Today, visible repairs, creatively handled, can signal love, individuality, environmental awareness, or all three.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Every morning, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel walked the few steps to her “office”, where staff, alerted that she was en route, had already sprayed Chanel No. 5 on the staircase. Client fittings happened either in the salon downstairs, or upstairs in the area now occupied by Karl Lagerfeld.

The experience of tasting Rémy Martin’s Louis XIII Cognac—a blend of 1,200 eaux-de-vie that have been aged between 40 and 100 years—is a trip into history. A visit to Poitou-Charentes, France, reveals the soul of this precious liquid.