41

March 2011

Our new issue takes a hard look at the working day around the world and asks whether being open-all-hours is better than sticking to the 9-to-5.

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Pitti picture

Florence’s Pitti Uomo fair is a benchmark for how the market is shifting – and a chance to spot the big name brands of the future. This season’s event was also a showcase for the city itself and for ‘Brand Italy’.

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The no-frills PM

The Latvian PM is charged with the salvation of his country’s economy, which is in an even worse condition than most others in Europe. He speaks to Monocle about his plans to turn things around.

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Capsule time

For many, Paris remains the true home of fashion – and a clutch of well-timed, small-scale trade fairs are giving events like Italy’s Pitti Uomo a run for their money.

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Oman on a mission

While its Middle Eastern neighbours have flashed the cash or succumbed to Islamist influences, Oman has chosen a quieter, more steady path. But if Oman is to increase its international brand, challenges will also need to…

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The jungle look

A Belgian couple living on Sri Lanka’s southern coast commissioned Japanese architect Tadao Ando to build them a weekend retreat. The concrete edifice he designed is a picture-perfect set-up for the artist and her husband…

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Hello from Belo

Brazil’s third-largest city is well below the international radar compared with Rio and São Paulo. But things are changing in Belo Horizonte, as the economic boom continues to attract major national and foreign investment…

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Work in progress

From food-loving French taking long lunch breaks to workaholic Japanese businessmen, the world continues to approach office culture in very different ways.

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All about eve

What are the essential elements that make a great manager? In the first of a series profiling the management styles of key figures, Monocle gets an insight from Eva Hamilton, head of Swedish public service broadcaster SVT…

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Inventory No. 41

A round-up of beautiful and functional objects, including one-man-branded leather wallets and artist-designed backgammon boards.

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Toy story

This issue our regular Fairplay series on trade fairs from around the world makes a return. Here we visit the Toys & Games Fair in Hong Kong, the second largest exhibition of its kind in the world, where serious-minded…

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Do the business

The world is dividing into two halves: those who will not abandon the nine-to-five routine, and those (think Asian nations) willing to make sure they are open for business at all hours. We may not like it – but will East…

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Monocle travel guide

Basque culinary fireworks in Paris, bed and breakfast by the brightest light on the Oregon coast, a sparkling new Oslo alehouse and a Berlin foodstore sure to set your creative energies ablaze. We bring you this month’s…

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Catch of the day

The remote Alaskan outpost of Unalaska boasts the US’s biggest commercial port, thanks to a hugely profitable fishing season. And don’t forget the oil industry and a hit TV series...

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Turn on to China

As part of a soft-power drive, the Chinese media is learning to talk a new language. Monocle visits the studio of CNC World, a recently launched 24-hour English-language news channel owned by the state-run agency Xinhua.

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Mountain props

It might have only three turboprop aircraft, but airA!ps is a unique way to drop into South Tyrol, high up in the Italian Alps.

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