I had the pleasure of participating in a wonderful webinar in Washington, DC, on Tuesday April 18, 2017.  The AARP webinar entitled “From Passion to Profit”, was all about people learning how to turn their passion into a business venture.

I was honored to share the panel with two other incredible entrepreneurs, Andrea Viera of www.nailsaloon.com, located in D.C., and Amy Reed of www.woofies.com, located in Ashburn, VA. The webinar was hosted by renowned musician and wine producer, Marcus Johnson, the founder and owner of www.flobrands.com.

If you didn’t get a chance to tune in, I have attached a video from the webinar, in which some great information was shared for anyone thinking of turning their passion into a profitable business. If you have yet to try Marcus’ Flo brand wines, they are absolutely incredible!  And as always, visit us a  http://www.alanmichaelsdesign.com, for all of your custom menswear needs.

Michael Alan Humphrey Sr.





“Style is primarily a matter of instinct!” Bill Blass

Bill Blass was a heralded American fashion designer of both men’s and women’s wear, who graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York. He was a 7-time Coty Award winning designer, who was also honored by FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), with it’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

I have always loved his quote regarding ‘style’, but is that to say, either you have style instinctively/intuitively, or you don’t? I don’t think so, as I do believe that developing great style is something that can be taught, encouraged, and/or self-enhanced! I truly believe that either through classroom training, great mentors, self-education, learning from history, and practice, the ‘intuitiveness’ that accompanies great style, can be attained by those eager and open to learn. I am ALWAYS learning!

It is important to note above all, that style is relative, as it’s definition is not the same from one individual to the next, and that too should always be respected! Know the greats, learn from their iconic ways and design aesthetic, spend some time in a museum, read, take in a Broadway or Off-Broadway show, travel to experience different cultures, read some more, and develop and nurture your own stylistic genius and instinct!




Kenneth Cole Is Shutting Down All Of It’s Outlet Stores

by Madeline Farber – November 13, 2016, 2:30 PM EST

If you love Kenneth Cole outlet stores, you better shop fast: The fashion retailer is shutting all of them down within the next six months.

Closing its 63 outlet stores comes as the company is “focusing its efforts on its e-commerce site and international business,” Kenneth Cole CEO Marc Schneider first told Bloomberg. Once closed, the retailer will only have two-full priced stores left in the U.S.—one in New York’s Bowery neighborhood and the other in Arlington, Va.

“As we continue on our path of strengthening our global lifestyle brand, we look to expand our online and full-price retail footprint across the globe,” he said. “We need to focus our energies and resources to better serve the consumer on their terms.”

Although the company will continue to sell its merchandise online and through other retailers, Kenneth Cole is looking to licensing deals to generate revenue from its name, Bloomberg reports.

As more spending moves online, other fashion retailers—like Michael Kors, Coach, Ralph Lauren, and Fossil—have also closed down many of their storefronts in recent years.

Kenneth Cole opened its first store in 1984 on New York’s Upper West Side, just two years after the brand was created, according to Bloomberg.

My Journey to Style!

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I was born and raised in North Carolina, to parents with not a lot of money, but great style, resourcefulness, and an understanding of the power of exposure for their children! My hometown was a consummate ‘college-town’, invaded each school-year, by students from all over the country, infusing their way of dress, musical taste, and their various hometown culture ans ways into the microcosm of our extraordinarily diverse world that was campus life at North Carolina A&T State University. What an incredible breeding ground to further develop my own personal style, which may not have developed as expeditiously, without the influence of my classmates.

But it was my early experiences with my parents, their constant encouragement to explore, our unlimited exposure with what means we had, and my personal desire to ‘stand-out’ and be seen and heard, that made my move to New York City, a non-thought, easy, some 10 years after finishing my graduate degree.

My first day in my new career in New York required that I take the subway to work, just four train-stops away in Mid-town, and it was during that 20 minute ride, that I heard some eight different conversations occurring between my fellow commuters, and they were speaking eight different languages. It was then that I realized, “Toto, we’re NOT in Kansas anymore, and that my excitement of this new adventure, was going to take me places physically, mentally, culturally, and even stylishly, that I had never been before.”

