Monday 5 February 2018 - Monocle Minute | Monocle

Monday. 5/2/2018

The Monocle Minute

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Making friends

Rumour had it that he was about to get the axe earlier this year but that hasn’t stopped former oil man Rex Tillerson going about his work. The secretary of state touches down in Colombia tomorrow on the next stop of his week-long Latin American tour, where Tillerson, ever the man to tidy up after his boss, has already had to confront an unhappy Mexico (his first port of call) due to the administration’s utterances on trade and immigration. When it comes to Colombia, the US has pledged to help support the fledgling peace process there. Tillerson’s tour may seem like an olive branch but there’s a strong economic incentive driving him as well: with China increasing trade relationships across South America, the US is finding itself squeezed out.

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Sliding sales

Ralph Lauren is having a tough time. Eight months after Patrice Louvet took over as CEO, the label has released disappointing results for the final quarter of last year (which included the all-important holiday period). Its slumping statistics – including a drop of 6 per cent in its own-brand shop sales – are in stark contrast to the success that other fashion houses are currently enjoying. The LVMH group recently announced record profits on the back of impressive results from Louis Vuitton and Celine. This only serves to highlight Ralph Lauren’s major problem: it has been unable to connect with young consumers or to stay relevant and it has lost its upmarket cache. Luxury is back but the preppy label needs to work out how to be perceived as a modern luxury brand.

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Flying solo

You may have a little more trouble bringing your furry friend onboard your next flight in the US. Whereas travellers were once allowed to be accompanied by emotional support animals, some airlines such as United Airlines are now reversing their policy. This follows a rash of onboard incidents involving airborne pets (including biting and allergic reactions). Now those with emotional support animals will have to provide more documentation for the animal’s emotional support capabilities and alert the airline 48 hours prior to flying. United reports that they’ve seen a 75 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of flyers bringing along pets for emotional support. This also comes on the back of Delta changing their policy after a passenger attempted to fly with a typically flightless bird: a comfort turkey.

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Cub Sport

Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield from Brisbane four-piece Cub Sport hit the studio to play some tunes and talk to us about their latest album ‘Bats’, which reflects on two of them coming out as gay and announcing their engagement.

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