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Karl Lagerfeld's Penchant For Pens... Ball That Glitters...

A self-proclaimed “paper freak,” Karl Lagerfeld also has a penchant for pens. It’s why he created a line of writing instruments and lighters for S.T. Dupont.

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TURNING JAPANESE: After four decades of doing business in Japan, Leonard founder and president Daniel Tribouillard on Wednesday was conferred the country’s highest decoration for a foreigner, the Order of the Rising Sun. Guests gathered at the Japanese embassy in Paris for the ceremony included Patrick Thomas, chief executive officer of Hermès; Mario Boselli, president of the Italian Chamber of Fashion; and Françoise Montenay, president of the supervisory board of Chanel SAS. Tribouillard said he had been a regular visitor to Japan for 42 years, opening 100 stores in what is his label’s biggest market. “I could be a tourist guide in Kyoto!” he joked in his acceptance speech. Japanese ambassador Yasuo Saito credited the French executive with reviving interest in traditional Japanese kimonos by customizing them with Leonard patterns.

 

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