Luxury Handsets: Fashion Goes Mobile

Normal cell phones have lost their snob appeal. So fashion houses such as Armani and Prada are filling the gap with ultra-snooty designs

A boutique on the Champs-Élysées in Paris carries a mélange of luxury-brand items from such fashion designers as Prada and Giorgio Armani. But unlike in most luxury retail stores, you won't find towering ceilings, track lighting, or crystal display cases for the items. The designer products sold in this small shop are fashion phones.

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