Discovering the secrets of a master craftsman

“If you ask a mother which child she prefers, I am sure she will not respond. But I can say that for personal feeling it is Dior Amour.” Parfums Christian Dior’s François Demachy on passion, perfumes and his favourite Dior scent.

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Red hot but 18 degrees below

“How was your day?” Michael asked me. “Great,” I joked, “I found out the secret recipe.” “That’s good,” he replied. “So now we have to kill you.”

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On location in Oman, a country of contrasts

Before travelling to Muscat this week for the inauguration of the new airport terminal and Muscat Duty Free stores, I mentioned to a few people that my next trip was to Oman. Even those who knew a little about this Gulf state struggled to conjure up an image of the country and its place in

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Shop windows on the world at Paris CDG

The most important marketing tool in the armoury of any physical store is the shop window. Be creative and colourful and blend art, design and fashion, and you’ll stop people in their tracks. Be drab, grey and lifeless, and they’ll walk on by. Amid increasing pressure from e-commerce, those messages have never been as important.

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Writing around the clock in beautiful Busan

By the time my first coffee kicked in, I had big stories on the boil from the USA (14 hours behind) and Brazil (11 hours), and news in from New Zealand (four hours ahead). All I need is a store opening from Kiritimati and I could (almost) report on yesterday, today and tomorrow simultaneously.

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