Contributors / Jonathan Openshaw

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It's a mall world

Shopping malls in São Paulo are a cut above, with champagne bars, inhouse tailors and attentive service. Being a shop assistant can be a lucrative career and all this is because of Brazil’s new wealth. Monocle investigates…

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Industry targets

Keeping the wheels of war turning requires well-run businesses. Some of the world’s most recognisable household brand names have pushed ahead in the fields of technology and innovation by supplying new products to the…

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Money to burn

New weightlifting champion: Airbus A400 M Atlas Tucked away in the British countryside, the Farnborough International Air Show is an unassuming backdrop for deals deciding the future of air defence. This trillion euro…

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Special delivery

Monocle offers you an insight into the most efficient and well turned-out logistics companies. If you’ve ever wondered how cash is transported to banks around South Africa or how delicate contemporary art is packed up in…

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Ready, set, go

Preparations from the seating to the flags and the turf are nearly complete for this summer’s London Olympics. We look at the companies that have won the contracts to supply the Games.

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About time

Spirits were high at Basel watch fair this year as watchmakers refreshingly turned to more classic, elegant designs with hi-tech materials and new functions. We checked out the new models and trends.

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Craft work

Hermès is one of the most recognised fashion houses in the world. But as a family-run business with a focus on craft, the current men in charge prefer to manage by looking inwards rather than chasing markets.

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Handle with care

Rosa Lladró is the president of Lladró, the Spanish porcelain company begun by her father and uncles in the 1950s. Having ducked a manufacturing downturn in Spain, she tells Monocle how to combine family and financial…

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Special envoys

As embassies struggle to retain a foothold in a diversifying (and cost-cutting) world, the role of the diplomat is changing beyond recognition. We meet the next generation.

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Making airwaves

Hilversum was the centre of Dutch broadcasting for the best part of a century, a model media city of daring architecture. Hit hard by changes in the industry, a period of self-reflection has the city searching for new…

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Family jewel

While still a schoolgirl, Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele was representing her family firm Chopard and visiting clients including Imelda Marcos. With her brother and her parents actively involved, business is full of kindred…

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Pitti picture

Florence’s Pitti Uomo fair is a benchmark for how the market is shifting – and a chance to spot the big name brands of the future. This season’s event was also a showcase for the city itself and for ‘Brand Italy’.

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Capsule time

For many, Paris remains the true home of fashion – and a clutch of well-timed, small-scale trade fairs are giving events like Italy’s Pitti Uomo a run for their money.

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On a roll

Atelier Charles Schambourg weaves Toile de Cuir leather and was founded by a former secret-service agent who saw an exquisite business opportunity.

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Speaking volumes

In the past three years, Swedish language-teaching company EF has tripled in size and has left its competitors speechless. We profile the family firm that is transforming the industry.

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Stage craft

As the summer festival season approaches we visited the factories of three musical instrument makers who are world leaders for their attention to craft and superior sound quality.

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Holding it together

While newspaper groups try to figure out how to survive in digital form, one firm believes that print’s future is just fine if you know that feel and fold – and how a paper is fixed together – are key to a satisfying read…

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How to be a band in 2010

Rock stars are now essentially CEOs of their own small (and big businesses). Learn how to harness patrons, sponsorship and the digital revolution, and you could soon be selling out, without selling out.

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