IS THERE a "curse of Brintons" - or even of Vivienne Westwood? Last year, in a bold and unprecedented move, Brintons, the 200-year-old carpet manufacturer, teamed up, as the PR people put it, with dashing, youngish Vivienne Westwood. Together, the y designed a small range of clothes made of carpet for Brintons' first-ever advertising campaign.

This year they're repeating the exercise, featuring a dashing couple from the days of Marie Antoinette (and of Brintons' founder). The only catch is the list of famous clients who bought Brintons' carpets last year, which is headed by Boris Yeltsin and Hilary Clinton; figures who now seem to be passing their sell-by date. This year Norma Major? Mrs Eric Cantona?