The making of cloth as a central element within industrialization has been the subject of intense scrutiny, yet the industry that created garments from that cloth has been largely neglected. This book remedies this neglect through a study of the Leeds tailoring trade. Leeds occupies a special place in the history of the UK clothing industry: by the outbreak of the First World War it had become the nation's foremost producer of menswear, and the city remained the production and distribution centre for men's tailoring until the 1980s. The tailoring industry in Leeds evolved from remarkably small beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century. Developments in manufacturing, and innovations in retailing practices, brought spectacular success, but from the 1960s, the industry suffered an equally dramatic decline, caused by managerial failure to invest in human resources and by competition from cheap imports. Honeyman presents an engrossing story of an industry's rise and fall, charting the history of such familiar household names as Burton, Hepworth, Price, and Collier.
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An impressive range of sources ... a fascinating, thorough and well produced book. Well Suited's wide scope will appeal to a range of historians - those interested in costume and textiles, gender, Jewish history, economics and business as well as Leeds residents for whom, even if they were not dependent on it, the clothing industry provided a backdrop to everyday life for much of the twentieth century. ( Costume Society)
This is a tale of one city, a comprehensive account of an industry extraordinarily important to the economy of Leeds for over a century. But while the book focuses on this national centre of clothing manufacture, the issues considered are anything but parochial. ( Costume Society)
A most useful point of reference. ( English Historical Review)
A fascinating survey ... fills a major gap in the literature of economic and social history ... the work will be widely welcomed by historians of all persuasions. ( Northern History)
The book is attractively illustrated with maps and photographs of old Leeds. The appendix provides summary information on the histories of a considerable number of Leeds clothing firms, and will be of great assistance to future researchers ... As an explanation of the changing fortunes of the Leeds clothing industry Honeyman's account is effective. ( Business History)
A lively and well researched book. ( Geoffrey Owen, Financial Times)
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Descrizione libro OUP Oxford, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used; Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. This book is in good condition but will show signs of previous ownership. Please expect some creasing to the spine and/or minor damage to the cover. Codice libro della libreria CHL1946773