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  • Banned Luxury Goods Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 10:11 AM ET
    In November 2011, West Hollywood, Calif., became the first city in the U.S. to ban the sale of clothing made of animal fur. The ban goes into effect in , and animal rights activists are hopeful that it will lead other cities to adopt similar measures and, ultimately, end the practice of using animal fur entirely.If history is any indication, even an all-out nationwide ban on animal fur is unlikely to squelch demand. Rather, the likelihood is that it would simply create a black market for such it

    Many luxury goods have existed for centuries and enjoyed widespread popularity despite official bans. What are some in-demand luxury goods that have been banned?

  • Men, Not Women, Drive Luxury Goods Sales in China Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 | 6:57 PM ET
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    Contrary to what might be a popular perception, men and not women make up the bulk of consumers buying luxury goods in China.  Over the past 12 months, Chinese men on average spent 61 percent more than women on fragrances and 52 per cent more on watches, according to McKinsey.

  • Tiffany's Outlook Could Weigh Down High-End Retail Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 | 1:16 PM ET

    Luxury retailer's guidance could spell trouble for sector, but all high-end retail stocks are not created the same, Fast Money pros said.

  • 2011 Top S&P Stocks: No. 25 Ralph Lauren Monday, 28 Nov 2011 | 2:05 PM ET

    The apparel maker saw a 31 percent year-to-date increase in its stock price, but now might not be the time to buy it, Fast Money pros said.

  • Cyber Monday Shopping Monday, 28 Nov 2011 | 7:46 AM ET
    Cyber Monday Shopping

    A look at whether the retail sizzle will soon fizzle, with Marshal Cohen, The NPD Group chief industry analyst, who says consumers are spending on themselves more this year due to pent up demand and the wait for discounts.

  • One California Mall's Laid-Back Plan for Black Friday Friday, 25 Nov 2011 | 11:44 AM ET
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    As retailers race to earlier and earlier opening times, kicking off Black Friday on Thanksgiving Day, one California shopping mall is taking a more laid-back approach.

  • Time Is Money: Investing in Luxury Watches Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 8:44 AM ET
    A rare Patek Philippe 18 karat pink gold watch is displayed 11 May 2007 during a preview in Geneva.

    Rarity, complexity and condition make all the difference when looking for a luxury watch. But while there are major gains to be made, it takes a good eye to know the difference between a clever investment, and a waste of time.

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    Global brands must localize . No longer does simply transporting what worked in the Western world to markets like China work. 

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    Wealthy Americans may appear to the masses as a unified group, but there is divergence in the attitudes of the rich toward holiday spending this year – which means that the key to how the holiday season unfolds may rest in the hands of the wealthiest.

  • Luxury Stocks to Ride the Wealth Boom in China Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 9:16 PM ET
    A man walks past a billboard outside a shopping mall housing luxury brands in Shanghai.

    One way to ride the surge in China’s wealth is to invest in stocks of luxury brands, say analysts. Here are some of their top picks.

  • Yachts in Asia Get Million-Dollar Makeovers Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 10:21 PM ET
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    Asia’s image-conscious rich are spending big money on adding frills to their million-dollar yachts.

  • The grand opening Louis Vuitton shop in Hong Kong.

    Too many people are beginning to own a Louis Vuitton in China. which is eroding the luxury brand's exclusivity.

  • Marathon From Greece to New York Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 1:15 PM ET

    Jim Cramer’s researcher, Nicole Urken, discusses how the ebullience at the NYC marathon this past weekend stands in contrast to the eurozone mood and is an analogy of the divergence in market conditions.

  • Luxury Gifts for the Holidays 2011 Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 11:59 AM ET
    'Tis the time for giving. This holiday season, affluent consumers are becoming more comfortable with their spending. On average, affluent households spend more than four times the average family on holiday gifts, according to the National Retail Federation industry trade group. “After four plus years of reprioritizing and realigning their spending to match their values, affluent consumers are feeling quite good about themselves and their ability to maintain — and even increase — their family’s h

    For those who want to spare no expense, there are plenty of fashionable items that are on trend. Click for some luxurious gift ideas.

  • Luxury Back in Fashion Despite Downturn Monday, 24 Oct 2011 | 9:48 AM ET
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    The market for luxury goods has come back with a bang in the past couple of years, despite volatility elsewhere in the market.

  • Why Is Luxury So Resilient? Saturday, 15 Oct 2011 | 7:00 AM ET
    Why Is Luxury So Resilient?

    At a time when consumers are supposed to be tightening their belts, why has the luxury sector remained so resilient? CNBC explores this question in a debate with the CEOs of Rolls-Royce, Burberry, De Beers and Quintessentially.

  • Price of Lake Boats Up, Cigars Down for Rich Swiss Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 | 9:45 AM ET
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    Living it up in Switzerland has become even more pricey, a new report shows, despite falls in prices for imported goods such as cigars and champagne which have become more affordable thanks to the rise in the Swiss franc.

  • Le Bernardin Restaurant Wins in NYC Friday, 7 Oct 2011 | 10:50 AM ET
    Le Bernardin Restaurant Wins in NYC

    Le Bernardin was just voted New York City's most popular restaurant and received the coveted three Michelin Stars. Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin chef & co-owner, discusses the business and what's behind its rising popularity.

  • Proenza Schouler Runway Spring 2012

    Instant shopping site Moda Operandi offers consumers the chance to preorder next season’s clothes days or even hours after they’ve appeared on runways. That’s long before the spring and summer looks that debuted over the past eight days of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York hit the stores. That is, if some of the more fantastic or theatrical pieces even make it there at all.

  • Celebrity Million-Dollar Extravagances Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | 4:31 PM ET
    People love to read about celebrities who spend huge sums of money on luxury items--even in these hard times. After all, who wouldn’t be amused to learn that Paris Hilton owns a $325,000 doghouse that’s an exact replica of her own mansion?The limits of celebrity conspicuous consumption continue to be pushed. Some of the rich and famous have distinguished themselves through the sheer quantities of cash spent on quirky luxury items—up to $1 million or more. Often, the practicality of these purchas

    Who are some of the celebrities who have spent $1 million or more on decadent extravagances? Click to find out!