Contributors / Ivan Carvalho

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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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Tools gold

Big-box retail and out-of-town stores are struggling in the DIY sector. This is the chance for a revival of small inner-city hardware hubs where knowledge and service rule the day. In Italy they have a model to copy.

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Work wonders

Manufacturing in Turin may have withered but the Borgo Rossini district has made grand use of empty industrial spaces to refashion a warm community in its place.

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Style counsel

When Raffaello Napoleone took over at Pitti Immagine, Florence’s Pitti Uomo was a moribund trade fair. Having revitalised both it and the city’s fashion business, he shares his wisdom on the leadership skills needed to help…

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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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Public realm

From sleek fire stations and light-filled libraries to smart-looking bus shelters, residents and visitors to this South Tyrolean valley are reaping the rewards of an inspired, flexible approach to public architecture.

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Breaking tradition

Facing the same struggles as other global media brands, Milan’s publishing titans are slimming down and coming up with agile ways to remain relevant to today’s audiences.

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Perfect tenor

One of the world’s most famous cultural venues provides inspiration for Caruso’s Milanese flagship store. Blending finely tuned tailoring with a decorative visual score to rival La Scala, the menswear destination puts its…

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Made to last

With whole towns in Italy dedicated to producing a single item, be it eyewear, silk or shoes, it’s clear why the big names in fashion continue to rely on the expertise of the country’s specialised craftsmen.

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Aboard brand Italy

The Italian fleet’s newest flagship, ‘Cavour’, is on an unusual mission. The privately funded aircraft carrier is travelling more than 34,000km to Africa and the Middle East to promote Italian industry and to show it comes…

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Business class

Set in the heart of Italy’s financial capital, SDA Bocconi is increasingly ranked as one of the world’s best business schools, with 70 per cent of students coming from abroad. We head to the campus to learn more.

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Flying colours

Family business turned worldwide brand Benetton is about much more than high-street fashion. It bought and breathed new life into a roadside food chain and has funded a number of creative projects via its research centre…

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