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Monocle 24’s weekly tour of the most inspiring people, companies and ideas in global business, from startups to heritage brands, covering the best in hospitality, design, fashion and retail.

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Eureka 315: The future of Brand Britain:

Bob Sheard stops by to preview a fascinating discussion that will take place in London in January featuring Fresh Britain, Monocle and Central Saint Martins. Alongside other thought leaders and brand custodians, the panel will consider the future of Britain’s national brand and the slipstream that it creates for the best British businesses. What are the faultlines affecting Britain’s sense of itself and place in the world?

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25 Nov 2022
10 min

Eureka 315: The future of Brand Britain: 

Bob Sheard stops by to preview a fascinating discussion that will take place in London in January featuring Fresh Britain, Monocle and Central Saint Martins. Alongside other thought leaders and brand custodians, the panel will consider the future of Britain’s national brand and the slipstream that it creates for the best British businesses. What are the faultlines affecting Britain’s sense of itself and place in the world?

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57223 Nov 2022
30 min

Universal Works: 

Designer David Keyte founded menswear brand Universal Works in 2008. He returns to the show to discuss seasonality and staying fresh, what it means to be a UK brand after Brexit, the trouble with the “S” word – that is, “sustainability” – and dressing the world. Plus: we report from Helsinki on why thousands of the world’s leading entrepreneurs and investors brave the cold Finnish weather to attend Slush every November.

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18 Nov 2022
9 min

Eureka 314: Mintus: 

Tamer Ozmen is the founder and CEO of the online art investment platform, which offers astute collectors the opportunity to own a share in exceptional works. Ozmen explains how the modern and contemporary art market has performed almost three times better than the S&P 500 since 1986 and discusses the investment potential of pieces like Andy Warhol’s immense "White Disaster" screenprint, which sold for more than $85m at Sotheby’s in New York this week.

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57116 Nov 2022
30 min

Peggy: 

The innovative new online platform is reshaping how collectors acquire art by making the work of emerging and mid-career artists available to a new generation. Monocle’s Tomos Lewis is in Peggy’s home town of Toronto to meet co-founders Craig Follett and Adam Meghji and VP of art Brownyn Hunter-Shortly.

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11 Nov 2022
11 min

Eureka 313: Metropolitan Touring: 

In the week of COP27 we are training our spotlight on sustainability and climate awareness. We’re considering why responsible travellers and engaged citizens can justify heading to places that are right on the front line of the climate battle. We speak to Dominic Hamilton, director of communications at Metropolitan Touring, the carbon-neutral holding group of several properties in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Dom tells us about his journey and explains how Metropolitan has established itself as Ecuador’s leading pioneer of sustainable tourism.

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5709 Nov 2022
30 min

Cocoon and ZZ Driggs: 

Ceanne Fernandes-Wong is the CEO and co-founder of Cocoon, the UK’s first luxury bag rental service. Cocoon’s collection consists of almost 1,000 styles from leading brands such as Chanel, Gucci, Fendi and Prada, alongside a vintage selection. Whitney Frances Falk is the founder and CEO of ZZ Driggs, a New York-based brand that offers fine furniture created by independent designers on demand, making it easy and affordable for consumers to rent, buy or both. They tell us about the opportunities for smart entrepreneurs who want to operate in a more sustainable, circular and ethical way.

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4 Nov 2022
9 min

Eureka 312: Another Aspect: 

Daniel Brøndt, Anders Poulsen and Nicolaj Thomsen are the co-owners of this stylish Copenhagen menswear brand. Another Aspect’s pieces are influenced by classic tailoring but delivered with a relaxed, minimalist aesthetic. The trio called in at Midori House to talk about the start of their brand’s journey. They explain why enduring quality matters more than big logos and discuss their belief in the power of bricks-and-mortar retail to build great brands.

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5692 Nov 2022
30 min

Belstaff: 

Fran Millar is the CEO leading the British heritage fashion brand into a new era. She explains how her methodology is inspired in part by her experience at the cutting edge of elite sport: she was previously in charge of winning behaviours at cycling record-breakers Team Sky. Plus: for this week’s branding corner, Fresh Britain’s Bob Sheard describes the agency’s role in the renaissance of New Balance.

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28 Oct 2022
7 min

Eureka 311: Hamilton & Hare: 

Founder Olivia Francis shares the origin story of the independent British menswear brand based around the corner from Monocle’s London HQ. Frustrated at a lack of great quality, wearable men’s basics, Francis decided to do something about it, despite lacking a fashion background. Eight years on, Hamilton & Hare boasts exciting collaborations with other British brands, sustainable manufacture in small-scale, specialist facilities in Portugal and an ever-growing offer of premium wardrobe staples.

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56826 Oct 2022
30 min

MĀ and Mugi: 

Esther Payerols and Nina Marti are the founders of MĀ, a Lugano-based brand that promotes wellbeing and emotional harmony through home scents made from sustainably sourced, organic essential oils. Esther and Nina explain MĀ’s natural roots and how they were inspired by a Japanese concept of better balance in life. We then meet another bold entrepreneur who has taken inspiration from Japan: Mugi’s Michael Steber. Michael and his co-founder Andrea Rückert produce barley for mugicha (barley tea) but they’re growing it (and transforming its reputation) in Bavaria.

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21 Oct 2022
11 min

Eureka 310: Dr Ewan Kirk: 

The technology entrepreneur is perhaps best known for founding science-driven investment management firm Cantab Capital Partners. Kirk was previously a partner and head of the quantitative strategies group at Goldman Sachs, where he led a 120-strong European team of mathematicians, scientists and statisticians. He tells us why he advocates for commercialising and leveraging technology and science research in business, philanthropy and academia.

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56719 Oct 2022
30 min

Proper Snacks and JR Ryall: 

Cassandra Stavrou launched the Proper Snacks business in 2011 and has built it into Europe’s largest independent healthy snacks company. Cassandra talks about the journey the brand has been on and how the recent sale of a majority stake in the company has created a true challenger to the established players in the market. Plus: Ballymaloe House head pastry chef JR Ryall talks about his entrepreneurial adventures in food and how they led to the publication of his delicious debut book, ‘Ballymaloe Desserts’.

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14 Oct 2022
10 min

Eureka 309: Rezon: 

Judith McMinn is the founder of Rezon, developer of the Halo protective headband that is designed to reduce rotational forces transmitted to the brain by impacts in sport. It’s this rotation inside the skull that results in the kind of harmful inflammation that can damage the brain. So how did a former director of operations for the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change come to fill this gap in the market?

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56612 Oct 2022
30 min

Cake: 

Stefan Ytterborn is the founder of electric-motorbike manufacturer Cake. A seasoned entrepreneur who refined his skills with the creation and development of POC, a brand specialising in protective gear for adventure sports, Ytterborn has led Cake since 2016. Cake’s ground-breaking bikes delight design aficionados while offering a path towards a more sustainable future. Plus: Bob Sheard on the rise of Arc’teryx.

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7 Oct 2022
8 min

Eureka 308: Jack Wolfskin: 

Richard Collier joined the leading provider of premium German-engineered outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment as CEO in 2020, with the small matter of a global pandemic to navigate. Alongside that, he had a more personal challenge to meet: to take the brand back to its roots. Jack Wolfskin was founded by a group of friends around a remote Canadian campfire in 1981 and, as Richard explains, that’s the origin story and the ‘eureka moment’ that he wanted to put back at the heart of the brand experience.

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