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Robert Klara
This New Year's, Raise a Toast to the Strong-Willed Widow Who Reinvented Champagne Veuve Clicquot made bubbly what it is today

Tragic deaths generally aren't good for business, with the notable exception of Veuve Clicquot. It was 1805, and Francois Clicquot, the owner of a failing vineyard in Reims, France, was…

December 15, 2014, 6:26 PM EST

Why James Bond Still Drives an Aston Martin, Even If He's Not Helping Sales An obscure British car and the spy who loved it

When Desmond Llewelyn (better known as "Q") displayed the Aston Martin DB5 to James Bond in 1964, he was unveiling a sports car version of the license to kill. The…

December 11, 2014, 3:36 PM EST

Five Brands That Turned 100 Years Old in 2014 And why they still matter

One of the strange things about living with so many brands is that we don’t notice how short their tenure can actually be. Many companies that once seemed to be…

December 10, 2014, 12:10 PM EST

This Holiday, Why Not Give Dad a Boeing 747? Or at Least, Part of One Storied plane maker sells vintage parts and photos

Ever dream of having your own 707 wide-body jet? Or something sportier like a P-51 Mustang? Well, it's finally possible (in a sense), thanks to an unusual marketing initiative at…

December 9, 2014, 10:52 AM EST

How the Hermès Scarf Remains an A-List Accessory: By Being Stubbornly French The world's sleekest square of silk, sold every 25 seconds

In the fashion world there are scarves, and then there is the scarf. Queen Elizabeth II wore one for her postage-stamp portrait. Jackie Kennedy kept the Nantucket rain off her…

December 7, 2014, 10:11 PM EST

Chances Are, the Clothes You're Wearing Right Now Have Been Washed in Tide How the detergent has reigned for 68 years

Assuming you're not naked as you read this, there's a 40 percent chance that whatever you're wearing has been washed in the last week, and a 38 percent chance that…

December 1, 2014, 12:02 AM EST

The Guy Who Hired Amy Poehler to Make Content 'Snackable' CMO Cold Call with Old Navy's Ivan Wicksteed

Setting aside the recent controversy about charging higher prices for plus-size women's jeans, Old Navy has been getting its share of good press lately. Celebrating its 20th birthday at the…

November 30, 2014, 11:35 PM EST

Have We Entered the Age of Brand Terrorism? Why foreign operatives have their sights set on America's famous brand names

In October, FBI director James Comey no doubt caused a sleepless night for many an executive when he told CBS' 60 Minutes that "there are two kinds of big companies in…

November 30, 2014, 11:35 PM EST

Why Black Friday Is Overrated (and Always Was) The hot shopping day that's actually...meh

Travis Dent hopes Black Friday just dies, not least because it's already killed seven people. "The only thing 'doorbuster' deals has going for it is novelty," said Dent, a Web…

November 24, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

Bob Marley-Branded Pot Is Here, but Would He Be Fuming? The latest capitalist product named after a rebellious icon

On the cover of 1973's Catch a Fire album, there's a photo of Bob Marley that's become an icon for the transcendent powers of smoking marijuana. The reggae master squints…

November 20, 2014, 2:11 PM EST

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