Hazards of the Trade is an intimate exposé of the retail fashion industry during the 80s and 90s when lingerie was most popular. The era began with retailers in impossibly high heels and designer suit
Hazards of the Trade is an intimate exposé of the retail fashion industry during the 80s and 90s when lingerie was most popular. The era began with retailers in impossibly high heels and designer suits attending the Ontario Fashion Exhibitors market at the prestigious King Edward Hotel and ended with buyers in rubber—soled shoes and stretch pants at the Airport Centre. While high—end fashion shows and buying trips might seem glamorous, evading a stalker and trying to evict a rabid squirrel from the shop, might not. But it was all part of being in the Trade. That, and so much more.
Hazards of the Trade is a personal disclosure of nearly twenty years of humorous and sad reflections from the naïve start—up of a small—town lingerie boutique to the ultimate farewell.
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Phyllis L Humby is a seasoned writer who tells it like it is. She'd already given up her day job when she indulged her passion for writing. Having always worked with the public, Phyllis amassed a catalogue of character traits which she cast in short stories published in international anthologies and journals. Not only does Phyllis enjoy writing fiction, preferably with a twist, but her nearly twenty years in the retail lingerie forum provided plenty of fodder for her memoir Hazards of the Trade. Life experiences balance the fictional connotation of her writing. There are no fairytale endings. Phyllis lives in Lambton Shores near London, Ontario.