Strictly New Showroom

Today, the last piece of the Michelsberg Tailoring refurbishment programme fell into place. My Italian table and chairs finally landed. The table came in two boxes – one for the top, one for the base. Taped to the base was an Allen key, eight screws, four clips and…no instructions. “Don’t panic, Mr Mannering,” I said to young George. How hard can this be?…

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Downtime

This Sunday I relaxed with a gin and tonic and read a profile on Amancio Ortega in the business section of The Sunday Times. Starting out in life as a tailors assistant, he is the ultimate ‘rags to riches’ story. With a net worth of over sixty billion, he is the founder of Inditex, the…

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We three Kings

Introducing Michelsberg Tailoring’s next apprentice, Mr George Lewis. Here he is below, signing his life away at Michelsberg HQ in the Victoria Quarter, Leeds. Formerly selling menswear at House of Fraser, he will join the ranks on September 11th. His initial approach to me was highly professional, and throughout the interview process, conducted himself like a gentleman. Polite, enthusiastic, with…

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Growing old disgracefully

The former writer A.A. Gill declared that, “in your thirties, you are too old to wear a T-shirt anywhere but in the gym, you can’t do hoodies any more, or trainers, you should be able to tie a bow tie and you can’t wear shorts in the city. Forty is when you check yourself for all…

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Mooning in Guiseley

This month, I’ve brought to fruition a project that’s been dancing about in my mind, since clearing out my winter wardrobe. I love the texture and drape of tweed, and it was with a sigh that I bagged up my heavy Donegal & Shetland wool jackets, to make room for the wool, silk and linen numbers for Spring. My existing 14…

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Top Sock

On the 27th of March, I hit 44 years of age. As well as my usual birthday presents of an annual subscription to ‘The Rake’ and ‘Carve’ magazines, I received further literary stimulation in the form of a book titled, ‘Socks: The Rule Book.’ To date, when it comes to colour, I have been rather unadventurous as…

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The Peacock is dead. Long live the Peacock.

In this months ‘Rake Magazine’, their editor and founder, Wei Koh, heralded “a new era in sartorialism. The peacock is dead, replaced by a concern for purity and restraint.” He writes with fluency and passion, and brought a smile to my face, as he poked fun at the foppish, flâneurs who descend on Pitti Uomo, the menswear show in Florence, to flounce about in…

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Uncle Walter

This month I had the pleasure of sharing my ten-year business journey with up-and coming start-up businesses, at a Leeds Enterprise Network event, held at the Yorkshire Post offices in Leeds. Whilst determination, enthusiasm, self-belief and luck have played a large part in keeping me on the right track (I’m hardly a big success yet!), there…

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On the cod

Five days after Christmas and despite my blood / alcohol level, I’m feeling bloody marvellous. There’s no doubt it’s my favourite part of the year. A time for indulgence, family and friends. Here I am, just before Christmas Eve, sinking a few (12%!) ales in ‘Friends Of Ham’ with my oldest friend Pete, over from…

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Bespoke Shirts

This month, Michelsberg Tailoring sold it’s thousandth made-to-measure shirt. Here are some new Michelsberg bobby dazzlers waiting to be collected before Christmas. It all started five years ago, when I was approached by a company who offered to make me a free bespoke shirt, and experience their quality. Whilst bespoke suits have been a part of my…

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