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February 2013

Scanning the horizon: Looking for lands of opportunity. An inspirational tour of the places, people, outfits and organisations worth adding to your list of best benchmarks. A five-part special report

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Renewal process

Having seen its film business nosedive thanks to the digital onslaught, Japan’s Fujifilm has found another lucrative avenue – skincare.

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Future imperfect

Sichuan was one of China’s poorest provinces until investment from Beijing and abroad brought boom times to its capital. Chengdu and its ‘pambassadors’ went on a global sales offensive.

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Do it yourself

Monocle meets five creative businesses and entrepreneurs who have gone their own way, and we ask them how, and why, they did it.

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Inventory No. 60

The passing of the festive season for another year doesn’t mean that gifts and alcohol should be shunned until December. Make a present to yourself of, say, some unique kitchenware or organic soap, kick back with a glass…

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Monocle travel guide

With stunning interiors and furnishings by up-and-coming Brazilian designers competing with floor-to-ceiling views of the rainforest, guests staying at Brazil’s Botanique Hotel and Spa may find it takes a while to discover…

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Different class

Whether it’s airlines or artisan wines, when it comes to inspiring new ventures, staying true to an idea is key. We’ve searched hotels, restaurants, business hubs and remote islands to learn lessons from those achieving…

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Pacific fleet: Fiji Airways

The Fijian national carrier returns to its roots this year with a change of name that harks back to its pioneering days. But the airline’s fleet upgrade shows that its focus is also very much on the future.

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Make, do and mend

Finding your own path is the boldest way to make good ideas happen. So why do so few trust their gut? This issue catches up with business owners, innovators and cultural figures creating new ways to work as they go.

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When in Rome

Once a gritty, working-class neighbourhood, Ostiense still has its warehouses and factories but they’re now being converted into museums and spaces for small, creative businesses.

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The Junction

With its well-preserved streets and redbrick housing, the Junction is home to small shops and galleries and a new generation of residents.

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How to...

No one is better placed to offer valuable advice on tricky projects and ambitious, world-changing actions than the people at the sharp end – precisely the kind of individuals giving the benefit of their hard-won experience…

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New Oyster Cult

When the owners of The Oyster Inn moved to New Zealand they never intended to open a restaurant, let alone a hotel. Two years on, they are the proprietors of a local institution and a winning brand.

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Printed perfection

Whether it be picture-laden coffee table tomes or volumes on aesthetic theory, Germany produces some of the finest art books in the world – and that’s not limited to Taschen. Monocle went to Berlin to pore over a buoyant…

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Local hero

Tom Kerridge’s seasonal, locally sourced cooking has won him two Michelin stars. Not bad for a country pub, now a mecca for foodies.

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