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1 Bata, Thomas J. With Sonja Sinclair. BATA: SHOEMAKER TO THE WORLD.
Toronto Stoddart 1990 0773724168 / 9780773724167 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
341 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. "In 1932, when young Tom Bata watched his father's coffin being lowered into his grave, he silently promised to abide by the wishes expressed in his father's 'moral testament': that the Bata Shoe Company was to be treated not as a source of private wealth, but as a public trust, a means of improving the liviing standards within the community and providing customers with good value for their money. At the time, Tom had no idea of the challenges he would face in fulfilling that promise. Not only was he ill-equipped, at age eighteen, to step into the shoes of an acknowledged business genius, creator of the largest shoe manufacturing and retailing organization in the world. Worse than that, fate was about to deal him a series of painful blows. The subjugation of his homeland, Czechoslovakia, by the Nazis was followed by an acrimonious family rift, the expropriation by Communist regimes of all his holdings in Eastern and Central Europe and, in other parts of the world, economic and political upheavals that threatened the survival of the newly resuscitated Bata organization. Yet Bata actually thrived on the sudden change and adversity. From his new home base in Canada he built, this side of the Iron Curtain, a global empire that employs 70,000 people and plays an important part in the economies of many developing countries. (This) is the story of the man, his family and their business." Remainder mark (dot) on bottom of text block, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and at top of rear flap, very light rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
2 Bergstein, Rachelle. WOMEN FROM THE ANKLE DOWN: THE STORY OF SHOES AND HOW THEY DEFINE US.
New York Harper 2012 0061969613 / 9780061969614 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Nami Matsuo Scott. 
284 pp, 9 1/4" H. Small b&w illustrations. "What is it about a pair of shoes that so enchants women of all ages, demographics, political affiliations, and style tribes? Part social history, part fashion record, part pop-culture celebration, (this book) seeks to answer that question as it unfolds the story of shoes in the twentieth century. The tale begins in the rural village of Bonito, Italy, with a visionary young shoe-maker named Salvatore Ferragamo and ends in New York City with a fictional socialite and trend-setter named Carrie Bradshaw. Along the way it stops in Hollywood, where Judy Garland first slipped on her ruby slippers; New Jersey, where Nancy Sinatra heard something special in a song about boots; and the streets of Manhattan, where a transit-worker strike propelled women to step into cutting-edge athletic shoes. Beginnng with the well-heeled suffragettes in the 1910s, women have fought for greater freedom and mobility, a struggle that exploded in the 1960s with the women's liberation move-ment and culminated in the new millenium with our devotion to personal choice. Featuring interviews with designers, historians, and cultural experts, and a cast of real-life characters, from Marilyn Monroe to Jane Fonda, from Gwen Stefani to Manolo Blahnik, (it) is a lively, compelling look at the evolution of modern woman and the fashion that reflects - and has shaped - their lives." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine - also tiny tear at top of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling at top of hinges, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
3 Wells, Jennifer. (Murray Pezim.) THE PEZ: THE MANIC LIFE OF THE ULTIMATE PROMOTER.
Toronto Macfarlane Walter & Ross 1991 092191220X / 9780921912200 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
277 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. "Murray Pezim has made some people phenomenally rich (himself included), and left others flat broke (himself included). Canada's most influential stock promoter, he stubbornly backed what turned out to be two of the biggest gold strikes in history - at Hemlo in northern Ontario and, more recently, at Eskay Creek in British Columbia. Pezim's controversial business practices and flair for publicity have made him a larger-than-life figure whose essence remains hidden behind his persona. 'The Pez' explores his roots: his Toronto childhood as the son of Romanian Jewish immigrants; his wartime experiences and real-estate deals in Jamaica; his apprenticeship on Bay Street in the 1950s and the fast-and-loose days of Earl Glick, Lou Chesler, and Viola MacMillan; his emergence as a major force in Vancouver in the 1960s; his alliances and battles with the likes of Peter Brown, Jimmy Pattison, and Ned Goodman; his failed marriages and inveterate womanizing; the legal troubles that plague him to this day." Very light wrinkling at bottom of spine, very small remainder ink dot on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has light rubbing, light wrinkling at to/bottom of spine and flap-folds, one small edge tear archivally taped. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 


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