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  1. When billiard tables were first introduced, during the 15th century, they were covered in green felt to simulate the grassy lawns on which the game’s predecessor, croquet, was played. Australian...
  2. In addition to keeping you warm, the Zegna Sport Ecotech Solar Jacket ( www.zegna.com ) by Ermenegildo Zegna can recharge your cell phone or iPod. The lightweight garment ($1,500), which is made...
  3. Just in time for the hot summer days, French chocolatier La Maison du Chocolat unveiled a special collection that echoes the flavors, aromas, and spirit of Spain’s sunny Andalusia region. “In the...
  4. In Europe, B&B Italia has been selling outdoor furniture through its stable of international designers for years. But not until 2007 did B&B Italia Outdoor become available to the U.S. market...
  5. British shirt maker Thomas Pink unveiled a collection of specially treated cotton business shirts that are crease-resistant yet retain the brand’s signature soft, supple touch. Dubbed the Traveller,...
  6. When acclaimed chef Andrew Carmellini left A Voce, there was much debate over where he’d next cook and, in his absence, where his devotees would find such heavenly sheep’s-milk ricotta or addictive...
  7. When the 80-year-old Swedish shirtmaker Eton ( www.etonshirts.com ) opened its first U.S. store earlier this year, at New York’s Plaza Hotel, it offered some big men immediate gratification: The...
  8. Imagine a bowl of ramen that suddenly comes to life, its tangled squiggles rising up and taking the shape of a chair. Odd though it is, this was the idea behind Noodle, one of the latest offerings...
  9. When Le Cirque opened in 1974, it received immediate criticism. Its proprietor, Sirio Maccioni, was not "democratic" in his seating practices—ensuring that the best tables went mainly to the...
  10. Only a handful of stores and tailors construct bespoke suits of the highest quality—suits tailored to fit the client like a second skin. This deficiency in the marketplace contributes to what Italian...

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