The brands that Karl built

This week, the kid from Hamburg who grew up to become one of the most powerful forces in global fashion. Karl Lagerfield built not one but three hugely successful brands. After his death last week at the age of 85, we’re exploring the flaws, quirks and legacy of this complicated man with the help of Fiachra Gibbons, culture editor at Agence France-Presse and long-time observer of ‘the Kaiser’. We also discuss Europe’s rising problem with anti-Semitism, some good news for Serbia’s gay first couple, and how to make it big in Finland.

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March 20: Suzy Menkes and the Beer-Brewing Monks

Katy makes no secret of the fact that she records this podcast in her pyjamas, but she may need to up her game after this week’s interview with Vogue’s legendary international editor, Suzy Menkes, about the European fashion scene and the death of iconic French designer Hubert de Givenchy. In other news, Dominic comes clean about his traumatic experience as a 12-year-old child star in Siberia and gets mixed up (like everyone else this week) between Slovenia and Slovakia. Plus: happy Finns, clowns, and a PR coup for some beer-brewing Belgian monks.

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See you next week when we’ll have our first-ever Michelin-starred chef on the show!