“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.

As a teenager, I’d arrive on a Saturday morning at Piccadilly Station with my friend Pete, dressed in purple jeans, Dr Martens and a military style 60’s jacket.

After dim sum in Chinatown, we’d  head off to Affleck’s Palace to stock up on vintage clothing.

It was here that I bought my first tuxedo, a 1950’s number in a heavy black barathea, with wide silk shawl lapels and military braiding down the side of the trousers.

T-Shirts proclaimed “On the Seventh Day, God created Manchester” and nightclubs swayed to the sounds of The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets.

It was my “coming of age” time with nocturnal behaviour that was certainly “spirited” and “colourful.”

After A-levels, I blossomed into a hard-working and conscientious London-based student (hmmm), but would return to this Northern Powerhouse for legendary nights at the Hacienda and Paradise Factory.

Now, as a mature and responsible father and business owner (hmmm), I have put these days of excess behind me, and Manchester is back on my radar in a commercial, rather than ‘avin-it-large,’ capacity.

We’ve done our research and the potential is there. Mancunians have never been short of confidence and the streets are alive with optimism. Media City has taken off, re-development is everywhere and the restaurants are rammed on a school night.

That said, it isn’t going to be easy. We’ve got some good competition to deal with and establishing yourself in a new market takes graft and real commitment.

So now it’s down to Charlie. He’s ready to spread his tailoring wings and I have every faith in his ability to deliver not just a great suit, but an exceptional experience.

Good luck Mr. Anderson and Hello Manchester!