Happy Holidays!

December has been an absolute belter. As far as business goes, it’s usually a lean month, with people saving for Christmas, but the till has been ringing away like Santa’s sleigh bells. It’s been a great end to what has been a terrific year and music to the ears of my accountant, and paymaster, the…

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Festive Finery

Tis’ the season for Tuxedos. Invitations to awards ceremonies, fundraisers, banquets and Gatsbyesque style festive bashes often come with that most wonderful of dress codes, “Black Tie.” Without a doubt, the dinner suit is my favourite outfit. It’s a creature of the night – dark, elegant, understated, effortlessly chic. Within every man there is a dormant ‘Bond’ gene, sleeping amongst…

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Michelsberg Made to Measure

Ciao amici miei! The Michelsberg Italian Uber level has landed and here I am on a passeggiata outside Michelsberg HQ. As I mentioned in my previous blog, it’s the real deal, top of the tailoring tree. Suit porn for a sartorial connoisseur, absolutely everything hand-made, a work of art. The moment I slipped the jacket on, my…

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“Made in Italy”

I’ve had an itch for some time. It’s been tickling me ever since my first trip to the International menswear show in Florence that is Pitti Uomo. It’s a condition known as Italophilia – “the admiration, general appreciation or love of Italy, its culture, society, arts and/or people.” For me, it’s their threads that I adore, and…

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Smuggling Budgies

February 2015. Chalet Morzine. France. Bugger! I’d forgotten to pack my swimming shorts. With gritted teeth and weary legs, I struggled back into my ski gear, hobbled past the mocking jacuzzi, winced longingly at the beer fridge and headed out into the snow in search of something to wear. My options in the ski-shop were bleak. Retina-scalding,…

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“Little By Little”

“It’s a new dawn, It’s a new day, It’s a new life for me. And I’m feeling good.” Michelsberg Tailoring Manchester is now open for business! Led by my partner-in-crime, Charlie Anderson, he will be based at “Club Brass,” the exclusive private members club of the new five star “Hotel Gotham.” We’ve produced a short…

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Carry on Colin

Last Sunday (Fathers Day), after a wonderful time spent with the fruit of my loins, I settled down with Mrs ‘M’ to watch a film that has been on my radar for ages – “Kingsman.” Anything that involves spies, sharp suits, Savile Row and Samuel L Jackson has to be a winner. Right? Well, as my…

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How Are Your Sales?

  “You can’t build a business. You build people. People build a business.” These wise words are from a chap by the name of Mr Spencer Hays – a legend in the world of textiles and tailoring. Raised by his Mother and Grandmother, he started out in life as a shoe-shine boy in Oklahoma. His…

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Shaping up nicely

Hands-up, it’s a fair cop, Guv’. The laziest tailor in Leeds has been at it again. With more holidays under my belt than Judith Chalmers, I’ve added further to my tally of surfing sojourns and last week headed to my spiritual home in North Devon, Croyde Bay. This is the view from my balcony. As many…

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