Julie Deane set up her business at home with £600. Now she has raised $21m to help sell her bags worldwide
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Saturday 11 September 2010
Tuesday 17 August 2010
One of the many curiosities of the current downturn is the state of retail. On the one hand, we are told that consumers are short of cash and likely to become more so as tax increases and cutbacks in public spending begin to bit. On the other hand, in London and other cities there are regular arrivals of new stores and updates of old ones. Admittedly, not all are as lavish as the Louis Vuitton extravaganza in London’s Bond Street, but there is plenty of evidence to indicate that not all shoppers are heading as quickly as possible for the nearest discount store.
Monday 16 August 2010
Wednesday 11 August 2010
On the agenda: Chichester International Film Festival; Cornish Kneehigh theatre company; Net-a-Porter; Monocle Mediterraneo; Great British Beer Festival; Underage Festival
Sunday 01 August 2010
Sunday 11 July 2010
On the agenda: Tower Bridge; Dorset Seafood Festival; Keep Me Posted; The Railway Children; Robert Irwin's Camel; Carven
Sunday 04 July 2010
Carola Long: 'The maxi dress has had some really bad PR thanks to the bad-taste behemoth that was 'boho''
Saturday 03 July 2010
There's something about the maxi dress which makes it a permanent fixture as a fantasy summer look. The look where you acquire a golden tan without any UV damage and spend August enjoying the cool sea breeze on a yacht, rather than the tepid blast of the office air-con.
Saturday 26 June 2010
What sound could be sweeter than the dull crunch of a credit card being bisected by the kitchen scissors? It's set to be the soundtrack of the summer, long after the drone of the vuvuzelas has died away, and the grunts of ladies with excess endorphins on centre court are silenced.
Carola Long: The trouble with wearing a monokini is that it basically announces that you think you're Gisele
Saturday 19 June 2010
Thursday 17 June 2010
Friday 11 June 2010
The fashion website Net-a-Porter helped to change the way women buy designer clothes and now it is hoping to do the same for men. Yesterday the company announced it would launch a dedicated menswear site in January next year called Mr Porter.
Sunday 06 June 2010
Saturday 22 May 2010
Fashion speak has a clever way of inventing new buzzwords to help us to shop without guilt. There's the "forever" buy (the romantic replacement for "investment") and now the term "basics" has also been updated. Basics have become essentials.
Sunday 11 April 2010
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?
- 1 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 2 Iain Duncan Smith's expenses credit card is suspended after he runs up £1,000 debt to taxpayer
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 French woman dies in freak bungee jumping accident
- 5 Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck to divorce and end their 10-year marriage