About Monocle

In 2007, Monocle magazine was launched to provide a briefing on global affairs, business, culture, design and much more. We believed that there was a globally minded audience of readers who were hungry for opportunities and experiences beyond their national borders. Today Monocle is published 10 times a year out of our HQ at Midori House in London and has seen its sales grow annually: we now sell more than 84,000 copies per issue and have 20,500 subscribers. For $150 (€140) a year we make sure that our readers feel part of something more like a club, offering regular invitations to subscriber events and ensuring that they always have great service from our team.

Our top 10 markets are the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Germany, Hong Kong, Portugal, France and Italy; sales in Southeast Asia are also soaring. Monocle has an extensive network of correspondents in cities such as Milan, Bogotá and Paris, as well as bureaux in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Zürich and Toronto. Our newest outpost has opened in Los Angeles and a Bangkok bureau will open later in 2019.

We have stayed loyal to our belief in quality print with two seasonal publications: The Forecast, which is packed with insights into the year ahead, and The Escapist, our summer travel-minded magazine that delivers business ideas alongside global affairs. Early in 2019 we’ll launch another annual focusing on entrepreneurship, followed by the second edition of The Monocle Drinking & Dining Directory for an annual scoop of stories from the world of food.

Our commitment to print extends to seasonal newspapers. August 2017 saw the first outing of The Summer Weekly, which celebrates longform journalism and pithy comment. We now publish a run of winter newspapers too, as well as specials for events including Salone del Mobile in Milan.

In 2013 we launched our first book in collaboration with Berlin publisher Gestalten. The Monocle Guide to Better Living proved an instant hit and has since been joined by The Monocle Guide to Good Business, The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes, How to Make a Nation: A Monocle Guide and The Monocle Guide to Drinking & Dining. In 2018 we also published The Monocle Guide to Hotels, Inns and Hideaways and The Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities. Expect to see a new volume looking at the wonderful world of retail – and more releases – in 2019. We also have a growing series of travel guides with Gestalten that cover more than 30 cities, including London, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney and Honolulu.

Then there’s Monocle 24, our round-the-clock radio station that launched in 2011. It delivers global news alongside shows on foreign affairs, urbanism, business, culture, design, print media and food and drink. We have a playlist to accompany you too, often assisted by live sessions that are hosted at Midori House.

Our dynamic website, monocle.com, is the place to hear Monocle 24 or, if you are a subscriber, gain access to all the stories ever run in the magazine. The site also hosts our high-quality films and slideshows; beautifully shot and edited by our in-house team of film-makers, they provide a fresh perspective on stories reflecting our editorial philosophy. You can also sign up here for our free daily email bulletin, The Monocle Minute.

Monocle’s inaugural Quality of Life Conference took place in 2015 during a sunny weekend in Lisbon. We went to Vienna in 2016, Berlin in 2017 and Zürich in 2018, each time with inspiring debates alongside good (and fun) hospitality. The conference will return in June, this time in Madrid.

Monocle is a complete media brand, with print, audio and online elements – not to mention our expanding retail network and online business. Via our shops in London, Toronto, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Zürich and LA, and our seasonal shop in Merano, Italy, we sell products that cater to our readers’ tastes, produced by brands we believe in. We also have cafés in Tokyo, Zürich and London, as well as a newsstand and coffee concept in London called Kioskafé.

Monocle continues to grow but at our core is the simple belief that there will always be a place for a print brand that is committed to telling fresh stories, that sends photographers on assignments and knows that its success is all down to the readers, advertisers and collaborators who have supported us along the way.

Monocle – keeping an eye and an ear on the world.

2019

January

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