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September 2008

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.

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Fashion briefing

Sisterly New York womenswear label Lialia, some legendary Japanese denim hits europe, plus Makr's vintage-feel wallets.

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Failing states

Europe is home to three nations that should be successes but instead are failing badly. Over the following pages, we look at their problems – from corruption to constitutional meltdown.

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Med school

Palestinians and Israelis are among the first intake at the new Euro-Mediterranean University. Embodying the ideals of Nicolas Sarkozy’s Mediterranean Union, it’s an attempt to create a new generation of cooperative leaders…

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Oh so Pitti

The world’s top menswear show, Pitti Uomo, has not escaped the effects of the consumer spending slow-down or big label defections. But the brands on show this summer were taking new directions and exhibiting strong and…

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Summer of the siege

Two years after the war with Israel, another battle was raging in Lebanon among its own people. But as the bullets flew, there was still time for mojitos – the Lebanese are used to surviving crises. Our correspondent…

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Back to cool

As summer starts to fade (or never arrives), it’s time to sharpen up sartorially with some key pieces from the new season’s collections – ideal for making a subtle statement back in the office or on that last-minute flight…

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Star of India

In our series on emerging business hubs we reveal why you should invest in Pune, India’s booming IT and industrial design centre. But beware: success is already putting strains on the city’s transport system and energy…

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Swim city

Despite the rather unsettled summer in Lebanon, it was business as usual at the iconic 1960s Sporting Club – or simply ‘Sporting’ if you’re a Gemayzeh resident.

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Bread winner

After 40 years of selling Danish pastries in Japan, Andersen has opened in Denmark. The firm is giving rivals (there are 975 bakeries in the country) a run for their money by using only the best natural ingredients.

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Career change

With summer holidays a fading memory, Monocle revamps its autumn back-to-work wardrobe with luxe fabrics, tailored looks and bags of style.

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Inventory No. 16

A Japanese label machine, bracing Viennese shower gel, a modern take on the Lebanese nargile and Spanish nursery furniture. Plus, Tokyo's Mareesia Garden hotel and a pool near Porto.

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Stock in trade

With a presence in Russia since 1989, Finnish retailer Stockmann faces its biggest setback there yet after its Moscow department store was forced to close. The unfazed CEO Hannu Penttilä explains why he is sticking to his…

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Leading the flock

In the first of a regular monthly series of international street profiles, we popped down to Lamb’s Conduit Street for a stroll, some tapas and a little retail reconnaissance.

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Travel briefing

A report from the UK's Farnborough Airshow, Tokyo's only boutique hotel gets a makeover, Air Dolomiti's expansion, plus essential addresses in Madrid.

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Bag for life

Inujirushi has been supplying robust canvas bags with leather trimmings for the past 50 years, thriving on customer loyalty rather than marketing or advertising. Only recently has it opened a shop, in the neighbourhood it…

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Tequila sunrise

At the 2007 Oscars three Mexican film directors received 16 nominations between them, but in their homeland, the industry is lagging. Monocle meets the next generation of filmmakers, whose dream is to turn talent into…

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