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The Luxury Police

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British travel writer Grant Thatcher is appalled at what passes for luxury these days. "Luxury is the precise intersection of high-quality materials, perfect form, functional design and the utmost skilled craftsmanship. Luxury is not lots of diamonds on things. It's not everything slathered in foie gras, and it's certainly not the latest starlet with her own scrubby fragrance that smells like floral bog cleaner and will end up down the pan in a year. Hilary Duff? Oh puh-leeease." (Gosh, Grant, tell us what you really think.) For true luxury, he recommends La Crasia, a glove store on the eighth floor of 1181 Broadway at 26th Street. [The Moment]