December 2019/January 2020
With the world’s attention set to be fixated on the Far East during Olympic year, we’re celebrating all things Japan. Cover star Kumamon – the big, furry and fun mascot of Kumamoto prefecture – fires the starting gun but there’s plenty more, from J-pop’s freshest faces to devotees of the Suzuki Jimny. Elsewhere we lavish praise of Japan’s unique approach to craftsmanship and clothes-making, find out why the country’s communist party endures and go in search of the best – and biggest – Sanuki udon noodles. Plus: a Christmas gift guide and our inaugural Soft Power Awards.
This month Monocle’s design-minded collection picks up the thread that runs through the issue: well-made products outlast the fads. And as our collection shows, they can look rather dashing while they’re at it. Plus: how to host the perfect party.
Monocle’s autumn fashion special has arrived. Among numerous stylish features we delve deep into the story of Comme des Garçons, shedding light on how fashion's most idiosyncratic empire is ran. We also find out who owns the weather, pull up a pew with Nicola Sturgeon and preview a season of cultural delights.
Monocle's Entrepreneurship-focused September issue is dedicated to those who've struck out on their own – and those considering it. We've also amassed a timely toolkit for the business-minded buyer, whether you’re starting a new venture or rethinking an existing one.
Time to dream. A summer plan for anyone after a better quality of life, from a new HQ to a nicer home. Plus, our annual Quality of Life survey.
Our new design world. We unpack the best projects and plans for creating the perfect residence.
Season premiere – it’s all new. Inside: Global retail survey, Texas does fashion, bumper style directory and Taiwan’s president.
France vs the world. The last hope for global liberalism? The one leader who can handle the US? Why, despite trouble at home, we all need France.
Let's make it better: improve the way you live. Designers out to change the world, homes that are loved and products to soothe your day.
The culture and media preview. Inside: the shows, movies, museums, singers and writers who will shake up your autumn.
Building better businesses. Inside: no more excuses – discover how to start, fix or improve your company right now!
Time to cool it? The moment has come to strip off (and switch off), dive in and make some noise. We present a gentle manifesto for chilling out, being tolerant, talking it over and having a glass or two while you're at it.
Where next? And how do we get there? Faster, cleaner, friendlier – the people and vehicles fixing your mobile life. Plus: pull up to the bumper with valet-parking pros.
Design special. Inside: on the road with Kiwi prime minister Jacinda Ardern. Plus, does Duolingo work? We quiz the team.
Fashion and retail special. Big interviews: Indonesia’s president, Apple’s retail maven and Germany’s cult fashion brand.
South Korea special. Exclusive: President Moon on Donald, Kim Jong-un and watching TV with his cat.
December 2017/ January 2018
Christmas special. Lula's comeback – exclusive interview. And we name our winning soft power nation.
Design special. E-bikes get traction, shared workspace goes corporate, and the baker as urban hero.
Fashion and retail special. Adidas revival, architects go to jail and fashion conquers hiking. Peak performance!
Pelosi on beating Trump, Volvo takes on the Germans and the battle for Caracas. Fight time!
Snack in your trunks, dine with Testino, get the scoop on gelati. Plus: the hottest HQ
Munich's hub for start-ups a go-go, the fittest HQ in Europe and a case for the staircases.
Design and property special. Inside: bright ideas from Barcelona, a Beirut chanteuse and the US's new liberal capital.
How to: start a fashion brand, join the indie sports team and look hot (in a considered way). Plus: On patrol with a more vigilant Swedish army, our inaugural HQ Audit, the prime minister of Malta on a tough Brexit and our EXPO on the juicy delights of Thailand's blissed-out party Wonderfruit.
December 2016/January 2017
Go for growth! Fertile ideas to fix your nation, life and playlists. A double issue of opportunities, smart ideas and blossoming businesses to prepare you for the holiday season – and a very fruitful New Year.
Canada calling: why it’s time to take a fresh look north. From Toronto to the high north – Monocle reports on a nation that’s flexing mind and muscle, re-engaging diplomatically and spreading its wings.
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.
Get a move on – all you need to develop a business you care about. A 24-page Monocle guide for entrepreneurs, globally and locally minded creatives and anyone with a good idea who's looking for the perfect home.
Easy going: the new basics of better urbanism and liveability. Our 2016 survey of the elements that define superior cities – and why a bit of action after sundown is as vital as bike lanes and smooth tram lines.
Chart a fresh course. Rub-a-dub-dub, time to buy a sub. Our editors, correspondents, first mates and midshipmen take to the high seas to cover disputes, handsome hulls and good tackle.
Meet the new village people. Is it time to beat an urban retreat? Our premiere survey on the best villages and hamlets to set up shop, office and goat hutch (and all the little folk you'll need in your life)
Man with a pram: our survey of bright fashion and retail shifts. Spring release: a look at the top players in store design, packaging, men's tailoring and fabric technology — (more than 64 pages of sharp coverage)
December 2015/ January 2016
Hunker down for the holidays: a Monocle Christmas special. Feet up, curl up and read up – we sit down with Nato's secretary-general, take a studio tour with Ed Ruscha and meet Madrid's tough new mayor
Design Directory: from Beirut to São Paulo, Rovaniemi to Toronto. Part two – of Monocle's overview of the best in handsome architecture, desirable furniture, retail outposts, fine craft folk and top designers.
