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…

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Stormy weather

Summer has scoffed her deep-fried peanut butter sandwich and left the building. This morning my foot winced a little as it vacated the warmth of the duvet, leaving me reaching for a weighty double breasted number to brave a slight chill in the air that I’d forgotten existed. The rain lashed down as I left…

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The Church of Good Taste

What’s the deal with blokes who insist on getting their kit off in the City centre? I crossed paths with this chap yesterday morning, his nipple rings flashing at me in the glorious sunshine. Brave as ever, my grip tightened on the handle of my Whangee Umbrella as I prepared to defend myself against this…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Well Hung

Mr Miyagi and I both understand the importance of balance. To quote the great man, “Balance is key. Balance good, karate good. Everything good.” His words of wisdom are just as important to the craft of tailoring as they were to the floppy haired Daniel LaRusso, who broke a thousand pre pubescent hearts in the…

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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…

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