Threads of isolation

As the cold winds of isolation blow over Corona County, for those newly working at home, these are dangerous times. My heart goes out to those poor displaced souls, tucked away in the eves with a laptop, unshaven, the crumbs of yesterday’s KitKat, smeared across their jogging bottoms. One day, you’re a city slicker, the…

Cheers for Chinos

Having just returned from a wonderful break in Runswick Bay on the East coast, I have to admit I’d gone rather feral. Whilst most of my customers assume I relax in velvet smoking jacket, embroidered slippers, silk cravat and fez, my downtime is marked by a far more casual approach to dress. The pleasure of…

Cordially yours.

As this wonderful Summer runs its course, preparations for Autumn & Winter are underfoot at Casa Michelsberg. This weekend, a fresh batch of logs was delivered, and during a family shopping trip to Waitrose, I found myself drawn – like a slavish moth to the fire – towards my amber coloured friends in the spirits section. Now is the…

A vested interest.

Heading out of the Victoria Quarter this month, I was confronted with something that for me, cast a cloud over this sun-soaked Great British Summer. Lads, stripped to the waist, swigging from bottles, a cacophony of “It’s coming home!” delivered from slurring, red faces. Decked out in my panama hat, tan leather briefcase and linen suit, the peaks of several baseball caps swivelled…

The Clean Inn

A question I’m often asked is, “where should I take my suits to be dry-cleaned?” My answer is always the same: Rule number 1: don’t use Johnsons. Rule number 2: don’t dry clean them unless absolutely necessary. Regarding the former, I  recently made two suits in the same Super 130’s  cloth for a chap (the groom) and…

Bespoke Shirts

This month, Michelsberg Tailoring sold it’s thousandth made-to-measure shirt. Here are some new Michelsberg bobby dazzlers waiting to be collected before Christmas. It all started five years ago, when I was approached by a company who offered to make me a free bespoke shirt, and experience their quality. Whilst bespoke suits have been a part of my…

Skinny Bottoms

According to the Rake Magazine this month, skinny bottoms are dead. I’m not talking about the recent spate of plus size models twerking their bodacious booties in Vogue magazine, but a gentleman’s trousers. Commercial necessity dictates that the wheel of fashion must constantly turn, and every designer wants to be credited with bucking the trend and trailblazing the next big thing.…