Working Lives

Angie Gibson, 2011

Angie Gibson started work as a Graduate Trainee in 2011

Angie's Department

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Angie would like to start a family when she’s in her late-twenties, but plans to come back to work after maternity leave. By that time, she hopes to have settled down with a nice partner - she’s still not sure about marriage! - and be living in her own home. That means there’ll be half a house to pay for.

Haberdashery Department (1964)
Haberdashery Department (1964)

Angie sells as many trousers and jeans as she does dresses, but very few hats, even fewer blouses, and absolutely no corsets or dress-making materials. When the John Lewis business was founded in the late nineteenth century, its main trade was selling dress fabrics. Wealthy women would then get their dressmakers to make their clothes or have them made up in the shop's own workroom. Fabrics are now sold in a different department, but few people have their own dressmakers any more.

Young ladies’ lingerie is sold in a separate department; at the moment patterned tights and fancy stockings made in the Far East are very popular. When Angie’s granny Maria started selling clothes at John Lewis in 1948, almost all the stock was made in Britain – now clothes are manufactured all around the world.



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