Michael Pendlebury

Michael Pendlebury – Tailoring Profile

Michael was born in Salford, Manchester back in 1982.

With a passion for mens fashion from a young age and growing up with a tailoring father it was clear from an early age Michael was going to be following his father’s tailoring foot steps.

Working for the family business part time after high school and weekends where possible, Michael left high school age 16 and went into his apprenticeship under the watchful eye of his father.

Michael with mother and father, Elaine and James Pendlebury.

The late 1990’s had a great new feel for British tailoring industry with fashion designers such as Oswald Boatang, Alexander Mc Queen, Paul Smith, Ted Baker, bringing out some really interesting suit designs made with some unique fabrics we hadn’t seen before.

Michael follows the fashion trends, as he still does today and brought James Personal Tailor & Son up to date with the latest fabrics from Scabal, Savile Row of London.

Scabal have an amazing history going back to 1938.

Michael worked with Scabal on stocking all the complete range of fabrics that the mill produces. Michael has managed to retain this close relationship with Robert Oakes head of Scabal sales in the UK. James Personal Tailor & Son are one of only a handful of tailors ‘off the Row’ who have the complete Scabal fabric collection.

Michael with Scabal head of sales, Robert Oakes.

Keeping up to date with the very latest fashion trends through fashion events, social media, magazine’s, television and films such as Suits, Board Walk Empire, The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Great Gatsby, Peaky Blinders etc… all of which show case some superb tailoring and on occasion fabric supplied by Scabal. Michael has built up a vast knowledge of contemporary suit style and fabrics.

Michael works on ‘ the bench ‘ with his father and also looks after the suit alteration side of the business.

Career Highlights

Michael has been featured in Cranes business magazine focusing on young businessman bucking the trend over the last recession.


Popular mens fashion magazine GQ

Northern Stars feature on unique business’s in the North of England


Michael was asked to be a part of Channel 4’s new vintage clothing program called This Old Thing with Dawn O’Porter.

This was a six part series involving vintage tailoring to suits, shirts, skirts, dresses etc…

In the below video shows Michael doing a quick tapering jeans video explaining how to do this if at home with limited sewing skills.


Michael was featured with his father James to come and have a talk about bespoke tailoring and James Personal Tailor & Son. The interview was hosted by Ted Robbins at BBC Radio Lancashire.


Michael has been the chosen tailor by Manchester United Football Club since 2003 for all there suits requirements.

Over the years Hugo Boss and currently Paul Smith supply with main team suits which Michael helps oversee on a monthly visit to the training ground at Carrington to ensure the team suits are a perfect fitment. From this close relationship he has personally tailored on a one to one basis for the majority of the players and coaching staff.


Michael with Cristiano Ronaldo on a bespoke suit fitting at his home in Cheshire.


Regular visits to Carrington training ground to look after the players suits.


Michael with Ryan Giggs in the player lounge at Old Trafford.


Michael with Sir Alex at Carrington training ground.


With Juan Mata on a suit fitting day at Carrington.


Michael with Rio Ferdinand on a suit fitting at Carrington training ground.


Remembering customer and friend, busby babe Albert Scanlon.


İlkay Gündoğan smart suit
İlkay Gündoğan of Manchester City on a suit fitting with Michael.


Michael on set with actor Paul Anderson, Peaky Blinders character Arthur Shelby.


Michael with UFC champion Conor McGregor.


Michael with actor John Bradley West from Game of Thrones.


Michael has also been tailoring for well known British bespoke shoe maker Jeffery West

They have a stunning shop in the Barton Arcade just off Deansgate, Manchester city centre. 5 mins walk from out shop.

There shoes are bench made in Northampton to the highest standards, made by hand in England.

Check out there wonderful website for more information www.jeffery-west.co.uk

How more British can you get?


Michael is a keen car collector and motoring enthusiast.

Swettenham Arms Italian car meet in Cheshire.

Geneva motorshow 2019 – Pagani stand

Michael with his daughter Gabriella at the annual Porsche’s on the prom, Llandudno.

Michael at the annual Summer BBQ at luxury car dealer Tom Hartley.

He lives in Worsley with his wife and two children