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October 2015

Our sharp survey of good looks, bright fashion and retail details. Look the business! The designers, brands and shopkeepers shaping the worlds of style and handsome commerce (and making good gear too)

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Family man

Roy Dantendorfer has built his family business into a chain of fashion shops that are a vital stop-off for discerning customers looking for timeless high-end pieces from independent designers.

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Label mates

Fashion can be cruel: trends are fleeting, the work is demanding and the rewards not always forthcoming. Japanese brand Beams is forging a different model with a warmly designed retreat that welcomes all of its employees…

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Wardrobe wonders

Meet five up-and-coming designers who are not afraid to create forward-looking, wardrobe-defining labels. With influences that are as far-reaching as classic Italian tailoring, streetwear, architecture and East Asian aes…

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Master of all trades

Christopher Descours, the president of luxury group EPI, explains why he’s building the firm’s property portfolio, how to keep large companies feeling personal and the best way to put down international roots while keeping…

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Observation

Editor in chief Tyler Brûlé on what to do if you are at a loose end in London – visit Monocle’s new venture, the Kioskafé. You’ll certainly be able to get your magazine and coffee fix as well as stock up on all your travel…

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Expo 87: The swing of things

High in the Brünig Pass, menfolk from all walks of life come to grapple, heave and hurl in an arcadian celebration of traditional Swiss wrestling. Monocle joins the crowd to watch the sawdust fly.

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Taste makers

From Singaporean hawker food in New York and Sweden’s largest organic supermarket to woodfire-grilled offerings and a new batch of Aussie gin, we survey the food world’s most delectable developments.

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Turning over a new leaf

Once a seedy neighbourhood with an air of debauchery, Zürich’s Kreis 4 is now a shiny hub of creativity. But the clean-up that began in 1995 didn’t involve a clear-out: a glimmer of the red-light district remains as neon…

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Personal touch

From a socially minded floating Dutch hotel and a family-run French château opening its doors to guests for the first time to an elegantly green-fingered café in Istanbul, join us as we visit the best autumn openings in…

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Inventory no.87

From Finnish gin to charming cookware and notable stationery, this October select showcases our favourite autumn finds.

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Lifestyle technique

Tokyo-based company Culture Convenience Club brings together quality of life and technology in Tsutaya Electrics. The well-designed shop displays hi-tech products alongside books, plants and plenty of comfy seats.

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Style envoy

If a nation’s embassy is about projecting its character onto the world stage, Denmark’s London mission is a masterclass. It combines modernity and an outward-looking philosophy while offering visitors just the right amount…

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