Eureka on Monocle 24: How Turin-born Faloni launched his eponymous menswear brand. Faloni built a successful career as a strategy consultant in London and San Francisco. But it was while working on a project in the fashion industry that he saw an opportunity to start his eponymous menswear brand.
Rags to riches
The luxury fashion industry has been in the doldrums for the past year but, if this week is anything to go by, rosier times lie ahead. Firstly, Hermès has revealed its Q1 stock is up a staggering 13.5 per cent. Even more striking, though, is the news by luxury conglomerate Kering (which owns Gucci, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent) that its own first-quarter leap has come off the back of Gucci registering its highest sales in 20 years. The Italian brand’s remarkable results, which suggest that Chinese consumers are finally starting to buy again, are testament to the impact an auteur-like creative director can have on a label. Since taking over in 2015, Alessandro Michele has turned the house’s fortunes around with his distinctive romantic, ruffled designs inspired by historical references.
There’s one detail about Pope Francis’s arrival in Egypt today that has kept the Catholic press buzzing. In keeping with his very public persona – he also did a surprise Ted Talk this week – the pontiff has eschewed the offer of an armoured popemobile as he meets with believers across Egypt, insisting on a “sign of closeness” just weeks after terrorist attacks on Coptic churches. The pope’s visit comes when Egypt is dangerously polarised along religious lines but his meeting with president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will shine a light on the state’s promise to ensure greater security for all Egyptians. For his part, El-Sisi is looking for legitimacy and, after the thumbs up from US president Donald Trump earlier this month, will be doing all he can today to make sure things go smoothly – and safely – today.
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Georgina Godwin meets Irvine Welsh, the hugely acclaimed and often controversial author who defined a generation with his debut novel ‘Trainspotting’. In his new book ‘The Blade Artist’, Begbie is back. Find out how this bad boy of Glasgow has reinvented himself – and how the author has too.
The Classics 18: Dennis Morris
A listen back to a chat with photographer and creative Dennis Morris, whose work with musicians such as Bob Marley and John Lydon – for whom he designed the classic ‘Metal Box’ album art – has earned him a unique place in music history. Original air date: 6 March 2016
On Design 37: Who was Josef Frank?
Stockholm’s design chops are much touted but one practitioner from Austria helped shape the scene more than most locals. Josh Fehnert explores the legacy of the late Josef Frank.
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Friday 28 April
We assess the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, learn why nationalists stormed the Macedonian parliament this week and get some highlights from this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Tribeca and politics
The selection at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival suggests that 2017’s festival season is likely to be dominated by political films. We take a look at the titles that are capturing attention with ‘New Republic’ magazine’s Alex Shephard. Plus: the new documentary recalling the incredible life of actress-turned-inventor Hedy Lamarr and director Katel Quillévéré discusses her new film ‘Heal the Living’.
London’s food revival
How London has leaped from an epitome of mediocre food to a world-class culinary destination (if not the best), beer made from a recipe that’s 5,000 years old, plus what makes a perfect cup of coffee.
Arizona’s date farms
The arid Yuma desert is home to a surprisingly plentiful crop. We meet the medjool-date technicians reaching for the skies in Arizona.
Monocle preview: May issue 2017
If you're in search of a good-looking city to provide a beguiling base for your start-up or residence, our design and property special will be right up your street. We've got all the other details covered too – architects to hire, trade fairs to visit – as well as our usual house-proud line-up of riveting reports and unique photography.Available now at The Monocle Shop.
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Monocle Films has partnered with A. Lange & Söhne to uncover the mystery of how to create a sublime timepiece that will last for generations. We delve into the world of horology to see exactly how the masters do it.
Issue 103 ∙ May 2017
Design and property special. Inside: bright ideas from Barcelona, a Beirut chanteuse and the US’s new liberal capital.
Issue 102 ∙ April 2017
How to: start a fashion brand, join the indie sports team and look hot (in a considered way). Plus: On patrol with a more vigilant Swedish army, our inaugural HQ Audit, the prime minister of Malta on a tough Brexit and our EXPO on the juicy delights of Thailand's blissed-out party Wonderfruit.
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With China and Russia as neighbours, Mongolia’s future rests on pragmatism and smart planning. We look at the forces driving the growth of central Asia’s oasis of democracy.
Cut from different cloth
Uniqlo’s new home represents the company’s desire to become a more hi-tech operation – and rewire its staff at the same time.
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