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Montague Burton The Tailor of Taste stonework, store in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, UK

Montague Burton The Tailor of Taste stonework, store in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, UK Stock Photo

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Tony Smith / Alamy Stock Photo

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4206 x 3446 px | 35.6 x 29.2 cm | 14 x 11.5 inches | 300dpi

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3 July 2018

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Sir Montague Maurice Burton (15 August 1885 – 21 September 1952) founded Burton Menswear, one of Britain's largest chains of clothes shops. Born a Lithuanian Jew (Meshe David Osinsky) in Kaunas province, he came alone to Britain in 1900, to escape the Russian pogroms. He was well-educated, having studied in a yeshiva, but arrived unable to speak English. By 1913 Burton had five men's tailor shops with headquarters in Sheffield and manufacturing in Leeds. He had four hundred shops, and factories and mills, by 1929, when the company went public. His firm made a quarter of the British military uniforms during World War II and a third of demobilisation clothing. Burton declined the offer to be Lord Mayor of Leeds in 1930 but was knighted in 1931 for "services to industrial relations" and was a Justice of the Peace from 1924. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries in 1940 and was awarded an honorary doctorate (DLitt) by the University of Leeds in 1944. Legacy Burton endowed chairs in industrial relations in the University of Leeds and Cardiff in 1929 and Cambridge in 1930. He also endowed chairs of international relations in Jerusalem (1929), and at Oxford University (1930), the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (1936) and The University of Edinburgh (1948). He is commemorated in the Montague Burton Residences, which are student flats at the University of Leeds. Burton is a large United Kingdom high street clothing retailer. The company was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, but became a trading name of Arcadia Group Brands Ltd, part of the Arcadia Group. Sir Philip Green acquired the Arcadia Group in 2002, and is now the sole owner of Burton. There are over 400 stores in the UK. It has also expanded to branches at out of town sites since the 1980s, such as at the Merry Hill Shopping Centre in the West Midlands, where it has had a store since November 1989.

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