THE Huddersfield connections of a leading Yorkshire businessman have been recalled in a new book.
Arnold Ziff, the footwear and property tycoon who bought the Barratts shoe shop chain in one of the most hotly-contested takeovers of the 1960s, became known as Mr Leeds for his devotion to the city.
But his parent's family business enjoyed its early success selling shoes to discerning shoppers in Huddersfield.
Arnold played a pivotal role in the revival of post-war Leeds through his development of the Merrion Centre.
He brought the Royal Armouries to the city, helped to create the Leeds Piano Competition and built the Tropical World Garden in Roundhay Park.
Mr Ziff, who died last year, also supported Leeds art gallery and the Yorkshire cricket school.
In 1991, he was made High Sheriff of West Yorkshire and was nominated for the title Greatest Living Yorkshireman in 2002.
His colourful story is told by author Nigel Watson in Arnold Ziff: The Making of a Great Yorkshireman.
The book relates how Arnold's father, Max, fled Russia in 1906 at the age of 12 to escape persecution of the Jewish population.
He was later joined by his parents, Wolff and Chai, and his brothers Eli and Sol.
The Ziffs worked for their cousin Paul Hipps, who had come to Britain in the 1890s, before Wolff and his second daughter Fanny took over a tiny boot and shoe shop in Holbeck, Leeds.
After serving with the British Army in the First World War, Max set up a boot and shoe shop under the Stylo name in Upperhead Row, Leeds.
In 1919, he closed the shop and opened a Stylo store in New Street, Huddersfield.
In 1921, he met Annie Gilston, a member of a prominent Leeds Jewish family. They later married.
She helped to run the shop in New Street while Max opened new branches in Rochdale, Sheffield and Doncaster.
Miss Williams, an assistant at the Huddersfield shop recalled how Stylo in the 1920s was "the only fashion shoe shop in town".
The shop's customers included visiting actresses from the Theatre Royal and the wives of wealthy mill owners.
Max regularly travelled to Belgium and France to stock the Huddersfield shop with fashion shoes, including "beautiful evening shoes with jewelled heels and gorgeous bags to match".
However, Max liked to have "bread and butter" lines and wanted Stylo to become the shoe shop of choice wherever there was a branch.
Arnold was born in 1927 and grew up as his father's shoe business flourished.
By 1935, Stylo Boot Company (Northern) Ltd had 14 branches with capital of £150,000.
Merging with other family shoe businesses, the company had its headquarters at Chancery Lane, Huddersfield, with Max as chairman and brothers Sol and Eli among the directors.
Arnold eventually entered the family firm in 1948 - after an eventful education and war service.
By then, Stylo's premier branch was in Leeds - although the head office did not move to the city until 1958 - and Arnold was taking his first steps on a glittering business career.
* Arnold Ziff: The Making of a Great Yorkshireman by Nigel Watson is published by Vallentine Mitchell, price £19.50