Strand Outfitters is one of the Eastern Capes leading Menswear and Schoolwear retail stores. For over 100 years Strand Outfitters has been providing clothing brands of the finest quality to the people of East London. We also offer a Suit Hire service with a wide variety of suit styles and accessories to choose from.


Humble beginnings in the Strand Hotel in 1920

Frank Hunter had come out to South Africa from London in 1900 to work at Gibbard and Bryant in East London. He had previously worked as an apprentice at a large department store in London.

In 1904 Frank opened his first store Hunter and Co, a drapery store in upper Oxford Street in East London. His fiancé Alice joined him from England and they were married that year.

In 1909 Hunter and Co expanded and moved to 116 Oxford Street (the site currently occupied by the Strand Outfitters Oxford Street branch). Mr King joined the business as a partner and the business was renamed Hunter and Kings Drapery Store.
In 1914 Frank and Alice returned to their and the family returned to England for one year to see family and to do buying for the firm. In August 1914 War was declared by Britian on Germany. Frank decided to join the war effort and dissolve his partnership with Mr King. Frank worked in a warehouse handling cloth for the uniform of the fighting forces.

In 1917 the family returned to South Africa unfortunately Frank never received his share of the capital of Hunter and Kings and the business had been closed while he was in England. Frank worked as general manger of Baker King and Co in King Williams Town until 1923.

Strand Outfitters East London

As appeared in the Daily Dispatch on
Friday, 29 January 1909