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Table of Contents:VOL. 156, NO. 6 - September 17, 2007
The business of luxury Luxury goods have grown into a $220-billion-a-year industry. In the following stories, Fortune takes a look at the companies and the people behind the boom. (more)
Going global and upscale while creating a new in-house brand for J.C. Penney, Ralph Lauren wants to sell all things to all people. (more)
A new crop of investing vehicles focuses on the conspicuous-consumption sector. (more)
Can the world's most exclusive brands cater to both the top and the bottom and still keep their cachet? (more)
Looking to freshen its dated brand, Brooks Brothers reaches out to 21st-century designer Thom Browne. (more)
Robert Duffy is a merchandiser, a corporate infighter, and the man standing between a famous designer and his demons. (more)
The men and women who personify the business of style. A Fortune portfolio. Photographs by Ben Baker; words by Eugenia Levenson (more)
7 strong stocks to buy now We combed the ranks of fastest-growing companies to find those recent highfliers poised to continue soaring. By Yuval Rosenberg and Eugenia Levenson (more)
The class of '07 This year's list of America's supercharged performers. (more)
Mission Impossible A former Silicon Valley exec turned Pentagon boss wants to put Iraq back to work. But his plan to restart the country's state-owned factories has run into roadblocks. (more)
Feckless borrowers, goofy lenders, myopic regulators - it took a cast of characters worthy of Dr. Seuss to create the mortgage mess. By Peter Eavis (more)
On Oct. 19, 1987, the Dow fell 22%. Ten veterans share their memories of what it was like and the lessons they learned. By Corey Hajim and Jia Lynn Yang (more)
Legendary media investor Alan Patricof has found new life in the Big Apple's web startup scene. (more)
How do you sell $76 billion of consumer goods? One brand at a time. Procter & Gamble's chief marketing officer, Jim Stengel, talks with Geoff Colvin. (more)
Fidelity's deafening silence A string of high-profile exits. The rumored illness of his daughter. How long can Ned Johnson avoid publicly addressing the fund giant's future? (more)
The beleaguered auto workers' union is making a major effort to organize the nation's casino dealers. (more)
The Wall Street bond titan and BlackRock CEO calls the current liquidity crisis 'much worse' than the one that roiled markets in 1998. He speaks with Fortune's Peter Eavis about the credit crunch. (more)
Where do business titans Rupert Murdoch, Carl Icahn, and James Kilts regularly go for a trim? (more)
Curse of the Black Swan Greg Stemm's company found the richest trove of sunken treasure ever. Now comes the hard part: Keeping it. (more)
Bush budget numbers Don't believe the hype: The deficit is much bigger than you think. (more)
Consumer content is driving the Internet's future. (more)
Government gets off easy in Bill Clinton's new book about giving. (more)
The Ogilvy & Mather CEO responds to readers' queries.  (more)
Tales of the crash of 2007 Some people are losing their homes - and some their marriages. (more)
Prices of stocks, bonds, and real estate have a long way to fall. (more)
Many stocks were bruised in the recent market tumble; we found ripe choices with bright prospects. By Corey Hajim (more)
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