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November 2011

Monocle’s food retail superstars: we report on the tastiest ideas from counters to checkouts around the world.

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Quick on the draw

The CEO of Japan’s largest chain of entertainment stores is peculiarly sketchy on management – he never gives orders, positively encourages failure and doesn’t even have his own office – yet he’s particularly successful too…

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Inventory No. 48

On Monocle’s wish list this month are crockery where the clay is the star, eco detergents that really work and waste bins you’ll actually want to handle.

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Business Briefing

A new airline that aims to turn Tibet into a Chinese transport hub, an entrepreneur with an antique printing press, and a new type of contract lens that's a sight for sore eyes.

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Monocle travel guide

This month Monocle visits a new luxury retail behemoth in Milan, a Yemeni coffee outlet in Tokyo and a Copenhagen restaurant serving New Nordic food at affordable prices.

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Power to the pedal

Whether it’s economic or ecological forces driving the gears of change,two-wheeled transport is on the up. At Europe’s largest trade show, one particular trend is putting traditionalists’ spokes out of joint – the buzz…

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Low riders, high ideals

The windows are huge; you’re cruising at an altitude low enough to allow you to gape in wonder at the pristine Costa Rican landscape below… Do you really need to read the inflight magazine?

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Being scene

With commercial galleries on the rise and an ambitious programme of museum development, Los Angeles is forging a formidable reputation as a centre for contemporary art. But can it really rival New York?

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Pure and white

For centuries, German porcelain meant traditional designs from old-school manufacturers such as Meissen or KPM. Hering Berlin has managed to bring an old craft into the present with timeless pieces that are as wonderful to…

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Special envoys

As embassies struggle to retain a foothold in a diversifying (and cost-cutting) world, the role of the diplomat is changing beyond recognition. We meet the next generation.

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Monocle on air

On the ground floor of Midori House, we’ve just pulled back the door on two cosy wool-lined studios, and two equally handsome control rooms. Also we’ve populated them with a fresh and informed crew of the best broadcasters…

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Barranco

Once populated by wealthy Limeños escaping the summer heat of the city centre, this small neighbourhood in Peru’s capital benefits from apartments overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a community feel, restored villas and a…

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Batumi boom

Georgia’s second city is in the midst of a frantic transformation from sleepy resort to major tourist and investment hub. Intent on branding itself as a European-style cultural hotspot, it also aims to become a Caucasian…

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Leader of the dance

Park Nam Yong has choreographed some of South Korea’s biggest pop icons. He talks to Monocle about succeeding in a tough industry, and about teaching singers with two left feet how to dance.

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The next chapter

Nobrow is a company after Monocle’s own heart, putting the love back into the book publishing industry by using a cache of illustrators from around the world, limited editions and quality materials to produce collectable…

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Observation

The laptop ambassador may be a moneysaving concept but it will always be trumped by a diplomat with a budget and an embassy, says Tyler Brûlé.

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Americas Briefing

A Style Leader special, looking at the sartorial statements of three US election Republican hopefuls, plus cycling in Buenos Aires and policing in Peru.

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Asia Briefing

Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari and his highly armoured motorcade, green cities in Japan, and an interview with India's chief economic adviser.

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