The Science behind the Suit

My name is James Michelsberg and I’m a suit-a-holic. It’s a nightmare. Every time I open the wardrobe door, she’s there. A sultry toned temptress from Narnia who flashes her legs between the pinstripes and whispers in my ear – “just one more James. Just one more.” This time I’ve gone for a double-breasted number,…

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Costa del Couture

Another year begins and it’s started off in style. Location: Puerto Banus, Spain. Taken there as a child on holiday, I remember watching in awe as wannabees with mullets cruised along the port in Porches, peroxide blondes by their side with a-ha’s “Take on Me” blaring out of the radio. Not much has changed. It’s…

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Friends Reunited

It’s two fingers up to the world of work and hello Christmas holidays. Yesterday was my last day in the office for 2009 which culminated in the delivery of this rather divine overcoat to one of my best customers. Isn’t she a beauty? It’s possibly one of the most dapper and dashing coats we’ve ever…

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Dare to be different..

One of the great things about my job is getting to know people from all walks of life. From the great and the good, to the bad and the downright dodgy, a passion for bespoke tailoring can be found. This means that I often get to deal with some of the more colourful members of…

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It’s all about me…

I was recently asked by the Editor of “Twist” magazine to pen some words for their regular “My Day” feature, which provides an insight into the daily grind of those of us who toil in the rag-trade. If you’re interested, you can read the article here.

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Wardrobe Wonderland

If the eyes are the window to the soul, then a gents wardrobe, and its condition, are the window to his character and aspirations. Who can forget Ray Liotta’s wardrobe in Goodfella’s? – row after row of neatly hung suits, or, the evenly spaced crisp white shirts of Mickey Rourke’s in nine and a half…

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A Cohiba Moment

Yesterday was officially the last day of summer and to make up for this rather miserable fact, mother nature provided us with one of those rare, truly beautiful evenings. After returning home from an enjoyable dinner with my wife, it was wonderfully warm outside, the air perfectly still. The sky, a riot of pinks and…

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Men of the Cloth

A business is only as good as the suppliers and people behind it and as far as my business goes, having a good relationship with the right cloth merchants is vital. When I was first starting out in the trade, some companies were reluctant to provide me with their bunches (swatches of cloth bound in…

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Sheep Thrills

Take the finest tailor in the world and give him a piece of polyester and it will probably end in tears. When it comes to making a bespoke suit, using the right cloth is vital. In my opinion, there is one animal whose fleece stands shank and shoulders above the rest and here’s one I…

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