The gift guide

TIME TO SHINE 1 Stone Paris Love Letter ring, £3,3602 Venyx World Rainbow Aton necklace, £5,5203 Cassandra Goad personalised gold…

Tweed – meet the new weave

This traditional fabric is suddenly cool, fashionable and sexy

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Ecole Lesage: the embroidery school for haute couture

Inside Ecole Lesage, an artisan workshop that provides exquisite needlework for the top fashion houses

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Above 1. Theo Fennell fire opal and diamond orange blossom ring, £ 11,000 2. Cartier Amulette de Cartier ring, £2,120…

Aidan Hartley takes aim with a Holland & Holland

Shopping for a gun? Aim high

On the shooting range, grouse moor or in the African bush, there’s nothing so much fun as a bespoke rifle or shotgun, says Aidan Hartley

Forget the fashion for flat shoes, high heels empower short women like me

51 per cent of women prefer flats, but heels are still vital to many

Sparkling highlights from the Goldsmiths Fair

A selection of stunning jewellery and silverware from contemporary designers

The end of the ironing age

With technology steaming ahead, it could be time to say goodbye to our irons

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Stunning pearl jewellery

Heady times as the great hat revival takes off

Everyday headgear is no longer the exclusive realm of the eccentric and attention-seeking

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Time is money… so why not mark its passing with a classic heirloom watch?

A festival for the fable-minded

The annual shindig at Port Eliot in Cornwall mines a rich local seam of myth and eccentricity

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Fasten victim

Harry Mount asks why he now has to struggle to find a three-button suit

Cool rider

Electra’s Townie is at the top of my christmas list

Death as decor… the art of taxidermy

Want a statement snake or an upside-down giraffe on the ceiling? Here’s where to look

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Exclusive timepieces

What went wrong with the Brooks Brothers shirt?

The classic button-down is no more – unless you know where to look

A toast to grape Britain

A Prosecco shortage? Maybe try Grape Britain.

A Frank Gehry building at Paddy McKillen’s architectural theme park in Provence

The house collectors

Gathering bricks and mortar, rather than oil and canvas.

Buck fizz

Surely it should be OK to dislike Champagne?

Glass distinction

Was it the Russians? The Saudis? Or Elton John, who once received a florist’s bill for £293,000? Someone’s to blame…

Dahlia’s design for a plane bed

Wings of desire

When Lewis Carroll created Alice’s wonderland, he sent his diminutive heroine down rabbit holes and through looking glasses and in…