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April 2015

Stride into the season: part one of our 2015 fashion and retail special. From the best-stocked rails to our top designers, Monocle unleashes all the tools you need to sharpen your game: Special Survey Series

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To the letter

Montréal, Melbourne and Madrid are – in their own distinct ways – each blazing a trail when it comes to establishing (or reviving) themselves among fashion’s most sought-after cities.

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Defence briefing

Russia makes military moves on the Arctic and we meet the Islamic adviser to the UK Ministry of Defence.

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Asia briefing

The new air route that links Sri Lanka to China and the Japanese scheme set to make a big return from rubbish.

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Americas briefing

Chile's attempts to stem the gender divide, Air Canada's bilingual recruitment and a lakeside clear-up in Peru.

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Europe briefing

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufaki's strong sense of style, plus a look ahead to the Finnish elections

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Observation

As the first quarter of 2015 draws to a close, Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé looks back over events so far. Then it’s time to gear up for the rest of a jam-packed year; conferences, cafés, city guides and a compreh…

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Expo no. 82: States of airplay

While rolling news and shock jocks may grab the headlines there is another facet of US media quietly growing its audience. Public radio is heir to a rich tradition of discursive debate, grass-roots music and local focus…

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Moveable feast

Defying geography is a theme this month with Nordic style in Milan, a US coffee shop opening in Tokyo and gin distilled in Berlin. Stir in Turkish craft beer plus Brazilian kisses and you have a culinary cocktail that is…

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Cane and able

A chance discovery gave rise to a West Country walking-stick firm that – with its emphasis on craftsmanship – is going places.

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Waxing lyrical

From the Turkish candle-maker redefining holiday souvenirs to the travel trade shows reinventing the wheel, here is this month’s global round-up.

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Inventory no.82

In this spring special we match substance with style, from a versatile pendant lamp and understated tote bag to some enchanting glassware and a stunning mezcal.

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Find your mews

Architect William Smalley struck upon a series of elegant solutions to unify this divided three-storey Bloomsbury mews, with Japan providing the solution to open it up to the busy world beyond while maintaining privacy.

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