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The history of Sanders Menswear…

Our company history - from our early beginnings through to the present day…

Here we delve into the history of Sanders Menswear where you can discover how and where it all began for us together with how our company has progressed and developed through the years, from our humble early beginnings, right through to the present day, over three-quarters of a century on, and going stronger than ever before!

Early Beginnings…

Sanders Menswear opened in May of 1935, a year that saw T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) die, the release of the classic and ever popular board game Monopoly, as well as the release of the first ever Penguin paperback book, in a year when Persia also became known as Iran.

The business was opened by Mr G C Sanders, who at the age of just ten years old, lost both his parents and had to move to Birmingham to live with a sister.

At the age of just fourteen, Mr G C Sanders managed to gain employment with Foster Bros Menswear, and eventually came to live in Heanor in Derbyshire to serve as manager of the Foster Bros Menswear branch there.

Together with the financial help of his wife, Mr G C Sanders managed to open the Eastwood branch of Sanders Menswear in Nottinghamshire.

Building on foundations…

After the difficult years of the Second World War, the present Eastwood branch of Sanders Menswear was purchased in 1960.

Subsequently, a further shop, positioned in a prominent high street location situated in the nearby local town of Alfreton in Derbyshire was added to form a solid portfolio of local Menswear and Formal Suit Hire wear shops.

Over 80 years later and still going strong!

Mr Brian Sanders, and then subsequently, Mr Robert Sanders became managing directors of the family firm, which as at the time of writing this, spans some 80 years.

And still Sanders Menswear and our high street menswear shops in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire and Alfreton, Derbyshire together with our ever increasing online presence and online shop are moving from strength to strength as we begin to embrace the world of ecommerce, providing us with a global online retail presence.

Embracing the future…

And indeed moving from strength to strength is something that we hope to continue to do for many a year to come yet here at Sanders Menswear, as we embrace technological advances and changes that can only help improve our business.

We are all looking forward to what the future holds and the opportunities it may bring with a great deal of positivity and enthusiasm.

That wraps up our look at the history of Sanders Menswear, we hope you enjoyed reading it and found it interesting, we hope to be able to add some additional detail regarding our history and the journey to where we are now in the not too distant future.