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  1. Tuscan Perfumer Lorenzo Villoresi receives patrons by appointment only. From his garret overlooking the cupolas, bell towers, and tiled rooftops of Florence, he crafts some of the most exquisite,...
  2. In the 1930s, a middle-aged Italian tailor named Vincenzo Attolini made an indelible mark on the international men’s fashion scene. While working for the legendary tailor Gennaro Rubinacci, Attolini...
  3. My college roommate, Ira, knew how to live well. “Come on!” he said one day as he dragged me into an old barbershop in Providence, R.I., that I had walked by hundreds of times, and ordered each of us...
  4. In 1999, couturier and fragrance czar Paco Rabanne held his last couture show in Paris and ceremoniously announced his retirement. Apparently, the life of leisure didn’t agree with the 67-year-old...
  5. “You’re not from the city, are you?” a woman asks me over the rhythm of Hindu chanting in a candlelit room. “I can tell you’ve been breathing a lot of fresh country air.” No, this was not a psychic...
  6. The London showroom and workshop of John Carnera and George Glasgow, two of England’s best-known bespoke shoemakers, is a dark, three-story space that smells of beech wood, oil, and leather. To say...
  7. The September 1998 merger of Asprey London with Garrard had all the markings of a regal marriage made in heaven. Asprey, the royal jeweler, seemed like the perfect suitor for Garrard, employer of the...
  8. Clive Christian, creator of an eponymous collection of rarefied perfumes ( www.clive.com ) and owner of England’s 161-year-old The Crown Perfumers Co., claims to be selling the world’s most expensive...
  9. In 1221, an order of Dominican monks cultivated herbs in a monastery garden in Florence, Italy, to produce medicinal balms and creams for the sick. Such acts of charity were not uncommon in the 13th...
  10. American designers have been infiltrating the European fashion capitals and their premier houses for years. But Maggie Norris stands alone as one of the few Americans to step into the realm of haute...

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