Alibaba worked with 40 brands including Nike and Adidas last year to remove fake athletic shoes, watches and bags on the company’s largest retail platform Taobao Marketplace

Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce operator, rejected claims in a lawsuit by Kering that it facilitates the sale of counterfeit merchandise. Kering (...)

Constraint gets a bad name. Negative associations with restrictions and boundaries come to mind easily. The central idea of this book, however, is tha(...)

Jamie Cudmore in his eye-catching footwear in the Champions Cup final against Toulon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont lock Jamie Cudmore drew some attention in the build-up to the European Rugby Champions Cup final for his choice of footwear. Laced high above(...)

Trespass: to open a new store at Killarney Outlet Centre later this month

The outdoor clothing and accessories brand Trespass is to open a new store at Killarney Outlet Centre this month. The unit of 152sq m (1,636sq ft) wi(...)

Dena Walker, head of advertising at Irish International, says: “As an industry, we probably haven’t done as good a job as we could have about explaining the value of creativity.”

How many brands do you love? The answer, if it’s not zero, is probably close to it.The advertising industry can be guilty of rhetoric about brands hav(...)

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, who have been married for 21 years. Photograph: Elaine Thompson/AP Photo

To be a billionaire, the first thing you need is a personality disorder.That is what I had always assumed, based on my own experience of having interv(...)

Clothes from Agender, the new department of gender-neutral clothing in Selfridges

In July 2014, a three-letter word was entered into the Svenska Akademiens Ordlista, the official arbiter of the Swedish language. That word was hen(...)

End of the road: Belfast-Waterford-Dublin-Waterford-Belfast, over the course of four days. By the end I was deaf, my left leg had developed a cramping twitch and my wallet was sucked dry by the 25mpg thirst.

If they’ve put up a special museum exhibit all about you, it probably means you’re old now. I wonder if that’s how the late, great Nelson Mandela felt(...)

Masters champion Jordan Spieth: “He’s athletic, he’s young, he has the right character and he wins.” Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

It isn’t all about the money but, in a professional world, of course it matters. Jordan Spieth’s victory in the Masters tournament at Augusta Nationa(...)

Jordan Spieth wears the green jacket of the 2015 Masters Champion at the 79th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday. (Photograph: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Jordan Spieth’s yearlong wait to don a green jacket as the winner of golf’s Masters Tournament will pay off. The soft-spoken Texan who is as focused (...)