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1. Bata Shoes – Bata is a family-owned global footwear and fashion accessory manufacturer and retailer with acting headquarters located in Lausanne, Switzerland. The T. & A. Baťa Shoe Company was founded on the 24th of August 1894 in Zlín by Tomáš Baťa, his brother Antonín and his sister Anna, whose family had been cobblers for generations. The company employed 10 full-time employees with a work schedule and a regular weekly wage. In the summer of 1895, Tomáš found himself facing financial difficulties, to overcome these serious setbacks, Tomáš decided to sew shoes from canvas instead of leather. This type of shoe became popular and helped the company grow to 50 employees. Four years later, Bata installed its first steam-driven machines, beginning a period of rapid modernisation, in 1904, Tomáš read a newspaper article about some machines being made in America. Therefore, he took three workers and journeyed to Lynn, a city outside Boston, in order to study. After six months Tomáš returned to Zlin and he introduced mechanized production techniques allowed the Bata Shoe Company to become one of the first mass producers of shoes in Europe. Its first mass product, the “Batovky, ” was a leather and textile shoe for working people that was notable for its simplicity, style, light weight and its success helped fuel the company’s growth. After Antonins death in 1908, Tomas brought two of his brothers, Jan and Bohuš, into the business. Initial export sales and the first ever sales agencies began in Germany in 1909, followed by the Balkans, Bata shoes were considered to be excellent quality, and were available in more styles than had ever been offered before. By 1912, Bata was employing 600 full-time workers, plus several hundred who worked out of their homes in neighbouring villages. In 1914, with the outbreak of World War I, the company had a significant development due to military orders, from 1914 to 1918 the number of Baťa’s employees increased ten times. The company opened its own stores in Zlín, Prague, Liberec, Vienna and Pilsen, in the global economic slump that followed World War I, the newly created country of Czechoslovakia was particularly hard hit. With its currency devalued by 75%, demand for products dropped, production was cut back, Tomáš Baťa responded to the crisis by cutting the price of Bata shoes in half. The company’s workers agreed to a temporary 40 percent reduction in wages, in turn, Bata provided food, clothing and he also introduced one of the first initiatives, transforming all employees into associates with a shared interest in the companys success. Consumer response to the drop was dramatic. While most competitors were forced to close because of the crisis in demand between 1923 and 1925, Bata was expanding as demand for the inexpensive shoes grew rapidly, the Bata Shoe Company increased production and hired more workers
2. Bata shoe factory (East Tilbury) – The Bata shoe factory in East Tilbury is what remains of an industrial estate in Essex, England, which produced shoes for over 70 years. Founded in 1932 by Tomáš Baťa, the factory was one of the most important planned landscapes in the East of England in the 20th Century, Bata Shoes was founded in 1894 by Tomáš Baťa in Zlín. In 1933 the first Bata houses for workers were built, set among gardens in a chequerboard pattern, the factorys architecture predates and perhaps eclipses other British examples of modernist architecture such as Highpoint I or the Isokon building, according to The Guardian. Built of welded steel columns, roof trusses and reinforced concrete walls, the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1938 caused turmoil for Bata Shoes generally but the factory in East Tilbury thrived and British Bata was born. As male factory workers were called to arms, their wives took over their jobs. While in the forces, employees received the company newspaper. At least 81 Bata employees from the Tilbury factory died in the war, after the war, Batas home office and other facilities throughout eastern Europe were nationalised by communist regimes. The Bata factory in East Tilbury remained in use for over 70 years. Factory downsizing began in the 1980s and the Bata industrial estate came to a close in 2005, the East Tilbury Conservation Area was designated in 1993 by Thurrock Council and includes a Grade II listed building. The factory inspired the documentary film Bata-ville, We Are Not Afraid of the Future, the Bata Reminiscence and Resource Centre at East Tilbury Library were set up to collect the memories of people who lived and worked within the British Bata community. In June 2011, a trail was launched as an iPhone app known as Thurrock Mobile Explorer. This describes a route around the Bata estate and provides information about the history as well as environment at numbered points. In October 2016, a site-specific play Not Afraid Of The Future was developed by East 15 Acting School students about the lives of people who lived and worked in the surrounding the factory. The play was performed in and around East Tilbury, finishing at the village hall, jan Tůša, the father of BBC journalist and presenter John Tusa helped design and build the Tilbury factory, and rose to become managing director of the British Bata company. The Tusa family lived in nearby Horndon on the Hill, from 1939, though John Tusa was born in Czechoslovakia
