With Carnival, I began to think about masks. I only wish that we could still associate them with the glamorous Venetian variety that stirs a frisson of mystery. But sadly, due to the pandemic, we are growing accustomed to a new mask. This version forces us, even in rare lockdown encounters, to assess each other without the benefit of a facial expression, now covered. No, it is down to the eyes. I wondered are they helping us view into souls as Shakespeare had us believe?

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Thursday 4 March 10:30am
British brands have for centuries symbolised luxury. What aspiring millionaire doesn’t, on attaining wealth, immediately buy a Rolls Royce or Bentley and drive to Claridges for a spot of Fortnum’s blend tea? No doubt she is sporting a Johnston of Elgins cashmere and Alexander McQueen skirt underneath a Burberry coat, the suitable attire for shopping later at Harrods. So what does it take to promote, protect and develop these high end businesses worth billions to the UK economy? We have invited Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole – the industry association for the British Luxury sector – to explain how its 270 member brands, including those named above, are fostered while also cultivating the opulent brands of the future. READ MORE

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