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April 2014

Sharp tailoring to studious specs: how to create the perfect frame. Our editors and correspondents on the buyers, new brands, select shops and smart-looking cities for the season ahead — a Monocle Special

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New dynasty

The historic city of Xi’an may be best known for its ancient walls and Terracotta Army but it’s becoming a global business hub too. Monocle takes a tour, visiting an industrial park where a high-speed railway is being…

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Towering above it

In the centre of Bogotá stands late Colombian architect Rogelio Salmona’s striking Park Towers – a 1970s residential development that blends harmoniously with its mountainous surroundings and serves as a unique public space…

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Meet the top dogs

If your frosty international relations need melting, a big, friendly dog may do the trick. We meet four important members of the diplomatic staff.

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The big city

The Bolivian city of Santa Cruz has an independent spirit that sees it often pushing against the country’s charismatic socialist leader, President Evo Morales. But with a surrounding province that’s the breadbasket and fuel…

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Expo 72: Blooms or bust

Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market might be the city’s must-see for tourists but it’s the Japanese capital’s flower market that’s a thing of beauty and big business.

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Oceania briefing

The controversial shark baiters of Western Australia, Queensland's attempts to improve exports and the colonial overhangs in New Zealand.

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High street revival

If the atmosphere at the EuroShop trade fair was anything to go by, the death of bricks-and-mortar retail has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, the noises coming out of the retail extravaganza suggested that shops are…

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Defence briefing

A report on the new laser weapons being tested by the US, a Q&A with the man selling F35s and a makeover for the Malian army.

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The bean scene

From Delhi to Brooklyn and Singapore to Berlin, these enticing speciality coffee distributors and roasteries are filtering out the competition with their focus on quality, community and provenance.

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Drawn together

In a discipline that has embraced the precision of digital, architectural practice McAlpine Tankersley stands out with its commitment to tradition and hand-drawn designs. Monocle meets a master and his apprentice to uncover…

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Talk of the town

‘Skavlan’ is the most popular talk show in Scandinavia, watched by over three million people across Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Its host Fredrik Skavlan has a sharp eye for finding the chemistry between seemingly disparate…

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House proud

Social housing is often regarded as the architectural afterthought of governments tackling home shortages. But four innovative new developments, from London to Tokyo, are showing how good design and collaborative ideas can…

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The new wave

Australia’s surf-lifesaving clubs offer essential services such as plucking stricken swimmers from waters around the nation’s coast. In Sydney, a new clubhouse is celebrating the best of Australian beach culture and arrives…

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