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When Art Deco was introduced in Paris at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Moderne, it was basically a marketing tool—a way to reinvigorate the world of French luxury goods. It transcended the role, of course, and luxury purveyors are again looking back to the jazz age for inspiration. Bottega Veneta designer Thomas Maier pays homage to the gold-leaf look with his latest collection of shoes. And at Fendi, Deco shapes grace the Vanity handbag. In October, Cartier will bring "Cartier Design Viewed by Ettore Sottsass"—an exhibit of mostly Art Deco jewelry—to Houston's Museum of Fine...

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