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October 2019

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.

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Editor’s letter

Tyler Brûlé has a simple word of advice for retail consultants – and that word is ‘Linda’.

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The opener

Why you should slow down for roundabouts, kill moths and consider a cowbell conundrum.

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Up and at ’em

Picking yourself up after a fall isn’t easy – especially for refugee children. But a Swiss mountaineer has found a way to help them scale the heights: climbing up a lorry.

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Team culture

After decades dodging the issue of art looted by the Nazis, France has set up a new mission to find the heirs to thousands of works that have lain unclaimed for decades.

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Making history

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s experts are rallying to move its vast store to a modern facility.

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The usual, please

The editor in chief of ‘Zeit Magazin’ on where he goes to shoot the breeze over a first-rate cocktail.

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Talk show

Pork chops and promises are part of the race for the White House at that livestock-laden oracle, Iowa State Fair.

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North star

Nicola Sturgeon on fighting Brexit, boosting brand Scotland and leading the charge for independence.

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Politics briefing

New item Please fill out the form below We meet Finland’s interior minister and take stock of China’s plans for its 70th anniversary.

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Defence briefing

Russian construction in Gogland is making Finland nervous and the US makes an eyebrow-raising purchase from the Israelis.

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Diplomacy briefing

Canada’s ambassador for women, peace and security talks progress and problems; plus who’s winning in the diplomatic stakes between Serbia and Kosovo.

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Cities briefing

Copenhagen’s mayor explains why even the best cities should focus on improving top-notch transport and Kobe bans high-rise residents in its urban core.

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Go figure

When brands want their clothes to look their best, they reach out to mannequin-maker La Rosa.

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Looking sharp

With its diverse produce and deep commitment to staff and the community, leading family-run supermarket chain Cactus could teach retailers around the world a thing or two.

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Business briefing

A Swiss boatmaker using great design to stay afloat and how Hasselblad is staying relevant.

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Quality controller

Goodbye summer; goodbye blockbusters and beach reads. Autumn is the time for more contemplative films, series and novels, and we’ve found the best of the season. And when it’s time to give the screen a rest, we’ve got you…

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Heaven sent

Houses of worship tend to have a distinct look and feel – but are these tropes out of date? We visit the buildings rewriting the rules for holy architecture.

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Fine lines

Aspen might be known for its spectacular skiing but it’s also home to an architectural legacy left by a gifted Bauhaus master.

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