Cordially yours.

As this wonderful Summer runs its course, preparations for Autumn & Winter are underfoot at Casa Michelsberg. This weekend, a fresh batch of logs was delivered, and during a family shopping trip to Waitrose, I found myself drawn – like a slavish moth to the fire – towards my amber coloured friends in the spirits section. Now is the…

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A vested interest.

Heading out of the Victoria Quarter this month, I was confronted with something that for me, cast a cloud over this sun-soaked Great British Summer. Lads, stripped to the waist, swigging from bottles, a cacophony of “It’s coming home!” delivered from slurring, red faces. Decked out in my panama hat, tan leather briefcase and linen suit, the peaks of several baseball caps swivelled…

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We’ll always have Paris..

Last Sunday. Leeds Bradford Airport. Bags packed, family Michelsberg, heading for Paris. Mais non! French Air Traffic Control go on strike, flights cancelled, my daughters Disney dreams shattered. No Rapunzel for Elizabeth. No Thunder Mountain for Avy. And no visit for me to meet my tailoring heroes, Massimo and Lorenzo Cifonelli. Staying a five minute…

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Jill Elizabeth Michelsberg.

This morning, I buried my mother’s ashes at Bingley cemetery. Now don’t worry – this blog is not going to be a dour missive, penned between racking sobs, tears cascading over my Dell keyboard. It’s a tribute to an incredible woman whose love of clothing is probably one of the reasons why I got into tailoring in the first place.…

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Long Live The Tie!

A customer of mine who is a surgeon, recently told me that when he was a junior doctor, his mentor advised him, “when meeting with a patient, you should be smartly dressed, clean shaven and smelling lightly of aftershave.” If someone is going to slice open my body with a scalpel, I’d want everything about that person to…

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Hello! Newcastle.

This month Michelsberg Tailoring headed North up the A1, for our first trunk show to Newcastle. A ‘trunk show’ is basically where a tailoring firm offers a travelling service, packs up its bunches of cloths and examples of its work, and presents itself to customers, at a temporary retail location, or, another venue such as a…

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The most wonderful time of the year.

December is my favourite month of the year. For me, it’s an opportunity to drop down a gear, and spend time with colleagues and customers on a ‘social basis.’ That means downing tools and giving the Michelsberg Kidney & Liver department a chunk of overtime. The Christmas road to excess started at the end of…

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Howay The Toon!

Michelsberg Tailoring Newcastle is now open for business! After months of desk research and discussion with our Newcastle based customers, George and I jumped on the train to walk the streets and finalise arrangements. My last trip to Newcastle was on a GCSE Geography field trip, so it was vital to get a feel for the place…

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The Clean Inn

A question I’m often asked is, “where should I take my suits to be dry-cleaned?” My answer is always the same: Rule number 1: don’t use Johnsons. Rule number 2: don’t dry clean them unless absolutely necessary. Regarding the former, I  recently made two suits in the same Super 130’s  cloth for a chap (the groom) and…

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