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  1. French leather accessories maker Gustto (858. 336.7067, www.gustto.com ) bridges the gap between fashion and electronics. Gustto President Agathe Planchon was an early adopter of personal technology...
  2. Subtlety is not a strong suit of jewelry designer Leo de Vroomen. Recently, when a client entered his London boutique wearing diminutive diamond stud earrings, de Vroomen couldn’t refrain from...
  3. For the past 34 years, 1,500 investors have gathered on a remote mountaintop above California’s Salinas Valley to convene the annual shareholders’ meeting of the Chalone Wine Group—whose business the...
  4. Ballantine’s 30 Years Old A blend of venerable oak-aged whiskies from distilleries across Scotland, Ballantine’s 30 Years Old delivers remarkably smooth and well-groomed flavor. Despite the more than...
  5. An unintended consequence of the recent surge in popularity of portable audio players has been a renewed interest in headphones. When Sony created personal hi-fi with the Walkman almost 25 years ago...
  6. Georges Perrier was dining at his landmark Philadelphia restaurant Le Bec-Fin one afternoon last spring when his mood turned liturgical. Customers are like church-goers, he observed. “To get zem to...
  7. If spirits can be likened to nobles—if a Speyside malt is, say, a Scottish laird—then this infamous elixir is surely the de Sade of the still. Criminal, sensual, and enigmatic, its name evokes...
  8. THE KITCHEN was the center of attention in Atlanta last November, when the first Insperience Studio, a showcase for Whirlpool Corporation’s Whirlpool and KitchenAid appliances, opened the same night...
  9. At New York's Julien Farel salon (212. 888.8988, www.julienfarel.com ), the atmosphere is low-key and intimate with a nod to high-tech amenities such as retractable computer monitors with high-speed...
  10. Architecture is a peculiar thing. At its best, it embodies the architect’s (and presumably the client’s) taste, ideals, and concepts of how human beings should relate to their environment. At its...

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