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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 unequaled fit and performance.
In 1996 An audacious bid for the contract to supply all the kit for British Gymnastics announced Milano’s arrival on the world stage, and over 20 years the company kitted them out for 4 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, the first Olympic medal for 100 years when Lewis Smith took Bronze on Pommel in Beijing and the first Gold medals won by Max Whitlock in Rio 2016. 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.
From Strength to Strength
Russian Gymnastic Team
Other countries followed and during the last 20 years Milano have kitted out another 16 International gymnastic teams, including the Russian and Romanian teams at the Rio 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 Katherine 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 launched a range of unique cycle wear for both individuals and clubs combining the best fabrics with innovative and sometimes quirky designs.
An amazing collection of Cheerleading uniforms has pushed Milano to the forefront of Cheer kit with the same outstanding design, quality and speed of delivery making them the first choice for UK Cheerleading Teams.
True to Our Roots
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. And the same fabrics, attention to detail and innovative designs are applied to every order, whether that be a school taking the first steps into gymnastics or an elite Club we will make something to suit. Whatever the budget, wherever in the World, Milano can supply you directly from the factory so you have the best leotards at the best price delivered to your door in the shortest time.
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.