Running the Gauntlet

I’ve just finished Ranulph Fiennes’s autobiography, “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know.” His ‘why can’t I?’ approach to life is uplifting and truly inspirational. He too had his heroes, and in life, I believe you need people (and their work) to look up to and emulate. Inspiration comes in many ways. As far as tailoring…

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Feeling Horny

My Grandma, Edith, used to come out with some wonderful phrases: “She’s all teeth and temptation,” was one of my favourites, as was, “don’t spoil the ship for a ha’p’orth of tar.” The former young filly, is often encountered by a chap, resplendent in a Michelsberg bespoke suit. The latter, is my call to arms…

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It’s not a party without Charlie..

On Monday September the 8th, my new apprentice, Charlie Anderson, pushed the Michelsberg Tailoring buzzer, and climbed the stairs towards sartorial heaven for the first time. Whilst it’s early days, the lad’s done well, enthusiasm dripping from each of his twenty-one year old pores. He’s shown initiative, has boundless energy and has already started to…

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Short tempered

The one crumb of comfort I’ll take from the end of Summer, is no more encounters like this one in Leeds. As he swaggered past me, rapping “A’m rollin’ wi mi backie…” I didn’t know whether to laugh, or, cry. Sunshine can bring with it a multitude of sins, and last week, on my way…

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The Apprentice

On Friday the 13th of this month at 5pm, Michelsberg Tailoring popped open a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and raised a glass to its first employee, Charlie Anderson. Eight years ago, the business was born on my kitchen table, and now, after three years in the Victoria Quarter, I feel ready to take on an…

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Every Cloud…

“Beauty is only skin deep, it’s what’s underneath that counts.” Wise words, particularly when it comes to bespoke suits. A beautiful cloth on the surface is nothing without quality scaffolding underneath. I’ve mentioned in a previous blog about the construction of our suits, both the “British Bespoke” (half canvas) and “Uber-Level” (full canvas). They incorporate…

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

Even as a child, I loved getting new clothes. The joy of wearing my first Nike t-shirt and trainers on a geography field trip to Skipton, is still tucked away in the little grey cells. As is busting shapes on the dance-floor at ‘Mr Craig’s’ nightclub in Bradford, resplendent in blue blazer, chinos, and brown…

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