3. Bata Shoe Museum – The Bata Shoe Museum is a footwear museum in downtown Toronto, Canada, located at Bloor St. and St George St. in the Bloor St. Culture Corridor. The museum collects, researches, preserves and exhibits, footwear from around the world and it offers four exhibitions, three of which are time-limited, lectures, performances and family events. The collection contains over 13,500 items from throughout history and it is the only museum in North America dedicated solely to the history of footwear. The collection which became the Bata Shoe Museum was started by Sonja Bata in the 1940s. As she travelled the world on business with her husband, Thomas J. Bata of the Bata Shoe Company, in 1979, the Bata family established the Bata Shoe Museum Foundation to operate an international centre for footwear research and house the collection. From 1979 to 1994, the collection was stored at the offices of Bata Limited in the Don Mills area of Toronto. In June 1992, the Bata Shoe Museum opened a gallery on the floor of the Colonnade, an office and retail complex in downtown Toronto. On May 6,1995, the current museum opened its doors to the public in its own newly constructed building, designed by Raymond Moriyama and completed in 1995, the structure is located at the southwest corner of Bloor and St. George streets in downtown Toronto. Its form is derived from the idea of the museum as a container, the main facade along Bloor Street pinches inward to where the entrance, in the form of a glass shard, emerges, creating a more generous forecourt. The entire stone volume appears to float above a ribbon of display windows on street level. Raymond Moriyama was asked by his client Sonja Bata to create a gem of a museum” to house her extensive shoe collection. After viewing her collection, Moriyama strove to create a building that generated the excitement that he felt when first viewing the collection and he wanted to create a museum that would endure time, and inspire its visitors. ”His focus was on the idea of a container or shoebox. Raymond Moriyama said of the building, Architecture is never the creation of the architect alone, the museums architecture should be seen as a celebration not only of shoes but also of the wonderful vision that brought them into the public eye. The Museum is part of the Bloor Street Culture Corridor, a mile in Toronto that contains 13 museums, the Bata Shoe Museum was featured in an episode of The Amazing Race, Family Edition, for which the contestants were in Toronto. Teams had to choose a pair of shoes, and find the woman who fit the selected pair amongst 100 candidates, the museum is home to the worlds largest and most comprehensive collection of shoes and footwear-related artifacts. The circulation core has the exhibition galleries to the east, gift shops to the west, and multipurpose rooms, special exhibition showcases and rooms, an enclosed courtyard runs across the south side of the building. Two lower levels are dedicated to a gallery, and the shoe research. The gallery spaces are neutral in design, allowing focus on the displays rather than the building
4. Bata Shoes Head Office – The Bata Shoes Head Office in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was Bata Shoes former headquarters. The white, pavilion-like building, designed by architect John B, parkin and completed in 1965 was considered by many as an example of the Modern Movement in architecture. It was identified by the Toronto Society of Architects as one of 96 significant buildings, simple and seemingly weightless, it rests on rows of columns, reminiscent of an ancient Greek temple. Unadorned yet poetic, the architecture pays homage to the past while extolling the virtues of the future, globe and Mail architecture critic Lisa Rochon was more critical of the structure, the Bata is an imperfect work. Its north elevation is clumsy, with a porte-cochère intended as the piece between the original building and a second retail space and warehouse tower. Instead, surface parking spreads out to the north and west of the building, fulfilling the deadening formula of the office complex. From 2003 to 2004, the Bata head office operations were moved to Lausanne, Bata retained offices in Toronto for the headquarters for its Power brand of footwear in Toronto and the Bata Shoe Museum is also located in Toronto. In 2010, the work for the Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the project was completed in 2014
5. Thomas J. Bata – Tomáš Jan Baťa, CC, also known as Tomas Bata Jr. and Tomáš Baťa ml. and Shoemaker to the World, ran the Bata Shoe Company from the 1940s until the 80s. Baťa was born in the Czech city of Prague, in what is now the Czech Republic, as a boy he apprenticed under his father, Tomáš Sr. who began the T. & A. Bata Shoe company in 1894 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia. His father, however, was killed in a crash when Tomáš was only 17. One of the least known reasons for his success was his vision to new technologies to his company. Another factor was World War I, that ended the market that the company had under the Austro-Hungarian Empire, so between the 1920´s and 1940´s Bata installed factories in Asia, South America and Africa, thus becoming the largest shoe maker in the world. In the 60´s and 70´s the Bata white canvas was iconic in the third world, in Asia and South America the company focused on everyday affordable shoe production, leaving for Europe the high quality, high price shoes. In the mid 1930s, in the throes of the depression, czechoslovakians were faced with ubiquitous layoffs and catastrophic unemployment. Bata decided to be pragmatic to protect his livelihood and that of his employees