British Fashion Council’s 2023 Fashion Awards
Monocle on Design on Monocle Radio: Natalie Theodosi joins Nic Monisse for a 2023 Fashion Awards round-up in London. Monocle’s fashion editor, Natalie Theodosi, joins Nic Monisse for a special round-up of the 2023 Fashion Awards in London, with commentary and interviews from Carla Mercer, Julie Liu and Alice and Charlie Casely-Hayford.
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A little goes a long way
Small countries can teach us a thing or two about everything from foreign policy to social cohesion; the Nordics have already shown us that. But what about really small countries? And I mean really small. I recently hopped in a car and embarked on the roughly four-hour drive north from Milan to Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, to find out.Vaduz is a sleepy place full of chocolatiers and watch shops. On a hillside overlooking the town, a huge schloss houses the royal family that rules over this principality of some 40,000 people, sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland. I was there to meet foreign minister Dominique Hasler (pictured) for an article in Monocle’s Alpino newspaper, which is on newsstands on Thursday. Among other things, I wanted to hear about her country taking over the six-month presidency of the Council of Europe for the first time in more than 20 years. I was intrigued to hear what this small, prosperous nation, which has one of the world’s highest GDPs per capita, could be worried about. And what did it have to tell the world? Quite a lot, it turns out.
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Retail forays with Mytheresa, Mud Australia and DJ Sofia Kourtesis
This month we want to aid and inspire your festive retail forays, whether that’s through the fine porcelains of Sydney-based brand Mud Australia or a new album by Peruvian artist, Sofia Kourtesis. We also check in with online-retail giant Mytheresa to find out what makes customers tick at this time of year and delve into the history of the most festive evergreen: mistletoe.
Unfeigned and Kind Regards
Rafa Gomez founded menswear brand Unfeigned as a result of his futile pursuit to find a quality, basic T-shirt. Now it’s a thriving business and very much a family affair. Rafa and his sister, Unfeigned’s art director, Maria, join the show to chat about the start of the label and how the family makes working together work. Plus: insights from Shope Delano and Natalia Barros Vives of London-based womenswear label Kind Regards.
Joining Georgina Godwin in today’s episode is American author Sandra Newman, whose sixth novel, ‘Julia’, offers a bold feminist reinterpretation of George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’. The book expands upon the protagonist Winston Smith’s narrative to unveil and explore the experiences of women in Oceania. Born in Boston, Newman has lived in many countries, including Germany, Russia, Malaysia and England, and her professions have ranged from academia to professional gambling. She speaks about her experiences prior to her debut novel, which was published in 2002 to critical acclaim, and how it changed the trajectory of her life.
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This week on The Stack we speak with celebrated chef René Redzepi about his restaurant’s first magazine, ‘Noma in Kyoto’. Plus: we feature the beautiful BMW title, ‘Freude.Forever’, and ‘Roam’, a magazine celebrating modern folk.
Putin’s surprise visit to the Middle East
As fighting in Gaza rages on, we examine Vladimir Putin’s trip to Saudi Arabia and the UAE to discuss the Israel-Hamas conflict. Plus: Austria pushes to speed up EU accession talks with the Western Balkan and the latest theatre news.
British Fashion Council’s 2023 Fashion Awards
Monocle’s fashion editor, Natalie Theodosi, joins Nic Monisse in the studio for a special round-up of the 2023 Fashion Awards in London, with commentary and interviews from Carla Mercer, Julie Liu and Alice and Charlie Casely-Hayford.
Israel’s “second stage” war strategy and the benefits of a rant
Monocle’s Andrew Mueller is joined by panellists Annette Dittert and Mark Lowcock to discuss Israel’s “second stage” war strategy, the EU’s debate over using frozen Russian assets in Ukraine and the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa. Plus: is venting good for you?
Pressure on Netanyahu at home and abroad
A fraud trial against Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, restarts as he comes under international pressure to reduce civilian deaths in Gaza. Plus: a former US diplomat is accused of spying for Cuba, France exerts itself in the South Pacific and George Santos’s post-Congress life.
Monocle preview: December/January issue, 2023
Monocle’s bumper December/January double issue surveys the world’s most influential nations, from the European country with visa-free travel to 190 states to the Asian outpost with a crooning president. Elsewhere, we reveal the history of French animated storytelling with a comic of our own and plot a course for a fruitful festive shopping spree Order your copy today.
Konfekt preview: Issue 13
It’s frosty outside – allow Konfekt’s winter issue to invite you in. Embrace the festive season’s sparkle with our first-ever jewellery special and let us recommend gifts and decorations – be it Lithuanian straw stars, French wreaths or Swiss treats. Whether downhill or cross-country, we’ll lead you on and off the pistes at snowy Alpine resorts and head up the Himalayas on a Nepalese reportage. From Finnish woollen coats to an Iranian hatter’s surreal creations, our fashion picks will get you ready for a whole season of brisk walks, cosying up and sleek hosting. Grab your copy today.
Monocle preview: The Forecast 2024
Get ahead of the game with The Forecast, Monocle’s annual magazine looking forward to the year to come. The fifth Small Cities Index charts the urban jewels that are shining brightly away from familiar haunts, while we also find out how the wind is back in the sails of the shipping industry, why South Korea’s beauty successes are more than skin deep and what the Swiss Army’s new branding looks like. Shift up a gear for 2024. Order your copy today.
Helsinki market-hall revival
To celebrate our inaugural Retail Awards, we head to a newly renovated food hall in Helsinki. From cheese and smoked fish to fresh pastries and locally grown vegetables, the Hakaniemi Market Hall is the perfect place to stock up on supplies – and to linger in cosy restaurants. Join us as we tour its splendid aisles.
Issue 169 ∙ December 2023/January 2024
Monocle’s bumper December/January double issue surveys the world’s most influential nations, from the European country with visa-free travel to 190 states to the Asian outpost with a crooning president. Elsewhere, we reveal the history of French animated storytelling with a comic of our own and plot a course for a fruitful festive shopping spree in a city near you.
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Monocle's handbook for the year to come - and why there's lots to look forward to. + Our annual guide to the world's best small cities - for business, nature and being happy.
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Despite the convenience of online shopping, a new generation of designers, buyers and entrepreneurs are reaffirming the irreplaceable charms of in-person retail. Here are five new outlets that we admire.
The great beyond
Filmed in secrecy, a ground-breaking Danish chat show has reinvented the TV obituary.
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The Bulletin with UBS
The latest in our series of programmes unpacking some of the key panels and themes from the 2023 edition of the UBS European Conference. This week we turn to equity markets and hear from James Arnold, global co-head of strategic insights and advisory, and Gareth McCartney, global co-head of equity capital markets. Up for discussion: have we reached a turning point for UK capital markets?