chapter  9
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The department store: the metropolitan flagship in national networks of fashion consumption


This was the rallying cry of Simpson Ltd, a successful, modern, nationallydistributing menswear manufacturer, on the brink of significant change. This family company had recently gained an enthusiastic and innovative new head, Alexander Simpson, and was about to embark on a venture into retail that would transform the company. Within a year, the company had indeed opened a shop in Piccadilly, ‘in the heart of London’s smart West End’. It is this shop that provides a useful case study of the role of the retail flagship within fashionable consumption networks.2