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BUSINESS AND FINANCE

Mario Tavella

Mario Tavella is Chairman of Sotheby's Europe, and President General Director of Sotheby's France. You have worked at Sotheby’s since 1991, so you must have a loyal personality type? Let’s say that it took me a long time to find a job that I liked. I finally found a...

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Christopher Niquet

Christopher Niquet is the creative director at the New York fashion house of his partner, the American designer Zac Posen. A few months ago you published "Models Matter", a book of photographs and short essays about your favorite models. Are models and beauty an...

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Pierre Berge

Pierre Bergé was the business-partner and companion of the couturier Yves Saint Laurent. In 1961 they co-founded the eponymous fashion-house, and they became legal civil partners shortly before the designer died on June 1st 2008. Bergé and Saint Laurent made Morocco...

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Jean Doumanian

The producer Jean Doumanian is the founder of Jean Doumanian Productions, an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated, and Tony Award winning, film, television and theatrical production company. You recently produced the film “Una”. The premiere will be in London in...

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Christian Louboutin

This classic interview with Christian Louboutin was first published in La Stampa on 3rd June 2012. The Design Museum of London is holding a retrospective honouring Christian Louboutin’s twenty-year career. The show runs through 9 July. Mr. Louboutin, what can you tell...

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Carla & Silvia Fendi

We republish this June 2015 interview in fond memory and appreciation of Carla Fendi, who died June 20 2017.   Today Spoleto acknowledges the contribution Carla Fendi has made to the town and confers honorary citizenship on her.  A few days ago I met up with...

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Anda Rowland

Since 2004 Anda Rowland has run Anderson & Sheppard, one of the best known men’s bespoke tailoring companies in London. At the core of Anderson & Sheppard is the English Drape cut: a now classic suiting silhouette, which surfaced as a comfier alternative to...

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Jonathan Taplin

Jon Taplin wrote the book Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and What It Means For All Of Us. The Guardian newspaper review described the book’s central argument as being that “the titans of the digital age frequently...

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Suzy Menkes

Suzy Menkes is a leading British journalist and fashion critic. Formerly the fashion editor for the International Herald Tribune she is now International Fashion Editor for 19 editions of Vogue online. Why did you become a fashion editor? Is fashion your lifelong...

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Dan Colen

Daniel Colen is an artist based in New York. His work consists of painted sculptures appropriating low-cultural ephemera, graffiti-inspired paintings of text executed in paint, and installations. His Purgatory Paintings are on show at MDC, Massimo de Carlo Gallery in...

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Jeff Zalaznick

"The most famous restaurant space in America." Jeff how many restaurants do you and your partners in the Major Food Group have today? We have 14 including the two new ones that are just opening, The Grill and The Pool, a steakhouse and a seafood restaurant. Are the...

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Gilles Kepel

In this August 2016 interview Gilles Kepel said: "I believe that the French political class must overcome its present state of mediocrity, and I hope that next year we will elect a President who is up to dealing with so many challenges." We republish the interview in...

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Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad

Photo London was created by Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital. Photo London harnesses the city’s outstanding creative talent and brings together some of the...

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Maria Grazia Chiuri

"A global vision for the Dior brand." Creating the very personal language of global fashion. Italian fashion designer Maria Grazia Chiuri is the new creative director of Dior. You are the first woman creative director of Dior, following in the footsteps of Christian...

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Athene Donald

The physicist at the head of Cambridge University's Churchill College has concerns about Brexit. Professor Dame Athene Donald, DBE, FRS is Professor of Experimental Physics at Cambridge University, where she is Master of Churchill College. She served as the University...

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Duro Olowu

"Michelle Obama was a real supporter and I felt very honoured because she wore very few non-American designers." Duro Olowu is a Nigerian-born, London-based fashion designer. He is best known for the "Duro dress" and his innovative combinations of patterns and...

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Sterling Ruby

Being an artist represents autonomy. The American artist Sterling Ruby works in a large variety of media including ceramics, painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and video. Proclaimed as one of the most interesting artists to emerge in the twentieth century, and...

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Antoine Gallimard

Antoine Gallimard is President of Éditions Gallimard and the Madrigall Group, which is the third largest French publishing group. Your grandfather Gaston Gallimard was one of the founders of La Nouvelle Revue Française, in order to please some of his friends, among...

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Gerard Baker

Gerard Baker is Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal. He served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief between 2009 and 2013. Previously, he was U.S. editor and an assistant editor of the Times of London. In 1994, he joined the Financial Times as Tokyo...

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Laurent Le Bon

Laurent Le Bon is Director of the Picasso Museum in Paris, the Musée National Picasso. Your previous career was as a Professor and a curator, and now you are the Director of the Picasso Museum in Paris. What is the right profile for the director of an institution...

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Norman Foster

Norman Foster was born in Manchester, England. He graduated from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning and won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University in 1961, where he gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture. In 1963 he co-founded Team 4 and...

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Amit Sood

Combatting stress, the global epidemic of the 21st Century. Dr. Amit Sood was born and raised in Bhopal, India. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and he is committed to decreasing suffering and increasing happiness. Dr. Sood is the author of The Mayo...

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John Micklethwait

The Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg News has an extraordinary platform of observation on what’s happening in the world. What do you think at Bloomberg about the new President Trump’s aggressive attitude towards journalists and the press? Do you think the freedom of the...

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Caterina de Renzis Sonnino

LIVING HISTORY TO SUSTAIN THE FUTURE. The de Renzis Sonnino family has been living in the Castello di Montespertoli since the beginning of the 19th Century. The arrival of Alessandro and Caterina de Renzis Sonnino and their children in 1987 marked the start of a new...

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In Pursuit of Caravaggio

The art dealer Marco Voena is interviewed in London on the eve of the opening of the ground-breaking exhibition Beyond Caravaggio at the National Gallery, which will be followed by an exhibition at Robilant+Voena Gallery, In Pursuit of Caravaggio. Marco, you are...

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Bruce Ginsberg

On the Road with Zen and Tea. Bruce Ginsberg is a South African farmer’s son and a Zen practitioner for 50 years who has immersed himself in Asian cultures and made a life journey through tea. He was Chairman of the Buddhist Society Trust from 1991-2012 and served on...

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Prosper Assouline

Assouline: The luxury brand where everything is about style. Prosper Assouline and his wife Martine have a magnificent office on the 27th floor of a Park Avenue building. From their windows you can see in front of you the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building...

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Corinne Flick

Dr. Corinne Michaela Flick studied both law and literature, and is Founder and Chair of the Convoco! Foundation. Dr. Flick is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute Germany, Co-Founder of the Friends of the Bavarian State Library, Munich, and a member...

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Hannah Rothschild

The Improbability of Love You are quite eclectic and your work has ranged from documentary films, to banking, to philanthropy, to biography, and now to a novel. Why do you think you have many different facets? I have that kind of restless, inquisitive mind. It’s...

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Michelangelo Pistoletto

In honour of the Blenheim Art Foundation presenting Michelangelo Pistoletto at Blenheim Palace, in a solo exhibition running from 15th September – 31st December 2016 celebrating the extensive oeuvre of the Italian artist, we republish this classic interview.  ...

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ANITA PALLENBERG

Anita Pallenberg is an actress, model, and fashion designer. Born in Italy in 1944 she was the partner of the Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones and then the partner of Keith Richards. Anita, you have worked in the worlds of cinema, music and fashion. Would you define yourself as an eclectic person? I would say... READ MORE

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