Monthly Archives: January 2017

Charles Morrison’s Diary, 1 to 14 February 1864

Monday 1st February I had a letter from John Robertson Portree. At night I was hearing Mr. Adam’s lecture on Chemistry. I then went home with Christina Tuesday 2nd February I went to see the factor about M. McDonald’s shop … Continue reading

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The Story of Montague Burton – the Tailor of Taste

Introduction Montague Burton was not the first to establish a successful chain of tailor’s shops throughout Britain: Joseph Hepworth and his son Norris had opened their first shops in 1884. Nevertheless, between the 1920s and the 1960s, Burton was the … Continue reading

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Burton’s ‘Modern Temples of Commerce’

Montague Burton began to build new shops – ‘modern temples of commerce’ – around 1923, when he had amassed around 200 branches. The next year the company opened in a wing of Woolworth’s new superstore in Liverpool where Burton’s architect, Harry Wilson, … Continue reading

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A Spotter’s Guide to Montague Burton – the Tailor of Taste, Part 2

Art Deco Motifs Burton’s architect, Harry Wilson, had fully embraced art deco by 1930 and seems to have had great fun dressing façades in variants of this popular style. This involved the application of stylised geometric motifs, sometimes in profusion. By … Continue reading

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A Spotter’s Guide to Montague Burton – the Tailor of Taste, Part 1

‘The Tailor of Taste’ When Montague Burton became a limited company in 1917, it was registered as ‘Montague Burton the Tailor of Taste Ltd’. The slogan, as part of Burton’s name, formed part of firm’s logo, appearing on fascias, parapets, … Continue reading

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The Legacy of J. Hepworth & Son

For a full century, between 1884 and 1985, Hepworth’s was a thriving national chain of men’s tailoring shops, specialising in ready-made and made-to-measure suits. Rivals in the same field were Montague Burton, Henry Price The Fifty Shilling Tailor (later John … Continue reading

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Charles Morrison’s Diary, 15 to 31 January 1864

Friday 15th January I was in the office today seeing about a shop and I also wrote Murdo McDonald. Not very busy. James R. McIver was buried at Gress. Saturday 16th January I met Murdo McDonald and spoke to him … Continue reading

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