At this rate art, craft and creativity will soon be as obsolete as BHS

Illustration by Eva Bee. Tempting as it is to lay as much blame as possible at the feet of Philip Green – a man whose 63rd birthday cake involved an edible version of himself, topless, in bed with his chihuahua, silk sheets recreated in sugar paste, gold candles fringing the mattress like a flaming cage – the decline of British Home Stores was not entirely his fault. Like Austin Reed, the high-street tailor that went into administration the day after BHS, this was a business that collapsed in large part because it failed to be flexible in a changing marketplace. Related: BHS, Boots … our misbehaving corporations need their wings clipped | Anne Perkins Both came to rely on the patronage of people who, either through a lack of access…


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