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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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FTD:

Charlie Cole is the CEO of FTD, the 110-year-old old flower collective that has been building back its business following a bankruptcy in 2019. The brand’s iconic Mercury Man logo is seen in the window of more than 30,000 florists in 125 countries. Having previously worked for luggage brands Samsonite and Tumi, Cole is helping FTD grow in the world of e-commerce while finding the best way to support local businesses the world over.

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16 Apr 2021
15 min

Eureka 240: Good Citizens: 

A couple of years ago, Sydneysider Nik Robinson’s children were learning about the future of the environment at school and decided to do something about it. And so Robinson, along with his sons Harry and Archie, began work on Good Citizens, a brand that turns plastic PET bottles into sunglasses. In a Sydney factory, plastic pellets are turned into shades that have a square or round frame in ocean blue, dark brown or ‘lemonade’ hues.

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49614 Apr 2021
30 min

FTD: 

Charlie Cole is the CEO of FTD, the 110-year-old old flower collective that has been building back its business following a bankruptcy in 2019. The brand’s iconic Mercury Man logo is seen in the window of more than 30,000 florists in 125 countries. Having previously worked for luggage brands Samsonite and Tumi, Cole is helping FTD grow in the world of e-commerce while finding the best way to support local businesses the world over.

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9 Apr 2021
11 min

Eureka 239: Depuravita : 

Sandra Nassima founded Depuravita in 2015, selling a range of detox juices and smoothies, using locally sourced fruits and vegetables, in smart and sustainable packaging. The Italian brand has since added a line of natural nutrition and skincare products, including probiotic chocolates, at dozens of retailers across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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4957 Apr 2021
30 min

Montana Fogg: 

Sebastian Fogg is the co-founder of restaurant consultancy Montana Fogg, launched alongside his partner Laura Montana in 2017. Having launched top restaurants in London, Los Angeles and New York, Montana Fogg advises a host of business at all stages, from how to get started to changing direction entirely. This week, Sebastian tells us what the industry has learned from the past year and offers advice for the hospitality industry as many eateries prepare to reopen.

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2 Apr 2021
13 min

Eureka 238: X Shore: 

Konrad Bergström is the founder of X Shore, a Swedish electric-boat manufacturer that designs pleasure craft with the environment and nature in mind. With modular interiors and without the noise of a loud engine they allow for a more enjoyable time on the water. Previously, Bergström founded Zound Industries, the licensee of Marshall headphones and speakers.

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49431 Mar 2021
30 min

Labrum London: 

Foday Dumbuya is the founder and creative director of Labrum London, a British-African menswear brand he launched in 2015 to bridge the gap between London and the culture of West Africa. Originally from Sierra Leone, he moved to the UK as a young man. After college, he started his career in fashion working for DKNY and later for Nike. He was recently commissioned to design Sierra Leone’s Olympic kit for the upcoming summer games.

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26 Mar 2021
14 min

Eureka 237: Nyyukin: 

Vera and Philippe Henco are the founders of Nyyukin, a jewellery brand based in Düsseldorf inspired by modern graphic design. Manufactured in Germany, Nyyukin’s bracelets are a marriage of cutting-edge technology and traditional craftsmanship. The brand’s pieces are made using 3D-printed titanium and stainless steel for the base and polyamide for colourful, interchangeable inlays. It was launched out of the couple’s design studio KittoKatsu with the help of their friend Johannes Hundt, who has almost 40 years of industry experience.

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49324 Mar 2021
30 min

Airbnb: 

Last year was very nearly the end for home-sharing platform Airbnb, which lost around 80 per cent of its business following lockdown announcements. But co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky says the turbulence of 2020 has allowed the California-based company to get back to its roots. Following a hugely successful IPO in December and high demand for longer-term, closer-to-home rentals, the company is now working to tackle the problem of over-tourism by encouraging people to discover new places to travel.

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19 Mar 2021
13 min

Eureka 236: Lyre’s: 

Mark Livings is the CEO and co-founder of Lyre’s non-alcoholic spirits, a brand launched in Australia in 2019. The company’s range of drinks are created to taste as good as a wide range of classic spirits and aperitifs, from gin and rum to Campari and vermouth. The brand has seen incredible growth since launching, while winning a host of awards around the world.

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49217 Mar 2021
30 min

Asket: 

Jakob Dworsky and August Bard Bringéus are the co-founders of Swedish menswear label Asket. Launched in 2015, the brand’s aim is to create well-made wardrobe staples to inspire customers to buy less. More recently, Asket created an impact receipt for its staple pieces and overhauled its packaging. It’s an incredible example of a brand fighting back against greenwashing and pushing the boundaries of the fashion industry at the same time.

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12 Mar 2021
13 min

Eureka 235: The Workers Club: 

Charlotte and Adam Cameron co-founded The Workers Club, a UK menswear and lifestyle brand, in 2015. The pair, who met at university, have more than 30 years of combined experience working in luxury and high-street fashion. Based in Oxfordshire where the couple live, The Workers Club focuses on creating long-lasting, functional garments with the best materials.

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49110 Mar 2021
30 min

Lindsay Jang: 

Hailing from Alberta, Canada, restaurateur and entrepreneur Lindsay Jang moved to Hong Kong 12 years ago with business partner Matt Abergel. She is the co-founder of three of Hong Kong’s best Japanese-inspired restaurants (and Monocle favourites) Yardbird HK, Ronin and Roti Tori, as well as Sunday’s Grocery and Japanese beverage company Sunday’s Spirits. Through it all she has somehow found the time to launch creative agency Hecho and Family Form. Yardbird HK recently received its first Michelin star.

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5 Mar 2021
12 min

Eureka 234: Angell: 

Jules Trecco and Marc Simoncini co-founded Angell in 2018. A French e-bike company, launched with the future of our cities in mind, its first vehicle was created by French product and furniture designer Ora-Ïto. One of the lightest e-bikes on the market, with a sharp streamlined design, Angell’s smart technology makes cycling safer for riders and motorists too.

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4903 Mar 2021
30 min

Clearbanc: 

Canadian serial entrepreneur Michele Romanow is the co-founder and president of e-commerce investor Clearbanc. Since launching in 2015, the company has invested more than US$1.5bn in more than 4,000 companies in five countries. Romanow, also a co-host on CBC television show ‘Dragons’ Den’, says that though e-commerce is booming, retail may now be as important as ever for brands, where consumers expect great in-store experiences and seamless online shopping.

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26 Feb 2021
12 min

Eureka 233: Little Moons : 

Vivien and Howard Wong co-founded mochi ice-cream brand Little Moons in 2010 after leaving careers in finance. The brother-and-sister team grew up watching their parents run a family bakery, and loved to eat the traditional Japanese mochis. They began by selling directly to London restaurants and are now stocked by Whole Foods, Selfridges and Amazon.

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