News Julie Deane says there is a big potential market in China for her bags

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

Jimmy Choo: The world's most valuable shoemaker

Jimmy Choo's owners stand to make hundreds of millions from the latest sale of the company. James Thompson reports

Business Analysis: The state of retail in the current downturn

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.

Great strides: Trousers back in the style spotlight

No longer overshadowed by dresses or denim, trousers have stepped back into the style spotlight for autumn. Carola Long reports on a trend that's set to run wild

Net profits: how to make an online fortune

In the Nineties, the first web trailblazers turned their dotcom dreams into cold, hard cash. But is it still possible to earn millions online today? Alice-Azania Jarvis asks the ones who made it

Ahead of the pack: Rhiannon Harries picks out the style essentials for your holidays

Finding enough room to take everything you need for your hols needn't be an ordeal, says Rhiannon Harries – just focus on your favourite pieces (and don't forget your sunnies)

On the agenda: Tower Bridge; Dorset Seafood Festival; Keep Me Posted; The Railway Children; Robert Irwin's Camel; Carven

A love letter to... well, letters; plus all you ever wanted to know about camels

Carola Long: 'The maxi dress has had some really bad PR thanks to the bad-taste behemoth that was 'boho''

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.

Lisa Markwell: Change your life and stop spending money you don't have

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.

The Thursday Essay: Royal Ascot is a real class act

Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot means hats, tailcoats and demure hemlines. It's all for fun – but decode the dress, and social divisions are laid bare, writes Liz Hoggard

Net-a-Porter targets stylish men with launch of Mr Porter designer website

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.

US digs UK high street fashion cool

British retailers are beating the economic blues in America. Kate Youde and Rachel Shields report

Carola Long: 'It’s possible to go down a mumsy route in a J Crew store'

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.

Are you ready to get preppy?

After 30 years in the doldrums, the relaxed East Coast look is back – along with a new handbook to help you wear it with elan
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John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

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Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
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An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
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UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

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Computerised cooking is coming

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‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

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Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

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UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

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Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most