Our sharp survey of good looks, bright fashion and retail details. Look the business! The designers, brands and shopkeepers shaping the worlds of style and handsome commerce (and making good gear too)
Beep, beep! Our survey of stealthy new start-ups and family firms. World exclusive: we talk the banger business and hedgehog funds with Japan's miniature success story — and a host of real characterful companies
Is this your perfect match? We name the best places to call home. From handsome to just a little bit gritty, a ranking of the world's Top 25 Cities in our Quality of Life Survey. Monocle Global Report
By air, by land and... look, no hands! Monocle’s 2015 Transport Survey. Elegant two-wheelers, sleek run-abouts, a Japanese mini-jet and cute ways to commute. The people, products and players that make the world go round
We can make it together: a design guide to building it better in 2015. Monocle's industry of perfect plumbing, sharp architecture and elegant joinery for anyone wanting a finer home – Special Survey.
Stride into the season: part one of our 2015 fashion and retail special. From the best-stocked rails to our top designers, Monocle unleashes all the tools you need to sharpen your game: Special Survey Series
December 2014/January 2015
From soft power to film beds: top nations, hotels and design. Monocle gets out its clipboard and sharpens its pencil to rank the key players in everything from diplomacy to aviation - a Monocle special
Build a better life: meet the world's new homemakers. Stop dreaming, start digging! From brick to bath, a 48-page guide to good houses, cosy rooms and well-planned projects – a Monocle special
The ambassador will see you now — the art of modern diplomacy. Behind the scenes at the UN, embassy battles in the Pacific and Sweden's soft-power retail players, all in our Monocle Special
The New Entrepreneurs — and how you can join their ranks. Finish the plan, find the funding, and finally do the thing you love. Learn how in Monocle's Annual Guide to the changing world of good work.
Escape, retreat, enjoy: the best places to live in the world. From metropolis to mountain – the planners, thinkers and campaigners building better places to call home. Includes: Monocle’s top 25 cities
Strap in, sit back & settle in: getting the world back on track. The rising design stars and the new transport hot spots that are charting a course for a new world of mobility — a Monocle Special
In for the long haul: designs that go the distance. Sharp residences, a handsome classic, a neighbourhood on the rise and the buyers who get the goods — a Monocle design special
Sharp tailoring to studious specs: how to create the perfect frame. Our editors and correspondents on the buyers, new brands, select shops and smart-looking cities for the season ahead — a Monocle Special
Dec 13 / Jan 14
Doing the Soft Power Shuffle: how to be a winner in 2014. Sometimes all you need to get your way is a good recipe, an open door, charming exports and a way with architecture. A Monocle forecast.
The race to the top of the world — who's turning up the heat and why? Kiruna to Nuuk, Skagway to Santa's village (it's in Finland you know): our editors don their goose-down for a special Arctic Report. Bundle up.
Know your market — meet the players who are reinventing retail. Our 24-page Special Report on who's spending and splurging and what they want – and why bricks and mortar stores are here to stay
From the best schools for useful degrees to tips from leaders who've lived it, Monocle meets the people shifting fresh products, services and experiences.
Our 25 cities for living, working, late nights and fresh starts. From Vienna to Sydney, Vancouver to Kyoto our correspondents survey the streets and crunch the numbers for our Special Global City Ranking.
Transport Special: Get a move on! How to get the world on the road. The visionaries, mavericks and clever types rethinking how to get you from A to Z by train, boat, plane and the odd trike too.
Attack at dawn: the new media battle to get you out of bed. The TV hosts, radio anchors and editors who want to be your breakfast companions. A Monocle report from frontlines in Sydney and beyond.
Sharpen your game: Our new spring style and retail survey. The shopkeepers, architects, developers, buyers and consumers you want on your side and in your neighbourhood – a Monocle special report.
December 2012 / January 2013
Top team: the 20 collaborators and collectives to call on for 2013. A Monocle special report on the producers, designers, politicos and entrepreneurs you’ll want to spar with for your next venture.
A special report on world health, a Danish hospital with a domestic twist, and don’t miss our Expo on a regular day at the office in Japan, which starts with bending and stretching exercises.
From Brazil to Mozambique and the Azores to Luanda, we take you on a tour of the Portuguese-speaking world – its people, policies, brands and opportunities.
From war reporters to model soldiers, Monocle issue 56 reports from the frontline of defence. We join Norway’s new recruits, get kitted out with Vatican City veterans and keep a close watch on the defence industry’s moving targets.
July / August 2012
Issue 55 presents the Quality of Life Survey. We bring you 25 places to call home, 11 urban visionaries, 50 things to improve your life, five cities you'll be hearing more about and one perfect street – as imagined by Monocle.
In issue 54 of Monocle we climb aboard for the 2012 Transport Survey, head to Dallas to learn how it’s becoming an art destination and also look at the companies making the upcoming London Olympics a reality.
