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The spirit of friendship.

You were never meant to have this tequila made by George Clooney and nightlife impresario Rande Gerber. Friends for decades, the two purchased property together in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and built two houses, decked out for when they need to escape—and drink tequila.

A historic jewel.

FROM THE ARCHIVE:Hangzhou, situated in the Yangtze River Delta and a 38-minute ride by high-speed train from Shanghai, is one of China’s most unique destinations.

Bean-to-bar chocolate.

When you enter the shop on rue de la Roquette, you’re hit with the most luxurious of aromas: chocolate. And not just any chocolate but chocolate made in the open manufacture (workshop) on-site. This chocolate is so pure, all that’s missing is the cocoa plantation out back.

Underneath it all.

That old adage, sex sells, has played a role in Agent Provocateur’s success over its 20-year history—but it certainly hasn’t been the only factor.

Journey to jazz.

“Here’s the deal: jazz has never been my genre,” says Annie Lennox, sitting on the sofa in her manager’s office in Los Angeles. Nevertheless, one day Lennox found herself searching for jazz tunes on YouTube and she fell down the Internet rabbit hole.

Purely Polish.

Belvedere not only rides the wave of popularity of luxury vodkas, but also makes a good claim to having established the category.

Going global.

Like a chalkboard, HB pencils, and a desk whose top opens to reveal dried gum stuck to its insides, a globe is something most of us remember from our school days, yet haven’t given much thought to since Grade 4. This was no different for Peter Bellerby, who, in 2008, set about on a quest to find the perfect globe for his father’s 80th birthday.

Small obsessions.

You might expect the aesthetic of Gabrielecorto Moltedo, who grew up as a scion of the Bottega Veneta empire, to be one of understated luxury. But although he has tapped into his heritage of exceptional Italian craftsmanship, he is out on his own when it comes to design.

Tapping the future.

To most people a faucet is a faucet and that’s pretty much it. But Paul Flowers of Germany’s Grohe waxes poetic about the utilitarian fixture the way some people do about important paintings.