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James Personal Tailor & Son - A Bespoke Tailoring History

James Personal Tailor - James Pendlebury - Master Tailor


James Personal Tailor was established in 1973 by James Pendlebury of Manchester.After many years during the mid to late 1960's as an apprentice bespoke tailor serving under master Savile Row trained tailors. It was time to open his first tailoring business in the spring of 1973 and this first premises was at Little Lever in Bolton.Then after two years at Little Lever and gaining a large customer base, it was time to move onto premises to Manchester city centre. His first Manchester city centre tailoring business was at Corporation Street opposite the Co operative bank. Then in 1988 after many a happy year gaining a good customer basis in the city, it was time to move to larger premises at Hanging Ditch on the front of the Corn Exchange building. This has now changed to the triangle after it was unfortunately destroyed in the Manchester bomb. After this tragic event he moved the business to the current premises at James Binney House, Cross Street where he has been trading since 1996.
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James & Michael Pendlebury at Savile Row London

Savile Row trip 2007

In 1999 James's son Michael Pendlebury joined the business to train in the foot steps of his father and in doing so he brought a new modern slant on the latest fashion trends.

Introducing an array of colourful linings to complement the choice of suitings together with his father they also created a more updated closer fitted bespoke suit for the younger clientele.


The Savile Row Connection

Savile Row London

Michael had worked with Savile Row cloth merchants Scabal over the past 13 years to ensure all the latest exclusive designs are in store for customers of James Personal Tailor & Son. Some of the ranges we have are exclusive to only a selected few bespoke tailors off 'The Row'.


Bespoke Tailoring Media Features


GQ November 2004 'Mad for Manchester' Menswear Tailoring Feature

GQ Magazine November 2004


GQ January 2010 'Northern Stars' Essential Guide - North of England Tailoring Feature

GQ Magazine January 2007


February 2009, James And Michael Pendlebury were invited down to BBC Radio Lancashire, for a discussion about mens bespoke tailoring. The interview was hosted by Ted robbins

James & Michael Pendlebury BBC Radio - Bespoke Tailoring In Manchester

Please click on the button below to listen to the BBC radio interview


Below is an interesting short video on the story of how James became George Best's last tailor.




We offer classic mens English bespoke tailoring with either a modern or more traditional classic cut which will be fitting to your requirements.

Classic yet contemporary designs                                   


Hand crafted suitsWith over 41 years experience James has hand crafted the most stunning mens bespoke suits with utmost care and attention to detail.

We are one of the few remaining mens bespoke tailors in the North West of England who still use a floating horse hair canvas chest piece. This internal canvas ensures a far superior finish when compared with made to measure suits on offer.





Canvas fitting stage of a bespoke jacket

Hand crafted suitsOver two thousand hand stitches go into every bespoke suit, hand crafted to up most perfection.






Our unique traditional consultation room, welcomes clients of all ages to discuss their personal requirements in a warm, informal, relaxed atmosphere.

James Personal Tailor - Bespoke Manchester Tailors

Traditional Tailors Consultation Rooms

James Binney House Manchester

With a huge array of materials to choose from including mohair, cashmere, merino wool, Harris Tweed, Reid & Taylor, pure wool, silk linings, all supplied by the top cloth manufactures including Scabal, Wain Sheill, Dormeuil, Holland & Sherry, Dugdale, e.t.c......

For more information please visit,

Scabal - www.scabal.co.uk

Dugdale Bros - www.dugdalebros.com

Holland & Sherry - www.hollandandsherry.co.uk

Dormeuil - www.dormeuil.com

Huge stocks of suit fabrics, rare and unusual suitings are kept in stock, we travel to the mills in Yorkshire every three months and take a small selection of these hard to find designs and patterns.

James Personal Tailor & Son

'The Home Of Bespoke Mens Suit Tailoring'


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