ABOUT US

Salters

Welcome to the on line store of Salters. Rugby leading clothing store since 1885.

Menswear

Browse our menswear department. Aimed at the man who likes the fit and quality of a garment designed by like minded individuals.

We try to stock the clothes you want, not just follow the multiples on the High Street

Rugby School Uniform

For all uniform and sportswear with a free name tagging service.

We have been supplying Rugby School uniform for over 100 years. Available both here on line or from our High Street shop.

Mens Gifts

A solution to the age old problem….buying presents for the man in your life.

Look no further as we have a fantastic range of gift for him.

Suit Hire

Our Suit Hire department was established in 1999. With all the suits, waistcoats and accessories in stock it has gone from strength to strength.

If you are looking for Wedding, Evening or Prom Suits call in to view our great range.

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturdays 9am - 5.30pm

History

History

Arthur George Salter purchased the menswear business from Mrs Griffin on 28th January 1885 at a cost of £560 4s 10d (that's 560 pounds, 4 shillings and 10 pennies).

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The first week's trading saw sales of £3 7s 91/2d, with expenses of only 10s. Within three years, taking averaged over £20 per week.


Prior to Mrs Griffin, the business was owned by Mr Nixon. It was during this time that the shop was mentioned in the novel "Tom Brown's School Days". Salters continues to enjoy the long association with Rugby School.


Quote from Tom Brown's School Days

Quote from Tom Brown's School Days


Tom thought his cap a very knowing affair, but confessed that he had a hat in his hat-box; which was accordingly at once extracted from the hind-boot, and Tom equipped in his go-to- meeting roof, as his new friend called it. But this didn't quite suit his fastidious taste in another minute, being too shiny; so, as they walk up the town, they dive into Nixon's the hatter's, and Tom is arrayed, to his utter astonishment, and without paying for it, in a regulation cat-skin at seven-and- sixpence, Nixon undertaking to send the best hat up to the matron's room, School-house, in half an hour.
"You can send in a note for a tile on Monday, and make it all right, you know," said Mentor; "we're allowed two seven-and- sixers a half, besides what we bring from home."

Shop front in the 1890's

Shop front in the 1890's

As you can see, the shop's facade has changed very little in the intervening years. This picture was taken in the late 1800's. Arthur is shown here with his son Aubrey who took over and ran the business until his death in 1952.

Salters today

Salters today

It was at this point that his son, Alan Salter, picked up the reins and embarked on a program of expansion, enlarging the sales area by adding a second selling floor. After his sudden and untimely death aged only 41, his wife, Elizabeth, carried on the good work.


Today the shop is under the direction of the family’s fourth generation, Andrew Salter. Along with menswear, Salters continues to be the main uniform supplier to Rugby School. A formal Suit Hire showroom has been added on the 1st floor

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