New York Times:  Royalty Have for Centuries Been the Watch Industry’s Most Eager Clients

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA — In May of 2002, Michael Sheehan, an exotic car dealer from Newport Beach, California, flew to Brunei, the tiny oil-rich sultanate on the north coast of Borneo, to purchase two McLarens and two Ferraris from a collection of some 2,500 luxury cars owned by Prince Jefri Bolkiah, the sultan of Brunei’s wildly extravagant younger brother.

Financial Times:  Online innovation: Expert sets out to capture and keep neglected consumers

Until recently, the search for emerging jewellery brands was a highly conventional affair requiring good old fashioned values such as patience, dedication and a lot of legwork. The market for young designers of handmade fashion and fine jewellery was so disparate, disjointed and localised that it provided Elizabeth Galton, a British jewellery veteran, who left her post as creative director at Links of London last year, with the perfect eureka moment.

Financial Times:  Luxury jewels: A game that even the grand names will play

Over the past decade or so, while luxury brands from Dior to Louis Vuitton have been busy adding high-profile, high jewellery to their product portfolios, Hermès, perhaps the grandest and certainly the most independent of them all, has remained aloof.

New York Times:  Magazines Begin to Sell the Fashion They Review

On Park & Bond, a new e-commerce site for designer men’s wear, Jim Moore, the creative director for GQ, can be found describing a red Calvin Klein turtleneck as “something that can take that gray flannel suit and give it a little bon vivant.” The sweater, which costs $225, is tagged as a GQ Pick, inside the GQ Store.