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  • "Tete" carved by Italian sculptor and painter Amadeo Modigliani

    The wealthy have been turning to the concrete value of collectibles during the financial crisis. But some of the sector's stability is illusory.

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    In the past, investors rarely cared much about off-the-job spending by CEOs. But in the current climate, the yacht and Ferrari habits of CEOs may, indeed, be relevant to investors.

  • Despite weak earnings guidance, this investor expect Apple-like results, albeit on a smaller scale, from Lululemon Athletica later this year.

  • Take a finely crafted object, add exceptional provenance and the passion of collectors with means and passion—the likes of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and actors Richard Gere and Steven Seagal. What do you get? Some of the world’s most expensive electric guitars.Like most collectibles, vintage guitars have lost value since the financial crisis. At an auction this weekend of guitars and equipment that belonged to late legendary guitar innovator Les Paul, the top estimate for a signed 1968 Gib

    Click ahead to see the vintage guitar with the deepest cred —and some of the highest prices paid by enthusiasts.

  • Two women look at a jewelry display in a luxury shopping mall in Shanghai. Following in the footsteps of Japan, China has become the world's second-largest consumer of high-end fashion, accessories and luxury goods.

    Economic growth in China has created a voracious appetite for luxury goods. Now wealthy shoppers there are shunning labels they see as tainted by the common touch.

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    Tiffany’s been dropping for weeks, and option traders are positioned for an even deeper plunge.

  • Prada Shopper

    As Asia cools and Europe’s middling wealthy hunker down, the super-rich are expected to be the prime movers in the market for luxury goods.

  • Fab.com sale

    Flash-sale websites such as Gilt Groupe and Ru La La were hailed as disruptors in the ecommerce space, but recently there’s been a bit of a disruption in their success story, prompting some to wonder if flash-sale sites are more of a marketing gimmick than a sustainable business model.

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  • The “Mad Money” host details his “Game Plan.”

  • Every so often, a movie or television show depicts a character in an outfit that becomes iconic. It probably isn’t the intention of most filmmakers to inspire fashion revolutions with their movies, but the makers of “Flashdance” probably didn’t mind when America’s teenage girls started blowing their entire allowances on legwarmers.Not every movie or television show can achieve such a feat on that kind of scale, but many try, with varying degrees of success. What follows is a list of those that m

    What follows is a list of those that made an article of clothing famous, made characters famous for fashion sense, or managed some combination of the two.

  • “Dress for the job you want” goes the old adage. Today’s power dresser knows that clothes are an important part of projecting an image of success and confidence in the corporate jungle.“Power dressing is about learning to present yourself in the most dramatic way,” said Alan Flusser, owner of a New York City-based custom shop for men. “It’s about dressing in a manner that projects importance or success.”The road to haberdashery success is not as clear-cut as in years past, since employees have m

    Seeking to land that promotion or nail that key meeting? Power-dressing experts shared their top tips for projecting an image of success as you climb the corporate ladder.

  • This year at the Walpole China Luxury Conference in London there were actually bears in the room. Many expressed concern that if European consumer spending slowed, spending from China will not be enough to offset the weakness.

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    According to digital performance company iProspect, there are 19 million affluent men online, and the vast majority of them are shopping. Nearly half of these wealthy men spend more than $4,000 a year online.

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    With Coach shares hovering around an all-time high, it seems investors have put any worries about China on the back burner for now. But investors will be looking for the next leg of growth when Coach reports earnings Tuesday. Is the men's business the answer?

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    Coming off a year where global IPO performance declined across the board, shares of Tumi Holdings traveled in high style during their debut on the Big Board.

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    Recent reports from the worlds of retailing, real estate and education suggest that speaking Mandarin is becoming a prerequisite to making high-end sales.

  • American Apparel CEO Speaks

    One year ago, American Apparel was warning of a possible bankruptcy and facing a new round of sexual harassment allegations against its CEO. Have things changed? CNBC's Jane Wells spoke with Dov Charney, the company's CEO, to find out.

  • Shoppers 'Hop' to Stores Before Easter

    Retailers are mostly reporting solid gains in March as warm weather prompted consumers to buy seasonal merchandise sooner than normal. Adrianne Shapira, Goldman Sachs broadlines retail analyst, weighs in.

  • Nike's New NFL Jersey Designs

    CNBC's Darren Rovell speaks to Charlie Denson, Nike president about the 32 redesigned NFL jerseys.