News archive for Month: April 2011

Savile Row and civilization

Business records featured prominently in a recent episode of Channel 4s series Civilization: is the West History? Presenter Niall Ferguson looked at how, in an era of mass consumption, the rest of the world had increasingly abandoned indigenous styles of dress in favour of western trends.

From Scarborough to Shanghai

Nowadays, the banking giant HSBC styles itself as "The world's local bank". In an industry that has seen so much consolidation, it is hard to trace the complex process by which dozens of small and obscure concerns gradually combined to form the handful of mega-banks that we know today.