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Shopping, seduction & Mr Selfridge

Author: Lindy Woodhead
Publisher: London : Profile, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When the visionary American retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge, rightfully known as 'the showman of shopping', moved from Chicago to open his eponymous store in Oxford Street, he brought with him his heartfelt belief in the sex appeal of shopping." "In the process Selfridge became rich and famous, But his weakness for high living: fast women, grand houses, extravagant entertaining and an insatiable addiction to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: H Gordon Selfridge; H Gordon Selfridge
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lindy Woodhead
ISBN: 9781861978882 186197888X
OCLC Number: 155688559
Description: x, 310 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Consuming Passions --
1. The Fortunes of War --
2. Giving the Ladies What They Want --
3. The Customer is Always Right --
4. Full Speed Ahead --
5. Going It Alone --
6. Building the Dream --
7. Take-off --
8. Lighting up the Night --
9. War Work, War Play --
10. Castles in the Air --
11. Vices and Virtues --
12. Making Waves --
13. Tout Va --
14. Flights of Fancy --
15. Over and Out --
16. Fast Forward.
Responsibility: Lindy Woodhead.

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The men who created the first department stores made vast fortunes, but no one grasped the concept of consumption as a sensual female entertainment better than the maverick American retailer Harry  Read more...

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Selfridge was a man ahead of his time, an accelerator of change, and he deserves to be remembered as the man who put the fun on to the shop floor and the sex appeal in to shopping. Sunday Express Read more...

 
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