Sanders & Sanders Ltd. (or Sander Bros. as it was first named) was established in 1873 by Brothers William and Thomas Sanders of Rushden, Northamptonshire. William Benjamin Sanders was apprenticed to the shoe and boot trade as a lad, and then went on to working in London as clicker before returning to Rushden in 1871 at the end of the Franco Prussian War, with the vision of setting up his own shoemaking business with his brother.
Profiting through misfortune, the Sanders brothers went on to rebuilding the factory in the most modern, up to date style inside and out and installed the latest B.U machinery. Mr William Sanders was said to of referred to it as his ‘model factory’. The factory was also extended on either side, with a closing and despatch department meaning that the whole process could be done under one roof, which was a first at the present time.
However a year after this ordeal, Mr William Sanders retired leaving the Business in the hands of his three sons, William, Thomas and Leslie.Today, Sanders & Sanders remains in the same factory on Spencer road as it has done for the past century, and is known throughout the world as the very best in English elegance, and exports to over thirty countries across five continents.