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Closure of Aubin & Wills is another sign that shoppers have tired of  high-end collegewear

The Intelligent Consumer: Have yourself a glammy little Xmas

Style police: When shopping for Christmas, don't forget your most appreciative recipient: yourself

The joy of socks

TRIED & TESTED; If it's socks for Christmas again, make sure they're the right ones. Our panellists sort out the potentially holey from the wholly desirable

Kids really, really want to be rich

Modern children are shameless materialists who value wealth above health and happiness, according to a survey out today.

If it's good enough for euan...

Young and sporty, designed for the rough-and-tumble lives of teenagers seduced by a logo, Ralph Lauren's affordable new line in T-shirts and underwear will confound the counterfeiters and surely pass the Euan Test. By Tamsin Blanchard. Styling by Holly Davies. Photographs by Sheridan Morley

Ralph Lauren in dock over Burma

Bangkok (AP) - An American labour advocacy group says it will target fashion designer Ralph Lauren and several other garment-makers that continue to manufacture in military-governed Burma.

Lauren promises an $800m sale

Ralph Lauren, the millionaire designer who began life as a tie salesman in the Bronx district of New York City, is set to gain even greater wealth when shares in his parent company, Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, go on sale on Wall Street today.

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The Intelligent Consumer: Is it worth it? - Sole to sole

At pounds 50 a pair, Polo Ralph Lauren's deck shoes are definately for the fairweather mariner who is more concerned with style than substance

Loosen up; ready to wear

How nice it was to be a teenager, when no-one had homes they wanted to hang around in, so the only option was to wander around the streets and shops. I don't do enough of that anymore. But funny how to some people hanging out still means wearing smart clothes. One girl I know thinks casual means Ralph Lauren slacks (slacks!!), super-posh loafers and a cashmere sweater. I don't know how they do it - whenever I try to dress smartly, I feel all restricted and fidget. Any excuse to wear nice, comfy clothes makes me happy. Clothes that you can play in and get dirty in. Yum. However, you can still look stylish (I must try to take my own advice, because I never manage it). It goes like this: a good leather jacket, floral skirts thrown together with some groovy top, combat trousers - very of the moment for boys and girls - and V-neck T-shirts. Get yourself a good-looking playmate and sing along really loud to the Top 40. La la la....

Is he not fragrant? On the scent of the New Lad

The Market

Little pieces

For new mothers whose Jigsaw wardrobe no longer fits, there is consolation in a new stylish range for children.

The bright cars of stage and screen

Ever wondered where celebrity cars go to die? Michael Booth discovers they are all alive and well, and living in Keswick

Real lives: When mr suit becomes mr corporate casual...

... the result can be sartorial disaster for the British office male. Louise Chunn on the perils of down-dressing at work

More 'villages' threaten the high street

Britain's largest developer of factory shopping centres is to open a further four "villages" in the UK by the end of the decade. The new centres will cost pounds 250m to build and add almost 1 million square feet of retail space, largely out of town.

Loadsarmani

No more generation gap - children are now as label-conscious as their parents. Photographs by Sandro Sodano
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