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October 2016

Hey, good looking! Why it's time to make an effort and sharpen up. Plus: sartorial and investment tips from the fashion and retail sectors.

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Leading the way

In a world of geopoltiical upheaval and targeted terrorist attacks, mayors are playing an increasingly prominent role. In this issue we present 15 of the world’s most recognisable and resilient city leaders – along with a…

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The Dutch paradox

They are considered the most liberal people in Europe – and yet arguably they are among the most right-wing. So now what? With elections looming, Monocle explores a troubling dichotomy.

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Municipal concerns

If mention of the word ‘mayor’ puts you in mind of a jolly rotund man with a large chain around his neck and little more to do than open supermarkets and attend fetes, think again. Monocle stalks the corridors of city halls…

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Asia briefing

China ushers in a new age of seaplane travel as Vietnam attempts to wean its citizens off their scooters.

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Oceania briefing

The fight for Sydney’s modern architectural heritage, plus New Zealand’s total war on non-native species.

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Speaking truth to power

Throwing light on the key issues surrounding the forthcoming US election is what keeps these particular think-tanks busy. Meet the people whose remit is to separate fact from fiction.

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Bright outlook

Despite a wobbling economy and tightened belts, this small Nordic country is leading the way in education and technology – and reinventing itself for the 21st century.

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Market forces

The Monocle Retail Survey is back. For this year’s selection, we’ve scoured the globe for the best new shops, the smartest developers and the most-anticipated additions to the retail landscape. From a department store in…

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Hot and cold

The chief executive of Portuguese national airline TAP on how he’s seen the flag-carrier through turbulent times – and why workaholics are not to be trusted.

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Made to last

We brave the great outdoors to meet the Swedish business owners who have made the most of the north’s inclement weather to create sturdy, tried-and-tested outdoor products.

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Added value

Buying a work of art, especially if you’re doing so with the aim of starting a collection, can be a daunting business. We’ve turned to experts from both ends of the spectrum – an adviser, picture editor and collector, as…

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Popular appeal

The US presidential election is one of the biggest events in TV news. So after their rolling coverage of the primaries, how are the broadcasters ramping up for the final Clinton vs Trump showdown in November?

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Divide and conquer

He’s a Turner Prize nominee and has been honoured by the nation but Yinka Shonibare’s work continues to trigger big responses (one critic said hanging was too good for him). On the eve of a new show about our fractious…

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Culture briefing

London’s art-world future after Brexit, plus documentarian Andrew Rossi takes on Manhattan’s Met.

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Media briefing

We’re caught by film-maker Naotaro Endo’s documentary on Tokyo’s iconic Tsukiji fish market.

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Selling with soul

What do artists and their dealers talk about? Jeff Koons and Almine Rech are friends who work together, so when they’re not talking Picasso over dinner, she’s moving walls to accommodate his work. Here’s a window on their…

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Tides of change

The striking modernist headquarters of Danish shipping giant Maersk is a monument to the discreet elegance and formidable eye for detail of the firm’s late CEO and chairman.

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Design briefing

The sunny outlook for London's design scene and Johanna Agerman Ross on her new role at the V&A.

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