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Julie Deane set up her business at home with £600. Now she has raised $21m to help sell her bags worldwide

Blue heaven: The vogue for denim

Nothing sums up fashion's current penchant for practicality better than the vogue for denim. Harriet Walker rediscovers the fabric for our distressed times

Kane and Farhi’s upbeat designs lighten the gloom

It’s impossible not to feel enthusiastic about British fashion after seeing a Christopher Kane show. The Scottish designer, who unveiled his latest autumn/winter collection at London Fashion Week yesterday, has been feted from the moment he graduated in 2006 and consistently lives up to his hype.

Susie Rushton: Banking on a spot of fashion rebellion

Urban Notebook: When I was 12 I remember being thrilled by a school directive that banned slingbacks

Head over heels: Wacky shoe designs

Nothing comes between a fashion follower and a new pair of shoes – and the designs get wackier every season. So what's driving this footwear fanaticism? Carola Long reports

Razzle dazzle them: Shine in the pick of this season's bold jewellery buys

Want something big, sparkly and on-trend for Christmas? Read our magpie's guide

Margareta Pagano: Male egos, move over, women are retail's best hope

Female chiefs show they're in touch with shoppers

My Secret Life: Lauren Laverne, TV & radio presenter, 30

The home I grew up in... was packed to the rafters with books and instruments; we once counted 18 stringed instruments in one room.

My Style: Sue Cubitt

Occupation Psychotherapist. Age Ungallant to ask. Personal style Efficiency chic

Launching a new fashion magazine is a bold move but Distill may have found just the right niche

"It's such a brilliant idea, I was a little peeved I hadn't thought of it myself," admits Colin McDowell, high priest of the fashion press and editor-in-chief of its latest offering, Distill, which hits the newsstands today.

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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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