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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Kaizen – the way forward.

As an A-level economics student, I remember watching a case study on a Japanese car manufacturer and their ‘Kaizen’ approach to working practices. Translated, it means “change for the better,” and has become a term to describe a business philosophy of continuous improvement across all business functions and every member of staff. Most memorable, was a thousand employees, dressed…

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House Michelsberg of Winterfell

This month, it’s been party time at Michelsberg HQ to celebrate 10 years of bespoke tailoring. Over a hundred and fifty of my customers, suppliers, family and friends, gathered to enjoy the fabulously talented Vernon Sisters, who performed an eclectic mix of Hollywood swing, Gatsby glamour and 1940’s vintage cabaret. On the grand piano, I had the silky smooth Stewart Garden tinkling the…

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Fantastic Mr Fox

I will always adore the swagger and sleek lines of a jacket with full chest, roped shoulders and nipped in waist. That said, I can appreciate my Melbourne based brother Edward’s penchant for the softer, more informal approach to tailoring, that is very much in vogue at the moment. I’ve just delivered this ‘de-constructed’ jacket to…

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Bring on the gimp

Beauty comes in many forms and the ability to appreciate stunning architecture, a fine wine, or, a gorgeous suit, is not just the right of the connoisseur. All our opinions are valid, and whilst experience in an area lends credibility, the gift of good taste and a sense of style is subjective, and cannot be…

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Ten!

Michelsberg Tailoring is ten years old! Born on a kitchen table in June 2006, it crawled to “Queen Square,” a business incubator, and started “whipping the cat” – tailoring talk for visiting customers at their homes and offices – and operating out of the Malmaison hotel in Leeds. Lavished by its father (that’s me) with boundless love and…

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La Dolce Vita.

Fed, heavily watered with a glow of self-contentment about me, it was time for the auction at the Bespoke Tailors Benevolent Association dinner to begin. As part of the “Luxury Goods Package,” three little words ‘had me at hello’ – a bespoke hat.  Digging as deep as any Yorkshireman might dare, I ended up being the successful bidder, and this month headed…

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Skinny Bottoms

According to the Rake Magazine this month, skinny bottoms are dead. I’m not talking about the recent spate of plus size models twerking their bodacious booties in Vogue magazine, but a gentleman’s trousers. Commercial necessity dictates that the wheel of fashion must constantly turn, and every designer wants to be credited with bucking the trend and trailblazing the next big thing.…

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The Earl of Oxford Street

As a surfer, I dream about the perfect wave. It’s four foot high, the clean surging face a glistening wall of sparkling gold. I’ve searched far and wide, from Devon to Bali, and it’s proven pretty illusive – much like the perfect suit. On a daily basis I’m on the hunt for the finest of threads. Instagram. The Rake Magazine.…

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Tipsy Tailors

Since the start of the year, it’s been mental. Wedding season is in full swing, Manchester is flying and we’ve just had a record month. It’s all adrenalin fuelled, pink-cheeked positivity, but all work and no play, makes James a dull boy. So, this month Mr Anderson and I headed down to London for the annual Bespoke Tailors Benevolent Association dinner,…

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