Ten!

Michelsberg Tailoring is ten years old!

Born on a kitchen table in June 2006, it crawled to “Queen Square,” a business incubator, and started “whipping the cat” – tailoring talk for visiting customers at their homes and offices – and operating out of the Malmaison hotel in Leeds.

Lavished by its father (that’s me) with boundless love and attention, it shed its nappy for shorts and Clarks shoes, setting up its first proper home at the managed offices, ‘Calls Wharf,’ on Calls Lane. Read More

Tipsy Tailors

Since the start of the year, it’s been mental.

Wedding season is in full swing, Manchester is flying and we’ve just had a record month.

It’s all adrenalin fuelled, pink-cheeked positivity, but all work and no play, makes James a dull boy.

So, this month Mr Anderson and I headed down to London for the annual Bespoke Tailors Benevolent Association dinner, held at the Merchant Taylors Hall at Number 30 Threadneedle Street.

What a venue. Old school elegance at its finest with stunning chandeliers, Georgian windows and hand-carved oak-panelling. It’s my fourth time to this venerable institution and yet my heart still raced as I entered the fray, a veritable Whose Who of the Bespoke Tailoring and Textile trade in the UK and beyond. Read More

Happy Holidays!

December has been an absolute belter.

As far as business goes, it’s usually a lean month, with people saving for Christmas, but the till has been ringing away like Santa’s sleigh bells.

It’s been a great end to what has been a terrific year and music to the ears of my accountant, and paymaster, the venerable Mr Scrivenor.

Some of this was down to the launch event of our made to measure collection and the influx of new victims to our Manchester operation. Read More

“Little By Little”

“It’s a new dawn, It’s a new day, It’s a new life for me. And I’m feeling good.”

Michelsberg Tailoring Manchester is now open for business!

Led by my partner-in-crime, Charlie Anderson, he will be based at “Club Brass,” the exclusive private members club of the new five star “Hotel Gotham.”

We’ve produced a short video to introduce the service and you can check it out below:

For me, Manchester holds nothing but fond memories. Read More

Shaping up nicely

Hands-up, it’s a fair cop, Guv’. The laziest tailor in Leeds has been at it again.

With more holidays under my belt than Judith Chalmers, I’ve added further to my tally of surfing sojourns and last week headed to my spiritual home in North Devon, Croyde Bay.

This is the view from my balcony.

Croyde Bay

As many of you know, surfing is one of my true loves in life.

It was right here (with my friend “The Gibbon”) that I first squeezed into a rubber wetsuit and after much flapping and flailing about, scrambled to my feet and was finally thrust forward by the fizzing, foamy briny. Read More

Dear John,

As your tailor, I’m going to ask for a moment of self indulgence.

Whilst most of my blogs are chipper missives, based on the wonderful world of bespoke tailoring, this one is different. It’s a tribute to my father, John Ernest Michelsberg, who died at the age of 76 on Wednesday 11th March.

Now before you start cringing and scrambling for the ‘off’ switch, I’m going to keep things upbeat and as relevant as possible to the world of fine threads. Read More

Michelsberg Tailoring ASOS

After months of hard work with my Graphic Designer Steve, and the legendary photographer that is Chris Thompson, I am thrilled to say that Michelsberg Tailoring has a new website.

The hunt for fresh imagery has not been easy. We’ve shivered our arse’s off in a Fire Station in North Leeds, gotten soaked in a Paintball Centre in the Peak District, and had to get down and dirty under the bonnet of a Bentley.

I’m chuffed to bits with the finished result, so we celebrated it’s launch with a few ales at Whitelocks, a curry at Akbars and then onto Friends of Ham for ridiculously strong Belgian beers. A good night (and a shaky morning) was had by all. Read More

Power Cords

Happy New Year my friends – may it be a fabulous one for us all!

I’m slowly getting back to my fighting weight, after what has been a particularly sinful Christmas, and am delighted to report that business has got off to a cracking start.

There’s a real Seventies vibe going on at the moment, with bold checks, wide lapels and deep collared shirts increasingly featuring in the armoury of my victims.

Charlie Anderson cordMy apprentice, Mr Anderson, has fully embraced this nod to the days of helmet-hair and flashing dance-floors, with the addition to his wardrobe of this plush, burgundy corduroy suit. Read More

Yuletide Greetings

On Monday 23rd December, Christmas came early at Michelsberg Tailoring with an exciting delivery from the elves at UPS.

Introducing our new selection of Donegal tweed, knitted silk ties, and assortment of pocket hanks – deep joy.

Michelsberg Ties

With the frenzied excitement of my three year old daughter Elizabeth, faced with a new “Frozen” costume, I ripped off my Hermes number and slipped on a burgundy Donegal, secured with my favourite knot – the half-Windsor. Read More

It’s not a party without Charlie..

On Monday September the 8th, my new apprentice, Charlie Anderson, pushed the Michelsberg Tailoring buzzer, and climbed the stairs towards sartorial heaven for the first time.

Whilst it’s early days, the lad’s done well, enthusiasm dripping from each of his twenty-one year old pores.

He’s shown initiative, has boundless energy and has already started to get to grips with the tape-measure, chalk and pins.

Most pleasing is his eye. Spotting a ‘drop shoulder’ is all very well, but it’s getting those little things right, like the button position, width of lapel, depth of pocket flap, that makes all the difference. Read More