The follow pages contain a small teaser from the forethcoming book
Harry Gordon Selfidge was a dapper man with an excess of enthusiasm and confidence. He was polite and charming with a penchant for beautiful women, gambling and showmanship. For him shopping should be an experience, a day out, an event. The more that come along for the ride the better. His colleagues respected and admired him. He was an inspiration to those around him. He was a leader, a visionary and a pioneer that at the age of 50 entered in to his finest hour.
In the 50 years before setting up his own department store in London he had been hugely successful with the massive Chicago store Field, Leiter & Co. His obvious talent and natural understand of retail resulted in him quickly going up the ranks. He introduced many innovations, including most notabledly a restaurant, all of which result in an increase in the botton line. With this experience, knowledge and inspiration of how department stores were in Paris he was sure that London was the need of a new department store. So in 1906 he arrived in London with one thing on his mind.
His story is brilliant and is now (2013) a televised drama - Mr. Selfridge - created by those that created Downtown Abbey.