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Speciality retail: Verona
This Italian city has a long tradition of typography – and the business still has a story to tell. Letterpress workshop-cum-store Lino’s & Co updates old machines with 3D-printed movable type.
Speciality retail: Prague
Prague butcher Naše maso has married traditional know-how with contemporary design to create a culinary destination in the Czech capital. This month’s specialist retailer tells us about his special cuts and meaty passions.
Speciality retail: Barcelona
Offering the best in local produce and rare wines, Vila Viniteca continues the Spanish retail tradition of a no-nonsense 'colmado' in the historic neighbourhood of el Born.
Retail special: tasty tipples
Monocle Films visits makers of sherry, gin and whiskey to discover their recipes for success. The memorable flavours and sharp designs of their refined drinks are a perfect tonic for the year ahead.
Retail Survey: Division Street, Portland, Oregon
Division Street in Portland, Oregon has witnessed a model retail renaissance. Monocle Films meets the shopkeepers on this once sleepy stretch, which is now the centre of the city’s budding new retail scene.
Melbourne retail special: Gertrude Street
Australia is a country that knows how to shop and its canny citizens want more than the colourless clicks of an online spree. Melbourne’s Gertrude Street, once overlooked, is now one of the city’s most vibrant high streets and home to a mix of independent shops. Monocle Films meets six retailers who anchor the street.
Retail special: gin distilleries
Just like craft breweries, small local distilleries are reinventing drinks that have fallen out of fashion. Monocle films visits three entrepreneurs who have uncorked the potential of the old spirit in London, Hamburg and the Finnish countryside.
Retail special: tea emporiums
The perfect hot drink is not always an espresso or a flat white: more and more specialty stores around the world are opening their doors to tea aficionados in search of the perfect brew. Monocle Films visits three emporiums in Berlin, New York and London dedicated to the heritage, ritual and taste of tea.
Retail special: stationery shops
A new generation of stationery entrepreneurs is preserving and reviving the art of writing. Monocle Films travels to Prague, Vancouver and London to visit three shops that share a love of paper.
Taipei has long lived in the shadow of its glitzier neighbours when it comes to retail. But now the range and quality of products on offer are firming up the Taiwanese capital’s place on Asia’s shopping map.
The Monocle guide to Tokyo
Tokyo is an ever-changing city that never ceases to surprise. The capital is filled with a dazzling mix of old and new, tradition and innovation in everything from food to architecture and art to fashion. Let us show you around.
How you give a gift matters (almost) as much as what’s inside. A carefully cocooned present shows that you care about the recipient and understand that the ritual of wrapping matters. Here are a few ideas about how to effortlessly present even the most oddly shaped treats.
The future of Japanese craftsmanship
We shed some light on intrepid entrepreneurs, craftsmen and designers who are committed to saving traditional Japanese crafts by reinventing them to be used in a modern context. Join us on a tour of this breathtaking country from bustling Tokyo to remote regions.
The art of hosting
As part of our partnership with LG SIGNATURE, we speak to five experts about what it takes to become the consummate host in five steps – including curating the perfect guest list, creating a welcoming environment and offering an exquisite food and drinks menu.
State of the nation
In this animated series we assess how countries are performing on the world stage as well as at home. From their soft-power assets to their economy, we look at the latest achievements and what mars their potential progress.
Monocle travel guides
Join us for a filmic tour of the cities that make up our latest book releases. From Singapore’s retail to Honolulu’s architecture and design, the club scene of Berlin to the hushed backstreets of Kyoto, we uncover the lesser-known gems in the cities we love.
Whether you want to perfect a skill or just power up your imagination, our ‘Secret to...’ series features a line-up of episodes to keep you inspired. From buying a painting and throwing a dinner party to running a restaurant and opening a bike shop, here’s how we like to see things done.