Although James Bond remains the gold standard for how to be espionage-chic, 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service — which explored how Her Majesty discovers younger spies—set a more modern template for what it means to look good while saving the world.
With the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle (out in theaters on September 22), not only are the set-pieces and stakes that much more raised, but the plot itself illustrates the cooperation between the British faction and their American counterparts which have been dubbed “Statesman”—notably portrayed by Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal.
These new heroes and their duds are decidedly more Western-inspired and eschew the traditional aesthetics we associate with the bespoke tailoring from Savile Row in London.
In the past, MR PORTER highlighted the film’s fashion sensilbities with a 60-piece bespoke collection focusing on British heritage—with cloths sourced from traditional mills and hand-picked collaborations with Turnbull & Asser, Cutler and Gross, Cleverley, Drake’s and more.
As a collection, it was the perfect playbook for refined cool — with key pieces including wool, silk and mohair suit jackets, oxford shirts, shawl-collar cardigans, Chelsea boots, suede penny loafers, two-toned sunglasses and silk pocket squares. You can see the full lookbook below.
As Colin Firth’s Galahad told us in the first film, “The suit is a modern gentleman’s armour. And the Kingsman agents are the new knights.”
But whereas we’ve become accustomed to skinny tailoring, Matthew Vaughn, the director, reimagined what a 1940’s double-breasted suit might look like with a slight update.
Costume designer for the film, Arianne Phillips, echoed Vaughn’s sentiments at the time, stating, “A British silhouette is different from an Italian one in suiting. It’s all about structure.”
With the sequel, not only will audiences get a chance to see how heroes operate on both sides of the pond, but also the striking differences in their uniforms of choice courtesy of brands like Rocky Mountain Featherbed, Golden Bear, Stetson, Hunter and Mr Freedom which all add to ensembles that are rustically refined and fit the cover of the Statesman (a Kentucky bourbon distillery).
Even British heritage brands like Turnbull & Asser have had the American southwest rub off on their sensibilities with a range of Western oxfords which match particularly well with Tequila’s shearling Bomber Jacket, denim offerings from The Jean Shop, boots from Luchesse, and Stetson accessories.
As with the first film, all the Kingsman looks in the film are available at MR PORTER and showcase a nice dichotomy where British tailoring informs classic American looks and Yankee heritage informs regal formalwear. Now, we highlight some of the key pieces in the collection, and how they can help you look as rugged (or refined) as the film’s characters.
Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton)
The main protagonist of Kingsman: The Secret Service returns to the field in the sequel, looking as as suited up as ever. Presented as a stereotypical chav before his transformation into suave secret agent, Eggsy smartens up for Kingsman: The Golden Circle in a bold orange velvet tuxedo jacket. Rounded acetate glasses contribute to his high-end look (though these don’t come outfitted with the tech upgrades featured in the film), which is grounded by a basic formal white shirt from Turnbull & Asser.
Agent Tequila (Channing Tatum)
One of the more exciting characters in the sequel, Channing Tatum plays one of the main agents of Statesman, the hard-drinking, clearly Western-inspired counterparts of the more sartorial Kingsman agency. His character, Agent Tequila, has a regular uniform of a blanket-lined denim jacket, clean western snap-button shirt, and a classically American Stetson cowboy hat. You may not want to wear the cowboy hat, but the other two items are pretty appropriate for just about anything.
Champagne “Champ” (Jeff Bridges)
Jeff Bridges debuts in the sequel as Champagne, better known as “Champ,” the head of the Statesman agency. As a proper boss, he steps up his suit game, opting for a yoked jacket with a western style, and adding a lapel pin and patterned scarf tied underneath a crisp white shirt. It’s a look that means business, but also shows off an advanced sense of personal style.
Harry “Galahad” Hart (Colin Firth)
Perhaps the most anticipated return in Kingsman: The Golden Circle is Colin Firth’s Harry Hart, who served as Eggy’s mentor in the first film and was thought dead. He’s set to return to the sequel–in style. Taking cues from the Kingsman and Statesman organizations alike, he mixes classic tailoring with rugged style easily. Take note of his luxurious shearling topcoat worn over a perfectly-fitting double-breasted blazer. Of course, if a shearling is a little much, you could opt for a down vest instead, like Pedro Pascal’s character, Jack Daniels, aka Agent Whiskey. Hart’s eyepatch isn’t necessary to complete the look.
The Kingsman x MR PORTER collection is available now on mrporter.com.
Now watch the trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle below.