Contributors / Aisha Speirs

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Customs control

The world (yes, even the bits you know) is odder, quirkier and more downright bizarre than you might imagine. Come with us on a journey to discover where the emperor rules the calendar, Hush-hush Hannah is a star and the…

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Camera ready

There’s a new breakthrough star on screen: Malaysia’s film and TV industry, with its stunning settings, burgeoning infrastracture and international tax breaks is beginning to make a global impact.

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Treats on the go

Introducing Sunday’s Grocery, the unique shop and deli serving everything from Japanese whisky to made-to-order takeaway sandwiches.

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Get ahead of the game

On Bali, Ronald Akili and Jason Gunawan’s Potato Head brand is everywhere. Now they are chipping away at the international scene, growing from their beach-club roots with a global crop of hotels and restaurants that are…

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In the frame

The soaring glass-and-steel towers that dominate Hong Kong’s ultra-modern skyline spring up at high speed. Those rapid rates are thanks to the use of traditional bamboo scaffolding that is light to transport and quick to…

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Expo 73: Club scene

They’re a safe haven for journalists away from whatever turmoil is going on in the region. Sadly, they’ve also gone out of fashion in most corners of the world. We visit three foreign correspondents’ clubs that still hold…

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Comfort food

Twins Joshua and Caleb Ng felt Hong Kong was lacking laid-back LA-style cafés so they set up Common Ground, a café/shop which serves dishes that may be simple but are prepared to perfection.

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New dynasty

The historic city of Xi’an may be best known for its ancient walls and Terracotta Army but it’s becoming a global business hub too. Monocle takes a tour, visiting an industrial park where a high-speed railway is being…

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Brand leaders

We meet CEO of Artek, Mirkku Kullberg, the CEO of Tod’s Group, Diego Della Valle, and Indonesia’s minister of tourism and creative economy, Dr Mari Elka Pangestu, to hear how they're helping put the design industry at the…

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You're welcome

With a shortage of workers and an ageing population, Germany is turning to migrants to fill the void. Monocle meets the keen Vietnamese students learning German as they prepare for a new career abroad.

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Local talent

In Bandung, the capital of West Java, a growing hub of creative businesses are choosing to stay put and build an arts and crafts industry. Suddenly, ‘Made in Indonesia’ has become a phrase with a reputation behind it.

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Seasonal change

The biannual Pitti Uomo menswear show is a highlight of the fashion calendar but its host country isn’t the force it used to be. That necessitates an unfamiliar focus on expansion into foreign markets – and Japan is first…

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Old style

Within the monolithic UN Headquarters there’s a chamber that is being restored to its former retro glory. It was originally designed by the Danish architect Finn Juhl and now, in a brave move, it’s being put back to exactly…

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Home from home

Following the success of our Hong Kong shop and bureau set up, we’ve replicated the concept in Toronto’s Little Italy – only it’s 20 times the size.

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Best of the best

Good medical care is about more than mending broken bones – it also fixes nations. These are the countries and people building healthier states.

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How to get lost

The US military has long used a type of camouflage pattern designed according to the type of terrain in which it will be used. Now, a Brooklyn-based company has persuaded it to try a new way of (not) seeing things.

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The water works

Throughout the five boroughs of New York, space is at a premium. For the city’s planners, that means making intelligent use of existing waterfronts and parks to showcase that famous skyline from a fresh perspective.

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