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Robert Klara

Can Lady Gaga's Keyboardist Make His Donut-Shaped Keyboard Into a Brand?

At 1,000 pounds, it's got 292 keys and a $45,000 price tag

Brockett Parsons was a man at the peak of his career—but something was holding him back. It was 2011 and Parsons, as the keyboardist for Lady Gaga's touring band, had played…

The Sticky Story of Krazy Glue (and How It Holds Our Lives Together)

It’s Strong. It’s Clear. Just keep your fingers away from it

In 1968, the Japanese chemical company Toagosei began selling a fast-bonding glue called Aron Alpha. The name didn't exactly roll off the tongue. But neither did the glue's chemical name,…

Why Riedel Is the Stem That Wine Lovers Reach For

Legendary glassware 11 generations in the making

Maximilian J. Riedel still recalls the day that Robert Mondavi came to visit his father, Georg. It was back in the 1980s, and the legendary California vintner had already been…

Why Rich Boys (and Girls) Are Buying Fewer Toys

Cool experiences are more important than cool stuff

While it's certainly nice to be rich, these are not the easiest times to be a member of society's top tier of income earners. Venture capitalist Tom Perkins laid it…

8 Ways the Creature From the Black Lagoon Still Walks Among Us

How does a 61-year-old, C-list monster stay so popular?

In a few weeks, New York-based Mezco toys will release a new action figure as part of its Living Dead Dolls series. The figure is 10 inches tall, highly detailed…

Advertisers Can Finally Boogie Again With the Disco Hit Y.M.C.A.

Iconic Village People song lives on in licensing

It's been 38 years since it was written, 26 years since it was in the top 10 and four years since it became the center of a contentious international court…

How Dr. Martens Army Boots Conquered the Fashion World

Guess who sparked the trend that keeps coming back in style?

It was sometime in the mid 1960s, possibly the Marquee Club, or maybe it was the Railway Hotel, but one thing is certain: By the time The Who's guitarist Pete…

How David Maddocks Is Putting a Spring in Cole Haan’s Step

Converse marketing all-star updates a heritage brand

When Nike plunked down $305 million for a slightly down-at-the-heel Converse in 2003, it tasked David Maddocks with getting the brand back in the running. (He did, helping to increase…

Could 3-D Body Scanners Help You Find the Perfect Pair of Jeans?

Peer into the fitting room of the future

A couple of years ago, the apparel industry was abuzz about Me-Ality, a tech startup from Nova Scotia, Canada, with a radical proposition: If 3-D digital scanning booths could size…

Fashionistas Had to Post 26,000 Tweets to Crack Open This Mysterious Orb

How Nars created a 'Breakthrough' event

Fashion-forward American women are willing to do a lot to get their hands on the season's "it" bag. But how about flocking to the Web to join in a rapid-fire…

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