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February 2016

Are you a host with the most? The art of first impressions. Our first Reader Survey on the friendliest people, nations, cities, airports, hotels and brands – and how you can join their smiling ranks.

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Top of the tree

Perched between ravines and woodland in Baden-Württemberg’s valleys, a crop of homegrown companies are branching out while remaining faithful to their roots. From a watchmaker to a brewery, we size up the firms successfully…

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Welcome news

Innovative brands extending their reach, fresh-faced start-ups launching their first ventures and established institutions in line for a facelift: we round up what's new and notable in hospitality worldwide for the year…

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What'll it be, sir?

There’s more to good hospitality than offering guests a gin and tonic upon arrival (even if that is the way to some of our hearts). In this edition we gauge which businesses and nations provide the warmest welcomes.

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January

From the editorial team at Monocle, our annual focus on the currents, trends and monkey business to watch out for in the year ahead.

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Reportage: Fabric of society

The textile-and-clothing industry has always been integral to Europe’s economy. Despite Asia’s recent dominance, German looms and presses are still whirring away as tried-and-tested companies are brought back into the fold…

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Fertile markets

Rural depopulation is the flipside of the urban success story but there are ways to make sure it doesn’t leave city-dwellers bereft of fresh produce or their age-old connection to the soil. Here are three firms ploughing…

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Branching out

An Italian company has taken inspiration from nature to design a graceful outdoor gym. The collaboration, using specially developed materials, is robust enough to survive in public spaces but beautiful enough to avoid…

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It's a small world

Bigger isn’t always better, as these petite but perfectly formed shared spaces prove. From a restaurant-cum-shop in Tokyo to a set-up in São Paulo that serves everything from cocktails to culture, we size up the tiny tra…

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Trade routes

From fashion brands in Budapest to Tokyo’s sport scene, we check out the places with markets worth monitoring in 2016.

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Plugged in

Honda’s Super Cub scooter is about to enter a petrol-free future in the form of its successor, the EV-Cub. The original 1958 curves are still there, with the addition of all the requirements of affordable green transport…

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Hop on board

Grand transit projects add sheen to a city government's reputation but cheaper, less disruptive ways to keep things moving are on the rise. Don't be surprised to see tiny buses on your town's streets soon.

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Ground control

Our editor in chief is no stranger to airports and so knows the appeal of landing close to the heart of the action as opposed to being stranded out in the sticks. Will 2016's city-planners get on board?

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Air mettle

In the commercial battle for our skies, Airbus has planted its European standard firmly in Boeing's US soil. But with new players entering the passenger-jet game, the old duopoly is facing ever more crowded skies.

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December 2015/ January 2016

Hunker down for the holidays: a Monocle Christmas special. Feet up, curl up and read up – we sit down with Nato's secretary-general, take a studio tour with Ed Ruscha and meet Madrid's tough new mayor

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The Interview Series: Jerry Storch

The pioneering traits that helped Hudson’s Bay Company open up Canada for trade centuries ago are still evident as it expands its retail operations worldwide – a legacy that newly installed boss Jerry Storch intends to…

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Silver lining

After the 1915 Armenian genocide, the nation’s artisans sought asylum in Lebanon – and there, with nothing but the skills their forefathers had taught them, they created a glistening jewellery industry.

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Brace yourself

In world where everyone seems to dress the same something rather special is stirring in Bavaria, where young men are rediscovering the joys of lederhosen and women the upfront joys of the dirndl.

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Business briefing

A Japanese packaging company re-energising an ancient tradition, an innovative medical clinic in Portland, Oregon, and a Q&A with an F&B entrepreneur from Jakarta.

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November 2015

Design Directory: from Beirut to São Paulo, Rovaniemi to Toronto. Part two – of Monocle's overview of the best in handsome architecture, desirable furniture, retail outposts, fine craft folk and top designers.

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Making the cut

More than just places for a trim, the barbershops of Istanbul sit somewhere between confessional and symposium. The men behind the chair, therefore, train for years to become dedicated specialists with chat as keen as their…

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Style counsel

When Raffaello Napoleone took over at Pitti Immagine, Florence’s Pitti Uomo was a moribund trade fair. Having revitalised both it and the city’s fashion business, he shares his wisdom on the leadership skills needed to help…

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