NEWS IN QUOTES: October 2010

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Who said what in the world of watches and jewellery.

“We always like to do shocking pics and it’s worked for us. If you upset one person, you get business somewhere else.”
Bobby White on shooting controversial promotional campaigns for his jewellery brand.

“As he ran away I tripped him up and his bag fell on the floor. I picked it up and a group of guys tried to grab him. I felt a huge rush of adrenaline — when he was swinging the hammer I really didn’t know what was going on.”
Pedestrian Robert Dennis talks about the chaos as a group of 50 shoppers tackled a smash-and-grab gang attempting to rob Ernest Jones’ store at Kensington in London.

“I have been holding off on the Botox and the small annoying dog. I will always be a London girl.”
Ana De Costa jokes about avoiding falling into the Hollywood lifestyle after Lindsey Lohan and Angelina Jolie are spotted wearing her jewellery.

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“People who buy into ultra luxury are in it for the image and price is definitely not an object of contention for such people. My clientele pay for the uniqueness of my designs.”
Akillis chief executive Caroline Gaspard on selling three of the world’s most expensive diamond-encrusted belts at £35,500 each.

“It was such a shock. It’s extra costs we didn’t need at this stage. I’ve worked hard to get this far. It does make me angry.”
Kate Johnson talks of her distress after her store Kotori in Colchester is robbed after just 10 days in business.

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