Well-made suits are king, and that’s certainly the case in Kingsman: The Secret Service. The spy film starring Michael Cain, Colin Firth, and Sam Jackson features several exceptionally dressed characters. They look so dapper that MR PORTER is launching a clothing collection inspired by the film in mid-September. The line doesn’t only include fashions similar to what you’ll see in the movie, it has replicas of actual costumes. Do you hear that? Spy cosplay!
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Kingsman costume designer Arianne Phillips made the suits with “commerciality in mind.” The idea to make the ensembles available for retail happened while the film was being planned. Director and writer Matthew Vaughn came up with the concept and worked with the founder of Net-a-porter (MR PORTER’s parent company of sorts) Natalie Massenet to make the clothing line happen.
The plot of Kingsman features Firth, a veteran agent, grooming a new recruit for the group of gentlemen spies. Fancy suits and ties do play a role in the story, and it was natural to extend the looks into commercially available fashion. The clothing collection will include suits, jackets, pants, George Cleverley footwear, Bremont timepieces, and more. It will feature 60 total pieces, and yes, you’ll probably need a small fortune to afford them. Looking like a classy spy isn’t affordable.
I hope the launch of the Kingsman line is successful because I’d like to see other films and television shows follow suit. Mad Men did something similar by partnering with Banana Republic, but what if they planned the dresses and suits and released them just before the latest season aired? Fans would probably like to buy an exact replica of a Joan Holloway dress. Given that Mad Men is in its final season, it’s too late for them, but it’d be neat to see other franchises run with this concept.