2015. The collection includes suiting, outerwear, shirting, knitwear and accessories made from the best of British cloth and from the best of British craftsmanship.
The original inspiration for the collection comes from sartorial details within the script – Whether it be the traditional Smoking jacket or a revitalized Siren Suit, the clothing in Kingsman: The Secret Service is as integral to the world as the cars and the gadgets. With the bespoke tailoring reflecting a renewed appreciation for classic British style, Vaughn realized he could build upon a product range that is both a distinctive part of the film and an easily translatable collection for the modern gentleman.
Vaughn and the team at MR PORTER worked closely with award-winning Costume Designer Arianne Phillips to design and create iconic pieces inspired by the Savile Row tradition, and made by the best in British production including: Bremont timepieces; Cutler & Gross eyewear; Drakes ties and pocket squares; Corgi knitwear; George Cleverley footwear; Mackintosh outerwear, Swaine Adeney Brigg bags and Turnbull & Asser shirting.
“the first thing a gentleman needs is a good suit…”
The suiting and overcoats
At the heart of the Kingsman wardrobe is a broad selection of classic British tailoring items designed to cater for the needs of the modern gentleman spy. All suiting is doublebreastedand sports jackets are single-breasted. Also included are overcoats, a tuxedo and even a velvet smoking jacket, all featuring traditionally patterned cloths woven exclusively for Kingsman by the best British mills and made in England.
The Shirt – Turnbull & Asser
Crafted by the illustrious Jermyn Street shirtmakers Turnbull & Asser, the Kingsman wardrobe comprises three shirts in cotton poplin, three in Oxford cloth and one dress shirt to be worn with studs.
The Knitwear – Corgi
Two essential pieces of knitwear feature in the Kingsman wardrobe: a chunky crew neck Geelong wool army sweater designed for operations in the field, and a cashmere cardigan that’s better suited to off-duty pursuits. Both are made by Corgi, a respected knitwear producer based in Wales.
The Outerwear – Mackintosh
The Scottish raincoat company Mackintosh has more than 150 years’ experience in keeping people dry. This waxed field jacket in Black Watch tartan is the piece that Kingsman agents turn to when the weather isn’t playing ball.
Dressing Gown And Pyjamas – Turnbull & Asser
Even secret agents have to sleep. Crafted by Jermyn Street’s Turnbull &Asser, this silk moire dressing gown and silk polka dot pyjama set ensures that a spy’s sartorial standards never slip.
The Watch – Bremont
A gentleman is never late but can always find a moment to waste. Kingsman by Bremont is assembled by hand in England, and includes two automatic chronographs: a refined rose-gold watch complete with alligator strap and an all-black model.
The Glasses – Cutler and Gross
Made by Cutler and Gross and worn in the movie by Kingsman agents Mr Colin Firth and Sir Michael Caine, these square-framed tortoiseshell acetate spectacles are standard issue eyewear. These bold frames are also available as sunglasses, for times when you need to conceal your identity.
The Shoes – George Cleverley
A true gentleman’s shoes should ensure he never steps out of line. Created by George Cleverley, one of Britain’s pre eminent makers of traditional men’s shoes, the Kingsman Collection offers just that, with an everyday black Oxford shoe, a sturdy lace-up boot, a black patent-leather dress shoe and a cashmere slipper embroidered with the Kingsman crest.
The Umbrella – Swaine Adeney Brigg
Any secret agent worth his salt understands the importance of owning a good umbrella. Handmade in England by royal warrant holder Swaine Adeney Brigg this style is fitted with a polished maple handle.
Briefcase And Wash Bag – Swaine Adeney Brigg
Whatever you’re carrying – whether it is classified documents or the morning papers – this briefcase by 250-year-old leather goods company and royal warrant holder Swaine Adeney Brigg will ensure that it gets there safely and in style. For more personal items there is also a matching wash bag.
Ties And Pocket Squares – Drake’s
As any gentleman knows, it’s the finishing touches that make an outfit. Drake’s has designed five pocket squares, eight ties and one bow tie, produced entirely by hand on Haberdasher Street in East London.
Cufflinks – Deakin & Francis
These rose-gold cufflinks provide an elegant finishing touch to a gentleman’s eveningwear outfit, while the Kingsman logo is a discreet nod to those in the know.
Shop the collection at MR PORTER: The Mens Style Destination
Turnbull & Asser (71-72 Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6PF)
Swaine Adeney Brigg (7 Piccadilly Arcade, London, SW1Y 6NH)
Bremont (29 South Audley St, London, W1K 2PE)
Cutler and Gross (16 Knightsbridge Green, London SW1X 7QL)
G.J.Cleverley & Co. (13 The Royal Arcade, London, W1S 4SL)
Drake’s (3 Clifford Street, London, W1S 2LF)
Mackintosh (104 Mount Street, London, W1K 2TL)
Deakin & Francis