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Contributors / Daphné Hézard

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Wheel-good factor

We refuel at a Parisian petrol station with great food, coffee and curiosities aplenty.

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Good times

Travel has been stilted over the past year but a beautiful crop of new Parisian hotels is giving people a reason to visit and plenty to write home about.

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The good place

A first look at La Samaritaine, an icon of Parisian shopping that’s raring to make its return under the grand auspices of LVMH.

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24. Go where the art is

For those seeking to take their creative flair seriously this year, we heartily recommend taking the plunge and enrolling at one of the world’s finest design schools.


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Southern comfort

France’s raffish second city hides a sun-bleached natural charm behind its sometimes disreputable image. We take to Marseilles’ lesser-known locales and head out along the coast to discover its salty, breezy celebration of…


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Paradise found

Escaping the bustle of Paris, a handful of designers and makers are setting up shop in Arles, reviving this quiet Provençal city’s fabled fashion traditions.

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Action heroes

Sportswear fair Ispo featured all the new cutting-edge attire for the great outdoors (or the coffee run). Here are the standout brands that you should know about.

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Thick skin

Monocle catches up with Jean Touitou in his Parisian headquarters to discuss the season ahead and the new collaboration with womenswear designer Vanessa Seward.

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Home comfort

In the cool mountainous village just north of Beirut, a chef and a fashion designer have transformed a traditional stone house into an idyllic, immaculately designed weekend retreat. The good news? This is just a blueprint…

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Good as new

While many French companies have sought cheaper manufacturing options abroad, a few ambitious heritage brands have revived their fortunes by staying faithful to their roots.

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Wardrobe wonders

Meet five up-and-coming designers who are not afraid to create forward-looking, wardrobe-defining labels. With influences that are as far-reaching as classic Italian tailoring, streetwear, architecture and East Asian aes…

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Master of all trades

Christopher Descours, the president of luxury group EPI, explains why he’s building the firm’s property portfolio, how to keep large companies feeling personal and the best way to put down international roots while keeping…

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Notes on a sandal

In spite of turbulent economic times, new shoots of a Greek fashion revival are bringing fresh impetus into the nation’s creative industries and helping to preserve traditional techniques.

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Cut a dash

This year’s edition of Pitti Uomo the world’s leading menswear fair, was a full- blooded return to form. Here are our sartorial highlights.

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Play for today

Artistically minded and musically rich, online music station Radiooooo is a charming alternative to the corporate Spotifys of this world. Monocle visits its studios to discover how the creators get their groove on.

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Spread the news

News network France 24 is a broadcaster working across three languages in order to deliver a nuanced French view of global affairs. With its ever-increasing reach, it’s a channel catching the little details that competitors…

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Worn again

A global master in shoe manufacturing, France has weathered the industry’s decline with its artisans taking centre stage once more. We introduce our favourite sole bearers.

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Carrying the torch

The usability of workwear coupled with craft expertise from one of France’s oldest trunk makers was the inspiration for L/Uniform, a new luggage range start-up aiming to prove that practical can also be beautiful.


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