Contributors / Ivan Carvalho

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They have it licked

The owners of modest gelaterie can find themselves running businesses with the potential to become deliciously successful global brands. We look at three fresh players with the power to melt investors’ hearts and add spr…

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Upwardly mobile

Don’t rule out lesser-celebrated cities as a base for your business. You need room to experiment and expand. And though the capital of Piedmont might have lain in the shadow of Milan, it is now proving to be a bright spot…

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Brunello Cucinelli

Every month we ask leading figures to give their outlook on events, business and culture. Here we find out how a fashion entrepreneur made a successful global brand by paying people more, feeding them with local produce and…

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No time to waste

Furniture-makers are waking up to the fact that there’s more to sustainability than product longevity. We visit the Lombardy base of B&B Italia to hear how the brand is pioneering eco-friendly materials and methods.

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Made of stern stuff

The supremacy of the Italian design sector lies in its craftsmanship, use of fine materials and stylistic ingenuity. But our look at recent developments shows that it’s also an industry that knows how to innovate and evolve…

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Frontline reporting

In Italy’s worst-hit region, a plucky local newspaper is a lifeline for many residents. We meet its editor to learn about the challenges of covering a pandemic.

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New wave

Scattered among the dunes and beaches of a Portuguese coastal resort, a series of holiday homes capture the country’s golden age of modernist architecture.

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On the right page

An independent publisher that’s been bringing northern European hits to Italian readers for decades is embarking on a new chapter.

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Wheels in motion

The Pirelli CEO has been kicking the company’s tyres for 25 years and has pushed for innovation to help outmanoeuvre its competitors. But he’s tough: ‘If you’re respected and not liked you have done your job.’

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Delving deeper

Sigfrido Ranucci hosts Italy’s leading investigative news show. And with all that digging to be done, he needs a crack team.

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Hot platters

The celebrated chef finds inspiration in the company of his 12,000-strong vinyl collection.

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Pasta master

Although quintessentially Italian, pasta-makers are increasingly reliant on imported wheat. We meet the man shaping a more sustainable future for its production.

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Paper stocks

In a world of sliding newspaper sales, Rome daily ‘La Repubblica’ offers a beacon of hope for printed media.

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La bella vita

With its thriving businesses and close-knit community, it’s little wonder this scenic Italian town has a winning quality of life.

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Making a stand

Milan is synonymous with high fashion and luxury brands. But away from the limelight it is also home to artisanal clothing and accessory firms that underpin the city’s standing as a global capital of style. Monocle meets…

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Letters from home

We meet the makers and painters continuing the aesthetic legacy of their cities, creating and preserving signs with gold leaf, ochre-white paint and neon tubes.

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