Dana Thomas began her career writing for the style section of The Washington Post and served for 15 years as the European cultural and fashion correspondent for Newsweek in Paris. She is a contributing editor for T: The New YorkTimes Style Magazine and has written for The New Yorker, theWall Street Journal, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and the Financial Times. She lives in Paris.
Documents how luxury goods have been transformed by a shift from exclusive distribution practices by quality-minded family businesses to mass production by profit-minded big corporations, revealing the secrets of top designers while examining the ways in which today's methods have had a negative impact. Reprint.