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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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Light fantastic

Hidden behind discreet fences away from the downtown hubbub, chef Fernando Trocca’s home has been transformed by Alejandro Sticotti into a modernist masterpiece filled with sunshine, greenery and pine.

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Make your mark

Wasabi, beer, olive oil, iron ore and wool: certainly the worst possible ingredients for a cocktail but, it turns out, the perfect recipe for business success. Here we profile five companies that between them have made…

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Time to open wide

OK, so the Olympics were a soft-power triumph for the UK. But now what? Over the following pages we explore how Britain can harness that post-games optimism and meet some of the people who can help the country do just that…

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Principles of style

We ask two fashion buyers what they look for when selecting brands for their shop and for their top picks for this season and beyond.

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Homely heroine

Harumi Kurihara is an unlikely celebrity, a down-to-earth housewife at heart who has hit the big time with her cookbooks, TV shows and chain of cafés and restaurants. Meet Japan’s unassuming answer to Martha Stewart.

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Her dark materials

Take the rough with the smooth and add warm textured knits and bright tactile jerseys to your wardrobe. And don’t forget some bangle jangle too.

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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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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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