What Ho!

I’m halfway through Stephen Fry’s second Autobiography and it’s an absolute gem. When it comes to penning polished prose, he’s a master and it’s a joy to see our beautiful language used with such fondness and aplomb. As an actor, he was marvellous as the towering, mustachioed ‘Melchett’ in Blackadder – perhaps the best sitcom…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Wedding Bells & Summer Swells

This month I thought we’d kick things off with the meaning of life. Maslow would have us believe it is to reach ‘self-actualisation.’ Robin Williams, in the film Dead Poets Society, would probably just say ‘Carpe Diem.’ I like the phrase ‘smile and the world smiles with you’ and believe, although a bit schmaltzy, that…

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Man versus Machine

“Once more unto the breach dear friends, once more.” I feel like everyone has been getting their rocks off in Ibizia, sailing in Greece, or, canoeing down the Dordogne, whilst I’ve been working my fingers to the bone, delivering suits for weddings, the races, and well dressed fun in the sun. Saying that, I did…

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Sins of Summer

When it comes to the most inhospitable place on Earth, El Azizia in Libya, or, Death Valley in California are up there. Yesterday, I found a serious contender. The Northern Line, London. I was down South visiting the agent of an Italian manufacturing business. Riding the tube, or as I call it, ‘the land of…

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Italian Stallions at Pitti Uomo

Last week I died and went to sartorial heaven. The angels spoke in Italian, sipped espressos and strutted around like peacocks, showcasing some of the finest tailoring on the planet. I’d decided to make the pilgrimage to Florence to take part in the biggest menswear show in Europe – ‘Pitti Uomo.’ For lovers of divine…

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Michelsberg Accessories and Shoes with Soul

If dressing well is an art form, then a bespoke suit is your canvas. If you want to create a masterpiece, then you’ve got to get down and dirty with the details and by that I’m talking about accessories. Women understand this more so than men – many a cunning cougar, or flighty fox knows…

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