Trip to Shanghai

It’s four hours before my flight home and I’m closeted in the cigar bar of the JC Mandarin Hotel, a bottle of Tsing Tao beer in my left hand, a knock off Montblanc pen in my right, trying to find words that do justice to the incredible city that is Shanghai. Here for a mixture…

Fancy a poke?

Damn that Zuckerberg bloke. I’ve resisted Facebook for years, but I’ve had yet another customer extolling the virtues of ‘social networking’ and how it could benefit my business, so I’ve decided to take a shaky step towards the dark-side and start a Facebook page for Michelsberg Tailoring. I’m still not entirely convinced. I’ve always thought…

Michelsberg Opening Party

Six years ago, I was a headhunter in the technology sector. Fast forward to last Thursday evening and I’m playing the piano at 9.30pm outside my own bespoke tailoring shop in the Victoria Quarter, drinking Champagne and enjoying the adrenalin buzz that came with throwing a truly wonderful opening party. My family were in attendance…

Grand Designs

We are just one roll of carpet and a corner sofa away from declaring the new Michelsberg showroom open for business. There’s been no room for pashmina-clad designers flouncing about on this job and even Karen, my architect, rolled her sleeves-up and got stuck in despite a broken finger. Huge thanks must go to my…

On the Move

It’s official. Michelsberg Tailoring has finally found a new home for itself and is setting up shop in the Victoria Quarter, Leeds. Here I am with John Bade, Centre Director of the VQ, after the ink was dry on signing a lease on 24a Queen Victoria Street, literally just round the corner from my favourite…

It’s a small world

Dear Friends – on Saturday 26th February at 12.51pm, my second daughter came into the world at great speed weighing a healthy seven pounds and eleven ounces. Introducing, Miss Elizabeth Jasmine Michelsberg. 🙂 Sitting back afterwards with a cup of tea, feeling the happiest man on earth, our paediatrician popped in to check on our…

A new home for a new year.

Remember when our Queen had her ‘Annus horribilis’? The year was 1992 and Prince Andrew divorced Fergie after she was caught sucking her boyfriend’s toes, then Diana spilt the beans about Charles & Camilla in her tell-all book, Princess Anne divorced Captain Mark Phillips and to cap it off, Windsor Castle caught fire. Well, December…

Michelsberg Debating Competition

Hats off to Yorkshire’s legal eagles who yesterday stuck two fingers up at the weather and bravely stomped through the snow to take part in the grand final of the Michelsberg Debating Competition. Twenty eight trainees from fourteen of the biggest legal firms in Yorkshire took part, with Adam Roney & Pete Mills (Eversheds), Maria…

It’s Coming Home

Shears are being sharpened and the knives are out as the young guns of the tailoring trade prepare to do battle in the next “Golden Shears” tournament. It’s a bi-annual competition and I’m proud to say that we made it to the final in 2009. This year I have two young ladies on board who…