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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Putting on the Ritz

If there is one item of dress that I must wear before I die, it is white tie and tails. A velvet smoking jacket for that Cohiba moment after Sunday lunch comes a close second but full evening dress is the ultimate. Just check out the picture below by Slim Aarons which has become known…

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An audience with Sir Paul Smith

Whether it’s porn, art, narcotics, or, high finance, every industry has it’s heroes. Whilst I have no admiration for hedge-fund managers, Pablo Escabar, or, the teeth gritting antics of Ron Jeremy, they have all made it to the top of the tree in their respective ‘professions’ and are no doubt idolized by those who are…

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Shear Heaven

I’m happy. So bloody happy I just can’t stop grinning. Spring is in the air, I’m off surfing in three weeks time and I’ve just had one of the best Mondays of my life: Woke up. Sunny. Bacon Sandwich. Put on a new suit – three piece, very fitted, peak lapel, velvet collar, love it.…

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Back to School

Throw in some clouds, angels and an immaculately dressed bearded chap in bespoke vicuna robes and I’d be in tailoring heaven. Why? Because Michelsberg Tailoring is through to the final of the Golden Shears tailoring competition – come on!! As mentioned in my blog in December, it’s run by the Merchant Taylors Company and is…

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Thumbs up for Down Under

At the risk of coming across as rather crude, I have to say I feel simply bloody marvellous. I’ve just returned from three wonderful weeks in Australia visiting my brother Edward and his growing family in Melbourne. It’s been an orgy of sunshine, three course lunches and dinners, poker nights, Bas Armagnac, Cohiba cigars, surfing,…

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Frankincense, Myrrh & Golden Shears

It’s less than a week to go before my family and I head off to Australia for Christmas to check out my brother’s six week old baby boy, Harrison. So, I thought I’d provide the chaps back home with a little something to keep the temperature up whilst I’m wallowing in the surf and sunshine.…

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Steed on Speed

This weekend my wife had a girlfriend up to stay from London which gave me the chance to indulge in a spot of ‘me’ time. After seeing customers on Saturday morning it was off to the David Lloyd for a swim and sauna, lunch and a cheeky Erdinger at The Reliance and then a prowl…

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Nobody does it better..

I remember it like it was yesterday. I’d just finished watching the Dukes of Hazard on the telly and my Father came into the lounge and told me a Bond film was about to start and I’d enjoy it. Understatement at its finest. Watching your first Bondy is as much of a rite of passage…

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