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Once luxury was available only to the rarefied and aristocratic world of old money and royalty. It offered a history of tradition, superior quality, and a pampered buying experience. Today, however, luxury is simply a product packaged and sold by multibillion-dollar global corporations focused on growth, visibility, brand awareness, advertising, and, above all, profits. Award-winning journalist Dana Thomas digs deep into the dark side of the luxury industry to uncover all the secrets that Prada, Gucci, and Burberry don?t want us to know. Deluxe is an uncompromising look behind the glossy faAsade that will enthrall anyone interested in fashion, finance, or culture.You can buy fake Louis Vuitton handbags, Gucci sunglasses, and Burberry knapsacks in shops on Canal Street in New ... in flea markets, on the Internet, even in the living rooms of suburban America, where housewives host a€œpurse partiesa€ to make ... Interpol secretary general Ronald K. Noble told the U.S. House Committee on International Relations in 2003 that ... Oberfeldt and intellectual property rights lawyer Heather McDonald found a flight manual and simulator program andanbsp;...

Author: Dana Thomas
Publisher:Penguin - 2007-08-16

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