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  1. Its considerable charm and utility notwithstanding, Vespa’s ET4, the 150 cc scooter with which the Italian company made its return to America in 2000 after a 20-year absence, does have its...
  2. When the 2006 3 series—the fifth generation of a luxury sport sedan that for 30 years has topped BMW’s best-seller list—arrives this summer, it will be greeted with huge sighs of relief from BMW...
  3. The Jaguar XK120 was a stellar sports car—perhaps the most advanced of its era. Powered by a dohc, straight-six engine that was a Jaguar hallmark for a half century, the vehicle could exceed the...
  4. For the past 25 years, Yossi Dina, a Beverly Hills collateral lender (a polite term for pawnbroker), has relied on his intuition when sizing up clients and their assets. The 50-year-old former...
  5. Italian entrepreneur Claudio Del Vecchio was among the legions of Brooks Brothers loyalists who watched with disapproval and disappointment as the American menswear brand abandoned classic tailored...
  6. Not long ago, Olivier Bonnefoy was an overworked 30-something merchant banker, with four phones and a simple vision for a masculine retreat from the stress of modern life. Bored with unisex day spas...
  7. More than a few eyebrows rose five years ago when Corum introduced a lineup of boldly styled and relatively inexpensive timepieces led by the $2,500 Bubble watch. The watches’ designs and prices...
  8. While working as a designer at Pro Moves (the now-defunct sports apparel brand owned by Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiver Tim Brown), Calvin Stewart met a number of NFL players whose physiques...
  9. Dressed in a t-shirt and jeans, accented with layers of her own handmade gold chains and colorful jewels, Irene Neuwirth ( www.ireneneuwirth.com ; available at Barneys New York, 212.826.8900)...
  10. Laureano Garmany fled Cuba in 1974 after Fidel Castro became what Garmany describes as a “99.9 percent partner” in his family’s fashion retail business. He immigrated to New York City, where he...

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