Life and Style Belstaff House, 135-137 New Bond Street, London W1

The British brand Belstaff’s impressive new flagship store in London pays homage to  its biker roots, says Rebecca Gonsalves

The Joys of Modern Life 48. The Baseball Cap

THERE CAN be few sartorial signifiers that carry a more embarrassing message than the baseball cap. It's strange to remember that this unflattering headgear was once only recognisable to readers of Peanuts cartoons.

Profile: Keith Richards - How come he's still alive?

A Concise History

Poon snares Harvey Nichols

DICKSON POON, the flamboyant Hong Kong entrepreneur, is confident that shareholders will accept his controversial offer to buy Harvey Nichols and the non-Asian assets of his company Dickson Concepts.

Irn Bru girds its loins for Coca-Culloden

IRN BRU, the fizzy drink, "made in Scotland from girders", is heading for battle with Coca Cola. The American multinational confirmed this week it is determined to crack Scotland which, alone among the world's nations, has failed to make Coke its favourite drink.

Style: Fashion goes to Hollywood

Never mind the supermodels, it's the designers themselves who are really scrambling to make it in LaLa land. Jeffrey R Sipe reports

The Saturday Essay: Who wants to spend their life in a theme park?

These are `fantasy cities' - tourism, entertainment and shopping all bundled together in a themed environment

Designer stores fight to survive

Shopping: As the chic retailers of Bond St feel the pinch, more people are turning to the Net

Nobody messes with a man in a skirt

The sarong is wispy, caring and heterosexual. The kilt is hard- nut and overwhelmingly gay

Conservative Party Conference: Rotherham man takes dim view of Hague

WILLIAM HAGUE says he sees the people of his childhood home of Rotherham as the kind the Tories must win over to his dream of "the British way ahead" if they are to recapture 10 Downing Street.

The right to flop

When itinerant workers and the homeless needed a bed in New York, they headed for the many `flophouses' in The Bowery. Today, there are only nine left

Colonising: Space Invaders

Paul Nagel's business is protecting space. His company, Panther Securities, is responsible for all those black-clad men who guard the doors of designer emporiums Paul Smith, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Donna Karan, cK and DKNY. His penthouse apartment, in a former Victorian furniture warehouse in Old Street in the East End of London, is a launch pad for colonising upwards, into the sky.

BUSINESS

Galen Weston, the Irish billionaire businessman, is heading a pounds 400m-plus bid for Selfridges, the Oxford Street store which floated last month. Weston owns the Brown Thomas department store in Dublin and the Holt Renfrew chain of stores in Canada. There was also speculation that property giant British Land were about to launch a take-over bid. (Sources: The Independent and the Sunday Telegraph)

Radio: Never mind the vocab, a violin is all Kennedy needs

The week in radio

Sainsbury's faces Nike action

THE SPORTSWEAR group, Nike, and Sainsbury's are heading for a legal wrangle after Nike threatened the supermarket group with a High Court injunction to prevent it from selling goods it believes to be counterfeit.
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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