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

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

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

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...

Behind Closed Doors: Lapicida

The stone and tile specialist is increasingly in demand for restoration projects

Behind Closed Doors: Savernake Knives

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

One man’s lifelong love of Scottish furniture and antiques is bearing fruit in Cupar

Behind Closed Doors: Craven Dunnill Jackfield

Britain’s last encaustic tile-maker has been around for 150 years and is increasingly sought-after for its time-honoured skills

Behind Closed Doors: Freedom Bakery

Giving people a second chance at life is the driving force behind this artisan breadmaker with a difference

Behind Closed Doors: Fine Cell Work

Some of the biggest names in British textile design are working with a charity that helps prisoners to rebuild their lives
polishing of the upper part of a Chopard watch case, made from Fairmined gold

Behind Closed Doors: Chopard

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