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About us

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Gandolfi, a small family-run business, has been proudly owned and operated by the Gandolfi family for three generations. Entirely run by a dedicated team of five, we handle every aspect of our operations, from crafting shoes to managing the website, all from our factory in Wellingborough.

Our team works diligently to create dancewear that not only looks exceptional but also provides dancers with optimal comfort and functionality. We cut, sew, assemble and finish every Gandolfi garment and pair of shoes in-house.

Our hands-on approach allows us to maintain consistency, attention to detail, and the ability to tailor our products to meet the specific needs of dancers.

All Gandolfi pieces are 100% made in the UK. Our team works meticulously to craft each item, ensuring that every piece reflects the exceptional standards associated with British craftsmanship.

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We take great pride in hand-making our items in the UK. When you choose to buy from us, you're not only getting access to high-quality and unique dancewear, but you're also supporting a small family business. 

By consciously choosing to support local businesses like us, you're making a positive impact in multiple ways:

  • Your purchase helps us pay our staff fair, local wages, ensuring their livelihoods and the preservation of valuable skills within the community.

  • Additionally, it contributes to a more sustainable approach to shopping by reducing carbon emissions associated with long-distance shipping.

  • Furthermore, you can enjoy the confidence of knowing that you're investing in high-quality products made to last and made with care.

We're grateful for the opportunity to serve you and appreciate your decision to support local UK businesses like us.

Our History

Early 20th Century

Carlo Gandolfi, an Italian immigrant and his English wife Elizabeth opened their first shop in Paddington, London. They started by manufacturing handmade tap and ballet shoes.

Late 1920s

The business began growing and in the late twenties, the shop was moved to Chapel Street/Edgware Road.

1949

Our iconic London shop at 150 Marylebone Road was opened.

By that time, Gandolfi was a complete family affair and all four children: Yolanda, Valentino, Mario and Giovanni were involved. They had all been growing up, chipping in to help the family business. Yolanda did the accounts, Valentino specialised in shoes, and Mario and Giovanni were the salesmen.

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1952

We opened our first big factory in Hemel Hempstead and for 30 years all the shoes were manufactured there.

1983

It became worthwhile for the factory to move to a freehold site in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, where it remains today.

2000

After the death of Giovanni Gandolfi in January, the family business was passed over to Derek Gandolfi (Carlo and Elizabeth Gandolfi's grandson and Valentino Gandolfi's son), leaving the business within the family for the third generation.

Today

Our story continues...

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