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LVMH cuts ties to crocodile farms criticized by animal rights group

Luxury good maker LVMH said its Louis Vuitton brand had ceased all trading with Vietnamese farms which animal rights activist group Peta alleged mistreated crocodiles, whose skins are used to make handbags and other accessories. “The LVMH group and its suppliers ceased all trading in 2014 with the farms named by Peta,” LVMH said on Friday, adding that it sources ... Read More »

Zegna’s relaxed, classical-inspired looks open Milan’s men fashion

Italy’s high-end tailor Ermenegildo Zegna launched Milan’s menswear fashion show on Friday with a relaxed yet sophisticated collection inspired by classical looks from the 1940s and 1950s. From Cashmere suits to vegetable-leather overcoats, Zegna’s ‘Crafting Modernity’ collection blends exquisite tailoring with the fast-paced needs of the modern globetrotter, while the influence of sportswear brings a new look to formality. The ... Read More »

Simon Rattle offers up musical ‘tapas bar’ for first season in London

Conductor Simon Rattle unveiled what he described as a musical “tapas bar” on Tuesday as he presented an eclectic program for his first season with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). Rattle, the outgoing chief conductor of the prestigious Berliner Philharmoniker, will take up his new role as music director of the LSO in September and will be running both orchestras ... Read More »

Iraqi artist recreates ancient works destroyed by Islamic State

As Iraqi forces fight to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State, an artist in nearby Erbil is chiseling at clay in a tiny, unheated studio to recreate historic Assyrian monuments destroyed by the group. Ninos Thabet, an 18-year-old Christian who studied art at Mosul University, is creating miniature replicas of statues the jihadists destroyed when they overran ... Read More »

Simon Rattle offers up musical ‘tapas bar’ for first season in London

Conductor Simon Rattle unveiled what he described as a musical “tapas bar” on Tuesday as he presented an eclectic program for his first season with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). Rattle, the outgoing chief conductor of the prestigious Berliner Philharmoniker, will take up his new role as music director of the LSO in September and will be running both orchestras ... Read More »

United Nations Hotel named New York City interior landmark

The United Nations Hotel’s first-floor interior including a mirrored windowless restaurant was designated a New York City landmark on Tuesday by a city commission, honoring it as representative of 1970s and ’80s architectural style. The designation applies to the hotel’s Ambassador Grill restaurant, as well as its lobby reception area, entrance foyer and hallway, which now stand as the most ... Read More »

Thailand expects tourism revenue of nearly $50 billion in 2017

Thailand expects revenue from foreign tourists to rise 8.5 percent to 1.78 trillion baht ($49.8 billion) this year, a deputy prime minister said on Monday. The expected rise results from an improved outlook for global tourism as well as Thailand’s investment in infrastructure, Deputy Prime Minister Thanasak Patimaprakorn told reporters. “This is another year that we will need to focus ... Read More »

Tintin’s debut ‘Land of the Soviets’ adventure gets color makeover

The 1930 debut adventure of fictional young Belgian reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy was republished on Monday, showing his trip to the Soviet Union for the first time in color. Tintin in the Land of the Soviets is the only one of the series of 24 cartoon stories that has only ever appeared in black and white and the ... Read More »

Cuban rides around advertising rules on towering bike

Cubans are adept at inventing ways to earn cash but Felix Guirola stands – or rather, cycles – head and shoulders above them. The handyman, who loves heights, provides advertising space for companies on homemade bikes that tower up to 7.5 meters (24.61 ft). He rides them around Havana in an ingenious way of getting around strict marketing regulations in ... Read More »

Not just a small nick: Priya Goswami’s second film raises an even louder voice against FGM

National-award winner Priya Goswami’s first film looked closely at the practice of female genital cutting practised by the Dawoodi Bohra community of India. The community is one of the more liberal, sects of Islam, yet practises this form of ritualistic Female Genital Circumcision/ Type 1 (FGC) often using crude methods and no anesthesia. Her new film ‘Just a small nick ... Read More »