We visit the world’s oldest porcelain brand, Vista Alegre

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The story of Portugal’s finest porcelain is one of relentless focus on skill and imaginative design – along with a workers’ utopia to rival...
Nancy Creaney (left), who has overseen the 1867 collection, with colour consul­tant Melissa Strong.

Behind Closed Doors: Todd & Duncan

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Scottish cashmere is reputed to be among the very best you can get, but what makes it so special? After all, most of the world’s cashmere starts off from the same place – the fine, soft hair of goats tended by nomadic herdsmen in Mongolia.

Behind Closed Doors: La Manufacture Cogolin

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Artisanal savoir-faire meets dazzling design flair at this heritage French rug maker Words Catherine Coyle When French rug maker La Manufacture Cogolin was bought over by...
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Behind Closed Doors: Lapicida

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The stone and tile specialist is increasingly in demand for restoration projects
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Behind Closed Doors: Savernake Knives

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Bespoke Chefs’ knives, handcrafted from the highest quality materials, ensure this firm remains a cut above

Behind Closed Doors: At the Sign of the Pelican

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One man’s lifelong love of Scottish furniture and antiques is bearing fruit in Cupar
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Behind Closed Doors: Craven Dunnill Jackfield

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Britain’s last encaustic tile-maker has been around for 150 years and is increasingly sought-after for its time-honoured skills
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Behind Closed Doors: Freedom Bakery

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Giving people a second chance at life is the driving force behind this artisan breadmaker with a difference
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Behind Closed Doors: Fine Cell Work

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Some of the biggest names in British textile design are working with a charity that helps prisoners to rebuild their lives
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Behind Closed Doors: Chopard

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Can sustainable, ethical sourcing ever go hand in hand with luxury? The Swiss watchmaker is on a journey to make it happen