Sotheby’s chief Ruprecht to step down

Shares rose 7.4% to $42.12 in after-hours New York trade following departure

BMW i8

Commentary: Sleek hybrids are likely to be the future of motoring – at least for now

The latest fleet of electric cars give supercars a run for their money

K-Pop boosts AmorePacific sales to Chinese

South Korea’s biggest beauty company is riding high on booming Chinese demand

Daimler targets China for Maybach revival

Mothballed luxury car brand to be relaunched in Guangzhou

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Role change has been good for the family businessman

Ma blames the ‘greedy’ for widespread fakes

Alibaba founder defends company over counterfeit claims

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Mary McCartney’s candid fashion shots

The photographer talks about the intimate moments behind her images

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Why fashion still puts faith in stores

A flurry of luxury stores have opened in London. What role do bricks-and-mortar shops play in the digital age?

Samsung Gear S: a smartphone on the wrist

Wearable’s connectivity makes it feel like gadget from the future

Mansion taxes in global cities hit Savills

Prospect of similar levy in UK also ‘moderating’ sales

Are scarves the new ties?

The rise of casual tailoring has seen the humble scarf elevated to star accessory status - and the tie becoming undone

Feels like bikini-buying weather, again

You head into the shops with thoughts of cashmere and mittens – and you’ll find summer clothes

Floral jewels

Craftsmen have long been captivated by the floral world. From Hollywood necklines to royal lapels, here is a selection of sparkling earthly delights

Wentworth Woodhouse goes up for sale

Palladian masterpiece will cost millions to restore

Bonomi in talks with KKR for Club Med bid

Last-minute attempt may renew struggle for French holiday group

Sotheby’s narrows third-quarter losses

Auction house beats forecasts in ‘robust’ art market

Italian fund buys 23% of Rocco Forte Hotels

Sir Rocco aims to double luxury portfolio in five years

The macho appeal of stylish bracelets for the boys

Diamonds and macramé now decorate a man’s world

Fine pieces to help women disconnect but stay in the loop

Company offers ‘smart’ jewellery

Helena Rubinstein: a head for business

The cosmetics tycoon used her own face in advertisements for her salons and products

Fjord fiesta: innovative beauty ideas from the Arctic

The home of minimal furniture and Nordic noir is now getting a name for skincare and cosmetics

My brush with the ‘X-Factor’ stylist

Fun will always trump high-falutin’ fashion when it comes to party hair

Elsa Schiaparelli’s shock tactics

The designer transformed the fashion landscape but died in obscurity. Her biographer reveals her legacy

Hermès lifts sales despite China slowdown

Luxury group beats forecasts and maintains targets

Wearable devices top this year’s gift lists

Fitness-tracking wristbands and smart watches set to be hot sellers

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