Downtime

This Sunday I relaxed with a gin and tonic and read a profile on Amancio Ortega in the business section of The Sunday Times. Starting out in life as a tailors assistant, he is the ultimate ‘rags to riches’ story. With a net worth of over sixty billion, he is the founder of Inditex, the…

We three Kings

Introducing Michelsberg Tailoring’s next apprentice, Mr George Lewis. Here he is below, signing his life away at Michelsberg HQ in the Victoria Quarter, Leeds. Formerly selling menswear at House of Fraser, he will join the ranks on September 11th. His initial approach to me was highly professional, and throughout the interview process, conducted himself like a gentleman. Polite, enthusiastic, with…

Growing old disgracefully

The former writer A.A. Gill declared that, “in your thirties, you are too old to wear a T-shirt anywhere but in the gym, you can’t do hoodies any more, or trainers, you should be able to tie a bow tie and you can’t wear shorts in the city. Forty is when you check yourself for all…

Uncle Walter

This month I had the pleasure of sharing my ten-year business journey with up-and coming start-up businesses, at a Leeds Enterprise Network event, held at the Yorkshire Post offices in Leeds. Whilst determination, enthusiasm, self-belief and luck have played a large part in keeping me on the right track (I’m hardly a big success yet!), there…

On the cod

Five days after Christmas and despite my blood / alcohol level, I’m feeling bloody marvellous. There’s no doubt it’s my favourite part of the year. A time for indulgence, family and friends. Here I am, just before Christmas Eve, sinking a few (12%!) ales in ‘Friends Of Ham’ with my oldest friend Pete, over from…

Kaizen – the way forward.

As an A-level economics student, I remember watching a case study on a Japanese car manufacturer and their ‘Kaizen’ approach to working practices. Translated, it means “change for the better,” and has become a term to describe a business philosophy of continuous improvement across all business functions and every member of staff. Most memorable, was a thousand employees, dressed…

House Michelsberg of Winterfell

This month, it’s been party time at Michelsberg HQ to celebrate 10 years of bespoke tailoring. Over a hundred and fifty of my customers, suppliers, family and friends, gathered to enjoy the fabulously talented Vernon Sisters, who performed an eclectic mix of Hollywood swing, Gatsby glamour and 1940’s vintage cabaret. On the grand piano, I had the silky smooth Stewart Garden tinkling the…

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…

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,…

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…