James Pendlebury

James Pendlebury – Tailoring Profile

James was born in Salford, Manchester back in 1943 just before the end of the second world war.

He has always had a passion for fine suits and tailoring from an early age, studying both at collage and under Savile Row trained bespoke tailor for many years in his 20’s until he was ready to set up on his own age 30.

His first shop was in Little Lever, Bolton back in 1973.

After three happy years here it was time to move premises to Manchester city centre. In 1976 he moved on to Corporation Street into the ‘big’ city of Manchester.

The business was expanding with taking on new clients along with the building he was in being due for renovation he decided it was time to move, only a few streets down on what is now the front of the Triangle building. This used to be known as the Corn Exchange building.

It was a beautiful shop with a wrought iron spiral stair case, leading to a mezzanine floor workshop area, it was a perfect setting for a bespoke tailoring shop. But unfortunately in 1996 the IRA Manchester bomb devastated the city centre and the shop was destroyed.

The James Personal Tailor Morris Minor delivery van outside the old shop. Picture was from early 1990s.

After much searching within only three months of the IRA bomb, he found a stunning grade 2 listed building with a work shop / consulting rooms, right in the very heart of Manchester city centre banking and exclusive shopping area of King Street and Cross Street.

This has been the home to James Personal Tailor & Son ever since. With its vintage period looks the building is a perfect back drop for a traditional English tailors.

Below is some old footage from our archives Michael found of James from the 1980s in the shop with his fellow tailor, John Doyle.

The Mike Tyson suit story – when James met him and made a bespoke suit for his bodyguard Julius James.
Manchester Evening News featured the story, by Robert Meakin.

James over the years made bespoke suits for footballing legend George Best

George Best Smart Suit
George Best with James Pendlebury, James Personal Tailor & Son customer for many years.
George Best famous champagne picture

Below is a short video with James talking of how he became his tailor via being mutual friends with Mike Summerbee of Manchester City.