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  1. Material World

    May 3, 2012

    Zegna one-ups the menswear market

    Will “real” men buy silk? And not silk ties, but silk shirts, silk suits, silk trench coats, silk sweaters and...

  2. December 23, 2011

    Pyjama party

    In a game of free association the phrase “pyjamas in the daytime” is ultimately guaranteed to bring the response “Hugh...

  1. FT Alphaville

    August 4, 2011

    Hefner son-in-law settles Playboy case

    The son-in-law of Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Enterprises, has been sued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission...

  2. August 3, 2011

    Hefner son-in-law settles Playboy case

    The son-in-law of Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Enterprises, has been sued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission...

  3. June 3, 2011

    Playboy: back to the future

    In the 1960s and 70s, the London Playboy club was the hottest place in town. Sean Connery, Muhammad Ali, and Sammy Davis Jr...

  4. May 27, 2011

    Two towels and Scarlett Johansson

    Sir David Tang, founder of ICorrect, globetrotter, and the man about too many towns to mention, divides his time between...

  5. February 11, 2011

    Proper pyjamas

    Brooks Brothers pyjamas, £75 With Valentine’s day imminent, department stores will be braced for a rush on women’s luxury...

  6. January 10, 2011

    Hefner to take Playboy private

    Hugh Hefner, who founded Playboy nearly 60 years ago, will take the company private in a deal valuing the equity of the...

  7. December 3, 2010

    Sale of the week: Playboy collection

    Sale: The Playboy Collection Location : Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, tel: +1 212 636 2000 Date: Wednesday...

  8. October 21, 2010

    Penthouse magazine founder who flirted with the cloth

    The New Yorker Bob Guccione, who has died of cancer aged 79, founded the men’s magazine Penthouse in London in 1965 and used...

  9. August 9, 2010

    Magazine circulation fails to rebound despite rise in ads

    The two-year slide in US magazine circulation accelerated in the first six months of 2010, in spite of a gradual recovery in...

  10. August 5, 2010

    Playboy trims second-quarter loss

    Playboy managed to slim its net loss in the second quarter as early progress on its transition to a new business model...

  11. July 21, 2010

    Bell hopes Playboy would meet FriendFinder

    Marc Bell, the Florida-based private equity executive who is bidding for Playboy, paused as he explained how he would make a...

  12. July 19, 2010

    Correction: Hugh Hefner

    ● Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Enterprises, is still athletic at 84, not 87 as stated in the editorial of July 17....

  13. July 17, 2010

    Private matters

    Hugh Hefner, the man with perhaps the strongest claim to having taken sex public, wants to go private. Given the financial...

  14. July 16, 2010

    Fighting back against the free sites

    Hugh Hefner has had a busy week. The octogenarian Playboy founder has been promoting a documentary that charts his life...

  15. July 16, 2010

    Penthouse owner raises offer for Playboy

    The owner of Penthouse has made a $210m bid for Playboy in an attempt to trump a bid by Hugh Hefner to take private the...

  16. July 14, 2010

    Penthouse all set to go with Playboy offer

    Marc Bell, owner of Penthouse, will submit on Thursday a formal proposal to purchase Playboy, complicating a bid by Hugh...

  17. July 13, 2010

    Penthouse is open to working with Hefner

    Hugh Hefner has proposed taking Playboy private Marc Bell, owner of Penthouse, is open to working with Hugh Hefner, the...

  18. FT Alphaville

    July 12, 2010

    Penthouse to launch bid for Playboy

    Playboy could get caught up in a bidding war, after the company that controls rival Penthouse signalled it was preparing to...

  19. July 12, 2010

    Penthouse to launch bid for Playboy

    Playboy could get caught up in bidding war, after the company that controls rival Penthouse signalled it was preparing to...

  20. April 16, 2010

    Legion of the dead in Rome

    The grave of John Keats (d 1821) in Rome’s Cimitero Acattolico Something of a false alarm took me to the Protestant Cemetery...

  21. November 14, 2009

    Speculation grows over Playboy sale

    Playboy, the adult entertainment company, is in sale talks with companies including the owner of London Fog, the trenchcoat...

  22. November 14, 2009

    Speculation grows over Playboy sale

    Playboy, the adult entertainment company, is in sale talks with companies including the owner of London Fog, the trenchcoat...

  23. November 13, 2009

    Speculation grows over Playboy sale

    Playboy, the adult entertainment company, is in sale talks with companies including the owner of London Fog, the trenchcoat...

  24. April 30, 2009

    A Dickens of a one night stand

    In a week of good intentions, near misses and not-quite-made-its (besides the usual cynical intentions and...

  25. April 29, 2009

    Film review: A Dickens of a one night stand

    Ghosts of Girlfriends Past ★★★☆☆ (Mark Waters) Is Anybody There? ★★★☆☆ (John Crowley) X-Men Origins: Wolverine ★☆☆☆☆ (Gavin...

  26. January 18, 2009

    Richard Thompson, Anvil, Basingstoke, UK

    We have Hugh Hefner to thank. In 1999, Playboy invited Richard Thompson, among others, to name his favourite music of the...

  27. December 27, 2008

    Pyjamas on parade

    From last spring's art nouveau printed "pyjama" suits at Prada to next season's polka dot Dolce & Gabbana versions, it has...

  28. December 27, 2008

    Luxury sleepwear worn outside the bedroom

    From last spring’s art nouveau printed “pyjama” suits at Prada to next season’s polka dot Dolce & Gabbana versions, it has...

  29. December 9, 2008

    Exit of Christie Hefner marks fold of family era at Playboy

    Playboy chief executive Christie Hefner will step down in January, ending 50 years of family executive leadership at the...

  30. December 9, 2008

    Christie Hefner to resign as chief of Playboy

    Playboy chief executive Christie Hefner will step down in January, ending 50 years of family executive leadership at the...

  31. December 8, 2008

    Christie Hefner quits Playboy

    Playboy chief executive Christie Hefner will step down in January, ending 50 years of family executive leadership at the...

  32. October 28, 2008

    A fair copper

    The sight of Hugh Hefner in his dressing gown, still playing the playboy for viewers of his reality TV show, is proof that...

  33. October 27, 2008

    Embarq/CenturyTel

    The sight of Hugh Hefner in his dressing gown, still playing the playboy for viewers of his reality TV show, is proof that a...

  34. FT Alphaville

    September 26, 2008

    Further Reading

    Elsewhere on Friday, - The agreement to nothing. - The Bailout, a play. - Hold-to-Maturity is the new Mark-to-Myth. - “What...

  35. September 16, 2008

    Rise and fall of the pornography barons

    These are the twilight years of a curious late-20th-century business phenomenon: the porn barons. These buccaneers built...

  36. April 7, 2008

    Don’t Miss: John Currin

    Since Warhol’s death in 1987, the search has been on for the Great American Artist. The 1990s rise of the Young British...

  37. April 5, 2008

    John Currin

    Since Warhol's death in 1987, the search has been on for the Great American Artist. The 1990s rise of the Young British...

  38. March 4, 2008

    Obituary: King of Soho made property fortune

    Paul Raymond, who has died aged 82, was the self-made king of seedy Soho and Britain’s answer to Larry Flynt and Hugh...

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