Stylish spies: Kingsman The Secret Service and MR PORTER team up to create new menswear label
James Bond is not the only well-dressed British spy this year. Kingsman: The Secret Service, an upcoming action-spy film, will feature a stylish wardrobe put together by the costume designer and director in collaboration with men's style website MR PORTER. Bond Lifestyle will take a first look at the clothes and accessories, which will be available later this month. The pieces are inspired by Savile Row tradition and some brands are known quite well to Bond.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is based upon the comic book by Mark Millar, and tells the story of a super-secret spy organisation that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training programme - just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. The movie stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, Mark Strong and Samuel L. Jackson, and appearances of Adele (singer of the SkyFall theme song), Elton John, Lady Gaga and David Beckham. The film will be released in the United Kingdom on 29 January 2015, and on 13 February 2015 in the United States. Watch the trailer below:
MR PORTER set up 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 entire bespoke 60-piece Kingsman menswear collection, which is featured throughout the film, will launch exclusively on MR PORTER on January 13th 2015.
Mr Vaughn and the team at MR PORTER worked closely with award-winning costume designer Ms Arianne Phillips to design and create iconic pieces inspired by Savile Row tradition, and made by the best in British production including Bremont timepieces, Cutler and Gross eyewear, Drake’s ties and pocket squares, Corgi knitwear, Crockett & Jones and George Cleverley footwear, Mackintosh outerwear, Swaine Adeney Brigg accessories and Turnbull & Asser shirting.
Some of these brands are featured in James Bond films. Most famously Turnbull & Asser shirts and ties, which were worn by Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig in their Bond films. Crockett & Jones shoes are worn by Bond in SkyFall (and maybe also in SPECTRE). Swaine Adeney Brigg created Bond's famous suitcase in From Russia With Love. This black leather case with red lining is still available. Finally Cutler & Gross sunglasses were sported by villain Dominic Greene (played by Mathieu Amalric) in Quantum of Solace.
Below you can find some of the pieces that will be featured in the film. More details on who wears which pieces will be announced later. The Kingsman collection will be available in January on the MrPorter.com website.
“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 doublebreasted and 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 – Crockett & Jones
Crockett & Jones are very proud to have been chosen to supply product for the much anticipated Kingsman: The Secret Service. Crockett & Jones have supplied their most recognised toe cap Derby boot, Coniston in Tan Scotch Grain. Coniston, a style that has been in their stock collection for over 25 years, is the perfect style to endure a bit of good old English ‘rough and tumble’.
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 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. A similar regimental tie (the blue tie with white and red stripes) on the left is worn by Roger Moore in Live and Let Die (1973) when he is in New York.
The Finishing Touches
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.
Enter the Kingsman competition on MR PORTER and win $7500 to spend on the Kingsman Collection.