|About the Book|
The making of cloth as a central element within industrialization has been the subject of 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 World War I it had become the nations foremost producer of menswear, and the city remained the production and distribution centre for mens tailoring until the 1980s. This book documents the growth of the tailoring industry in Leeds from remarkably small beginnings in the mid-19th 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. Katrina Honeyman presents an engrossing story of an industrys rise and fall, charting the history of such familiar household names as Burton, Hepworth, Price and Collier.