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The Milano Heritage


When you buy a leotard from Milano you don’t get just a leotard. You get a piece of sporting history made with care and excellence in our own factory in the UK.


The Milano story began in 1991 when Paul and Lesley Pendergest were launching a range of Aerobic and swim wear and were asked if they could make Gymnastic Leotards. The rest, as they say, is history. With Lesley’s experience as a designer with companies such as Speedo, allied to Paul’s business skills, Milano Pro Sport was born, bringing a completely new, fashionable design flair to the sport that gave unequalled fit and performance.


An audacious bid for the contract to supply all the kit for British Gymnastics in 1996 announced Milano’s arrival on the world stage, and 15 years on, the company is still supplying BGA, having kitted them out for 3 Olympic Games and numerous World, European and other Championships. Milano was worn on the podium for the first ever World Championship Gold medal won by a British gymnast when Beth Tweddle triumphed in bars in 2006, and the first Olympic medal for 100 years when Lewis Smith took Bronze on Pommel in Beijing. Milano has been proud to be a part of the emergence of British Gymnastics as a world power in the sport, with spectacular leotards that performed as good as they looked.


Other countries followed and during the last 16 years Milano have kitted out another 16 International gymnastic teams, including the Russian team at the Beijing Olympics.


Further afield, Milano has taken on special commissions which has included athletics kit for Linford Christie at the Commonwealth Games, the beautiful range of costumes used by Britain’s Got Talent winners, Spellbound highlighted by the stunning outfits worn at the Help for Heroes Concert performance with Kathryn Jenkins, Beth Tweddle’s remarkable Tuxedo leotard for the Sports Personality of the Year Awards and commissions for a host of television special events and celebrities.


Never a company to rest on its laurels, Milano now produces a unique range of cycle wear through its subsidiary company, Jensen, and is about to launch a fantastic new Collection for Cheerleading, all made here in Preston.


Milano remains a family run business and still has the drive to design the most amazing leotards and costumes, whatever the occasion. A commitment to providing the most exciting designs at the highest standard for the best gymnasts in the world has taken the Milano design team across the globe to inspire new Collections and source quality materials that meet the growing demands of top performing Gymnasts.

When you step up to perform in a Milano leotard not only will you look great in an exquisite design, you can have the confidence that you are wearing a leotard honed to perfection in world class performance.