Sparks & Ellis – the Phoenix of the uniform industry

Little did anyone know when, in October last year, South Africa’s leading uniform manufacturer and pioneer of the top-to-toe uniform celebrated its 90th anniversary and made the bold move to relocate its premises from its long-standing address in Woodstock, that disaster was about to strike. Just two months after moving into its new state-of the-art warehouse in Montague Gardens, the Sparks & Ellis premises went up in flames, having been packed with stock and new ranges. Literally, thousands upon thousands of metres of fabric went up in smoke.
But, true to form, the Sparks & Ellis team immediately stepped into action, dusted themselves off and arranged a temporary workspace so that they could meet all their customer orders. Parent company, Cape Union Mart also came to the rescue and had been housing Sparks & Ellis since the fire and helped a great deal to keep the country’s oldest and most prestigious uniform manufacturer in business.

Having risen from the ashes and prevailed during a very difficult period, Sparks has just moved into new premises in the same business park – Phumelela Park, in Montague Gardens.

Managing Director, Sue de Wet says: “Of course this has been a challenging few months for us, but with the support of Cape Union Mart, our long-standing suppliers and, most importantly, our customers, we have come out stronger than ever, and we have surely now proved that our uncompromised dedication and commitment to the business is unwavering.

“I am exceedingly proud of how our people rallied to overcome a potentially disastrous situation and I am humbled by their utter faith and hard work. They have left no stone unturned in their service to the business and to our customers and for that we are eternally grateful.

“We look forward to a successful year ahead and to welcoming our customers to our new premises. Now we can focus on the future with optimism and offer even more great products and service.”

New address details:
Sparks & Ellis Uniforms
Unit 9B, Phumelela Park
Montague Drive
Montague Gardens
Cape Town

For further enquires and placement of orders please call a sales representative on 021 404 1240 or email