James was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire. He worked as a glazier and joiner until 2014 then moved to London to Study Furniture at The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art.
He founded the 'Teak, Vintage Living', Saltaire, West Yorkshire, 2012-14 and 'The Good Son', online and pop up store specialising in mid-century furniture sale and restoration, 2016 to present.
James won the Worshipful Company Awards for Furniture Design and Craft - The Furniture Makers’ Company, 2016.
He has a dry sense of humour.