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This book documents the growth of the tailoring industry in Leeds from remarkably small beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century. Developments in manufacturing and innovations in retailing practices brought spectacular success, but beginning in the 1960s, the industry suffered an equally dramatic decline caused by managerial failure to invest in human resources and by competition from cheap imports.
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Katrina Honeyman is at University of Leeds.Review:
`a lively and well researched book.' Geoffrey Owen, FT 7/11/00.
--Geoffrey Owen, FT 7/11/00
`As an explanation of the changing fortunes of the Leeds clothing industry Honeyman's account is effective...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' John Singleton, Business History
--John Singleton, Business History
`throws new light upon the historical role of the business suit...fills a major gap in the literature of economic and social history ... the work will be widely welcomed by historians of all persuasions...a fascinating survey' Northern History, XXXVIII
--Northern History, XXXVIII
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