In issue 53 you’ll find a report on the supersized doggy pampering industry in Japan, our Affairs lead on Brazil’s command of the UN peace-keeping mission in Haiti, and special supplements including the Design Directory for 2012.
From Europe's High North Monocle reports on a fresh model for people power – a survey of relaunched capitals and new parliaments.
Monocle’s food retail superstars: we report on the tastiest ideas from counters to checkouts around the world.
For the October issue of Monocle our writers and photographers report back on the state of the global media industry.
Back to school: the teachers, tutors and tech stars getting top marks. From Lima to Beirut and Rio de Janeiro to Cairo, Monocle meets a model class for 2011/12.
July / August 2011
The results are in for our annual Quality of Life survey. Who’s up? Who’s down? And who’s out in our ranking of the world' 25 best cities to call home (there are a few surprises).
The new issue of Monocle includes a survey of the players and projects driving the transport sector forward.
In Monocle’s new issue, we focus on the rebuilding of Japan and ask whether this could be an opportunity to make the country even better than before.
Monocle’s new edition is our Global Rethink issue, where we focus on the businesses and sectors that are making a trip back to the drawing board.
December 2010 / January 2011
For Monocle’s December-January double issue, we look at the subject of soft power and rate the 25 countries who lead the way with cultural and social diplomacy.
For our October issue, we explain why the Koreans are the kings of the department store, Brazilians are refashioning the mall, and everyone is wooing young Turks. There’s also a 44-page guide to the brands, business trends and buyers of 2010.
A new regime for clearer thinking, quicker reflexes and a more attractive figure: A Monocle makeover for the United Kingdom.
July / August 2010
Our 2010 Quality of Life Survey of the world’s best cities to live punctually and peacefully in – or on the edge.
Monocle's May issue looks at the ascent of Brasília – why yellow and green are the new red, white and blue in international diplomacy.
Monocle’s April issue looks at the art of the sell with a global tour of the leading buyers, designers, cutters and curators in the retail sector. We also bring you our in-depth guide to Seoul in our city survey.
Prescriptions for a better 2010: Our Annual Forecast Issue. A healthy injection of essays, manifestos, reportage and ideas from Monocle’s international team of specialists.
From Kamchatka to Gothenburg to Seattle - Monocle reveals a host of opportunities for anyone who's been thinking of packing up and jacking in corporate life.
Why the world needs more states with conscription – not fewer. For a special Monocle report, we sign up for duty in Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland and Australia.
Monocle reports on winning friends and influencing opinion through music, sport, design and your very own news channel.
Our 2009 survey of the top 25 cities for quality of life: who’s improved, who’s slipped and who’s dropped out of Monocle's global ranking of the places that have it sorted.
A Monocle Special report on goats, reformed kibbutzim, tasty Japanese beef and a high-altitude farming initiative.
At sea off Somalia with one of the world’s fittest fighting forces - a special Monocle report.
Are you being served? If not, why not? A Monocle global survey on the state of retail – the smartest shopkeepers, best buyers, happiest customers and sharpest ideas on the street, in the aisles and online.
December 2008 / January 2009
The 2009 Global Forecast: The faces, forces, policies and products that will shape the world in the year ahead.
New designs on diplomacy: A special report on how diplomatic territory is being redefined and redesigned in Washington, Harare and Kathmandu.
Craft makes a comeback: Monocle on “Made in Europe” and the rise of real provenance. Plus, all the finishing touches in our Accessories Directory.
Going Up? Going Down? Monocle reports on the ascenders and free-fallers of autumn 08. Plus, a report on the innovators of the elevator industry.
July / August 2008
Are you resident in the world’s top liveable city? Monocle ranks the 25 most alluring places to live and five more that require a bit of imagination.
Why German doctors are the most attractive in the world. Monocle reports from Germany’s top clinics on how they're filling their beds with the Gulf’s biggest spenders.
Is this the world’s hardiest ’hood? Monocle reports from Ashrafieh: home to Beirut’s most resilient residents and their curious community that just won’t quit.
The Bullion Air Club: Monocle on the top-secret world of transporting precious cargo. Plus: anyone for extensions? A report on the human hair trade.
December 2007 / January 2008
A forecast for 2008+: Monocle reports on the people, policies, trends, states and genres that will shape the year ahead.
Achtung! Hold the front page: Monocle on the reinvention of a German design icon. Plus, a special report on print media.
Is Nuuk the next Reykjavik? Monocle continues its circumpolar tour and reports from Greenland’s boom towns.
Do you recognise this nation? Making a modern state is easier than you think. Monocle reports on the basics of country construction.
July / August 2007
The best places to call home: New York? London? Paris? Munich? Monocle ranks the cities that offer the best quality of life.
Seoul’s School of Modern Media: Inside the companies revolutionising mobile communications. Monocle reports from South Korea on the rise of the new kingdom of content.
Pedal Politics: A global survey of bicycle culture and commerce. Monocle reports on the most bike-friendly city, the biggest brand and more.
All Eyes North: Why Norway is keeping watch on its reserves, resources and Russia. Monocle reports on the ups and downs of being on top of the world.