When Harry Voller left school, he learned the strength sapping art of corset making at Totterdell and Sons in Portsmouth.
He started his corset business in 1899 with his wife Nelly who was already a competent corsetiere. Harry’s first records, in a 1/6d ledger, show that he bought needles for a few coppers, suspenders for 6d, a supply of whalebone for 7/-, lamps and oil for 2/- and he spent 5/- on coal for the work room.
On his very first day of business he took three shillings and by the end of the first week he had taken £1.2.9d. In the second week he took no money at all!
The business has been in the same family for over 100 years and goes from strength to strength during changing times. Corsets can be traced back to 2000BC. Vollers is the only company that has access to the founders patterns that date back over 100 years.
Ian Voller is the fourth generation of the Voller family to own the business, having taken over the company together with his wife Corina from his uncle in 1991.
Quality is of paramount importance and every corset is made in Vollers Portsmouth factory by very experienced staff and undergoes a rigorous inspection process, to ensure customers receive the high quality garment they have ordered.