I came to New York with what I knew was great sense of style, but it was SURELY 20 years living in the City, the world’s, cultural and fashion epicenter, that molded and shaped the current day Michael Alan Humphrey Sr., as well as Alan Michaels Design. But you can’t build ANYTHING without a foundation, so I am forever grateful to my family, hometown family in Greensboro, North Carolina (Greatest place to grow up in the world), my beloved NCA&T State University, Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.’s Alpha Nu Chapter, and United Institutional Baptist Church and Mount Zion Baptist Church, for being my foundation!

Thank you God for blessing me, and hold on world, “I’m just getting started!”

Michael Alan Humphrey Sr.



After teasing high fashion fans since May, Olivier Rousteing’s labor-of-love Balmain for H&M collection has finally landed in stores—and on the same day, is effectively out of stores. That’s right, mere hours (and in some cases minutes) after hitting the shelves at H&M’s retailer’s across the globe and being made available for purchase online, the entire men’s and women’s line is gone, save one single item (a basic ribbed white bandeau top, yours for $25 if you act fast).

But whew—in the short time span the collection was available, there was a novel’s worth of drama.

Early adopters of this designer capsule collection were certainly peeved this morning, as a massive influx of enthusiastic online shoppers caused H&M’s website to crashed almost instantly after the collection first went up for sale at 8 a.m. EST due to massive traffic volumes.

And while many a Balmain fanatic was freaking out over their laptops, even more shoppers were going ballistic in stores. There were literal stampedes, people. Shoppers reportedly camped outside certain H&M locations for days before the collection dropped, many of whom were turned away once the stores had been striped clean of any and all Balmain-fingerprinted items.

For those who were lucky enough to score items from the collection (and those who tried to get the clothes to no avail, there were some strong feelings. So of course, the next step was for everyone to vent their frustration vehement anger on Twitter.

“Devil is in the Details!!!”

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Some may consider this ‘Preppy’ style, and others may say ‘Classic’ style! I just call it ‘Style’, and it’s immaculate. I just had to share this photo of my boy, my brother, Michael C Thomas Bespoke, a fantastic custom clothier from Memphis, TN.

Michael is always exquisitely dressed and is truly one of my personal fashion icons, and a real master of his craft. Those of you working to ‘up your style game’, should take a close look at this ensemble, and pay close attention to the details.

Men’s suiting was once described to me through this parallel with fine art:

“Look at your jacket as the frame…The shirt is your canvas…and you paint with your neck-wear and accessories! Michael C. Thomas, affectionately know as ‘The Black Lion’, has done this to perfection.” Check out his emerald-green, notched lapel blazer, with large patch-pockets and gold button details. Most importantly look at the proportion and fit. The high arm-holes and narrow sleeves accentuate his svelte build, allowing the jacket to hug him like a glove. The accents of the pale pink shirt, vibrant green neck tie, simple white-cotton pocket square, daisy boutonniere, leather banded watch, multiple layered wrist jewelry, and gold signet-ring, all help to paint a dashing picture.

To top it all off, Michael ‘kills it’, by completing this look daringly, with trousers made in ‘Madras plaid’. The devil truly is in the details guys and girls, right down to Michael’s perfectly dimpled necktie, and appropriately angled tie-clip (never to be worn perfectly horizontal!)

This brother knows what he is doing, but he should… As I said, he is a master of his craft.


Great Fabrics used for J. Crews Ludlow Suit!

A great custom suit is not driven solely by the cut of the suit and/or it’s style and proportion.  At the base of a great custom menswear garment, is the fabrication.  What material, what fabric is used to create something of pure beauty, that will fit the body like a second skin.  With a world of exquisite fabrics to choose from, why not enjoy the freedom of selecting the fabric that most excites you, and involve yourself in the design process of your own custom garment.

This video show some of the key persons from the fabric mill of Vitale Barberis Cononico, Biella, Italia, discussing the heritage, quality and pride of their fabrics, and the importance of quality in dressing.  They produce a line of fabrics for J. Crew , which are utilized in the construction of J. Crew’s Ludlow suits, as well as a wide range of other fabrics used by tailors around the world.

Enjoy watching Italian craftsmanship and lineage at work, while hearing the praise for great suiting fabric, and praise for dressing well.


Michael Alan

Alan Michaels Design