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Sanders

Sanders

The history of Sanders&Sanders dates back to 1873.
William Benjamin Sanders was at this time apprenticing in boot and shoemaking in his hometown Rushden, Northamptonshire. He gathered more experience of the trade while working as a shoe clicker in London. When his apprenticeship completed in 1871 he returned to Rushden with the ambition of starting his own shoe making company, and had included his brother Thomas in his vision. They opened a workshop in the centre of town, employed a few craftsmen, and by 1873 the Sanders Bros. Shoe Company was founded.

Orders were increasing...


Merz b. Schwanen

Merz b. Schwanen

When Peter Plotnicki, a professional designer and men’s tailor, first held the old worker shirt in the flee market he was immediately fascinated. The inserts under the arms, the intricate label and the lack of lateral seams. He knows instantly that the Workmans shirt from 1911 is a very special piece, a piece that will alter the course of his life.

As Peter and his wife Gitta start researching the origin of the garment they come up on a textile industry one and a half century old in the Swabian Jura.


Our Friends, IVN Laundry

Our Friends, IVN Laundry

Founded by two brothers in 1987, we opened our doors in an area strongly influenced by the textile sector - Fradelos - a village 30 km from the city of Porto, in Portugal. We were one of the first industrial laundries in the Iberian Peninsula and were part of a new generation of textile industries that began operating in Portugal at that time. With only two washing machines, the first thing we washed were our famous dungarees.

They were so successful that, three years later, we moved to facilities that were five times the size where...


Our Friends, Lisama

Our Friends, Lisama

Lisama was founded in 1981 by two family members who had some experience in the textile industry. They were also founders of another company called, Modisil. Lisama was a very small factory with just a few workers, working as a subcontractor for Modisil.

In 1983, Mr. Abraão Fertuzinhos and Mr. João Alberto Leite Ferreira founded the company Realmalhas, also dedicated to manufacturing clothes, being a supplier for Modisil.

The late 1980s were difficult for companies in the textile industry. The scenario was pessimistic. Regardless of this scenario, Mr. Abraão Fertuzinhos tried to...


Our Friends, Candiani Denim

Our Friends, Candiani Denim

Candiani Denim was established in 1938 in a tiny town near Milano and is a family-run company ever since.

In 75 years of experience the enterprise grew to become the World's finest and most sustainable denim mill creating the fabrics that gave birth to the Premium Denim Industry.

Candiani firmly believes in the importance of Made in Italy, Sustainability and Innovation, values that are deeply woven into each fabric conferring inimitable quality and uniqueness to it.

Today Candiani is known as the greenest textile company in the blue World and produces for...