and he rationalized that if he did not provide the army boots, some other company would, and his employees would suffer. He successfully pursued the contract, which directly assisted fascism but also saved the company, Tomas Bata was the equivalent of Ford in breakthrough technology for his time. Like Ford, he established a repetitive system of production. Baťa attended school in Czechoslovakia, England and Switzerland, another legacy is Batanagar in Kolkata India, which originally housed the shoe factory and the clerical employees, and today is a booming condo development maintaining the name. In 1945 it was clear that Zlín was lost and could no longer act as headquarters, Baťa held a meeting in East Tilbury near London, UK and the decision was taken that Bata Development Limited in England would become the service headquarters of the Bata Shoe Organization. In 1946 Bata operated 38 factories and 2,168 company shops, they produced 34 million pairs of shoes and employed 34,000 people. In 1948, however, Czechoslovakia was fully seized by communist powers, the Bata Shoe Organization then expanded around the world. Between 1946 and 1960,25 new factories were built and 1,700 company shops opened, in 1962, the Organization had production and sales activities in 79 countries - there were 66 factories and 4,100 company shops. Yearly output was 175 million pairs of shoes and the organization employed 80,000 people, Bata moved the headquarters of the organization to Toronto, Canada in 1964, and in 1965 an ultra modern building, the Bata International Centre was opened. The Bata Shoe Organization, whose guiding principle was Our customer - Our Master was the largest of its kind in the world, Baťa led the Organization until 1984 when his son Thomas George Bata became the CEO. In December 1989, after the Communist government fell in Czechoslovakia, václav Havel, the Czech dissident leader and playwright turned president, asked Baťa to return
6. Bataguassu – Bataguassu is a municipality located in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Its population was 19,171 and its area is 2,417 km², the town was founded by Jan Antonín Baťa, the king of shoes, in 1932. Compare to Anaurilândia and Bataiporã, Bataguassu is a larger settlement, besides housing, there are various buildings built to support the towns people. Other towns in Brazil linked to Bata, Mariápolis Anaurilândia Batatuba Bataiporã Batanagar Batawa
7. Batawa – Batawa is a small community in southeastern Ontario, Canada, in the city of Quinte West. The community was set up by the Bata Shoe Company as a community around a shoe factory. The factory opened in 1939 and closed in 2000, as conditions in Europe prior to World War II led Tomas Bata to search for a location in Canada to transfer operations. Bata chose the area of Eastern Ontario, Eastern Ontario was chosen because he did not want to locate in Quebec for language reasons, and the electricity supply in Western Ontario was not compatible with his European equipment. Batawas location was chosen for its proximity to a lake, a railway, a highway, a factory town was built and opened in 1939. The Bata company owned the town, providing accommodations at a rate to its workers. The company controlled all aspects of the village. There was a Bata grocery store, Bata recreation hall, Bata clubs, Bata teams, many of the residents were immigrants from Batas homeland, Czechoslovakia, who immigrated at the time of the factorys construction. The town was initially the headquarters of Bata Shoe operations in Canada, during the latter-half of the 20th century, tariff barriers on shoe imports into Canada were reduced, allowing more and more low-cost shoes into Canada. Eventually, Bata determined the factory could not continue as a business operation. As part of a strategy to cut costs, Bata consolidated production in countries overseas. Bata Shoes would close its retail stores in Canada one year later in 2001. Batawa is situated on the west bank of the Trent River, and nearby is Lock 4 of the Trent-Severn Waterway, there are several books about the Batas including, Uprooted and Transplanted, the story of a family that immigrated to Canada and worked at the Batawa facility. Batawa Ski Hill List of planned cities
8. Svit – Svit is a small town and municipality in Poprad District in the Prešov Region in northern Slovakia. It lies 8 km west of the city of Poprad, at the foothills of the High Tatras, Svit is one of the youngest Slovak towns. It was established in 1934 by business industrialist Jan Antonín Baťa of Zlín, zlin in accordance with his policy of setting up villages around the country for his workers. As a boy, Jan Baťa saw the poverty and sickness of his fellow countrymen and he wanted to change this by creating cities full of the most modern factories and filled with the best workers in Europe. The Baťa System under Jans administration brought prosperity first to Moravia, Jan Baťa represented Czech/Slovak freedom and prosperity. Svit is short for Slovenské vizkózové továrne, Svit is the smallest town in Slovakia with the population of 7,400. According to the 2001 census, the town had 7,445 inhabitants,96. 44% of inhabitants were Slovaks,1. 11% Romani and 0. 79% Czechs. The religious make-up was 62. 53% Roman Catholics,20. 67% people with no affiliation,8. 62% Lutherans and 4. 00% Greek Catholics. The town is home to the basketball team BK Iskra Svit. Knurów, Poland Česká Třebová, Czech Republic Partizánske - Another Slovak town founded by the Bata Shoes company, list of company towns Official website of Svit