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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 296: Peace By Chocolate:

Born into a family that owned one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in Damascus, Tareq Hadhad arrived in Canada in 2016 as a refugee of Syria’s civil war. He explains how he launched boutique chocolate brand Peace By Chocolate from his new home on Canada’s Atlantic coast.

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27 May 2022
5 min

Eureka 296: Peace By Chocolate: 

Born into a family that owned one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in Damascus, Tareq Hadhad arrived in Canada in 2016 as a refugee of Syria’s civil war. He explains how he launched boutique chocolate brand Peace By Chocolate from his new home on Canada’s Atlantic coast.

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55425 May 2022
30 min

Varsity Headwear and Batch LDN: 

Hats off to two innovative businesses chasing perfection from head to toe. Varsity Headwear has changed the game in baseball caps, ensuring that every individual can find their perfect fit, feel and fabric. Batch LDN is reimagining the suit with fresh emphasis on sustainability, versatility and comfort.

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20 May 2022
6 min

Eureka 295: Grapekeeper: 

Grapekeeper allows anyone to become a winemaker by letting them own a portion of a vineyard in leading European wineries, which are committed to sustainable viticulture. Founded in Holland in 2018 by Ana Monforte, an environmental engineer and wine enthusiast, customers have access to premium estates and the possibility of tailoring wines to suit their palates. All this while helping to lower costs for producers who use traditional practices.

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55318 May 2022
30 min

Deliciously Ella: 

Shifting narratives around healthy eating and plant-based food have offered innovators an opportunity to establish and grow some brilliant businesses. Ella Mills is the founder and driving force behind Deliciously Ella, the plant-based food platform that advocates for a delicious path to feeling better. As the business celebrates its first 10 years, Ella and her husband (and Deliciously Ella’s CEO) Matt Mills explain how the brand began out of necessity as a passion project but then evolved. Now Deliciously Ella features a leading range of plant-based food products, an app, a collection of bestselling recipe books, a podcast, restaurant, and a likeminded global community both on and offline.

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13 May 2022
5 min

Eureka 294: Ensembl: 

Kate Swanson founded stackable cookware brand Ensembl in Montrèal in 2020. She explains why she left a successful career in law to set up the business.

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55211 May 2022
30 min

Unrest and Morty: 

We talk to Nils Leonard of Uncommon Creative Studio and Nora Apsel, founder of Morty, a company shaking up the US mortgage market by putting consumers in control. Nils and Nora are entrepreneurs who share a passion for consumer advocacy, a commitment to doing business with purpose, and a belief in challenging and changing the status quo.

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6 May 2022
7 min

Eureka 293: From the archive: Dax Dasilva: 

In 2018 we met Dax Dasilva, the founder and then CEO of Lightspeed, a technology firm that he started in Montréal in 2005. He has since created Age of Union, a non-profit environmental alliance, and been appointed executive chair of Lightspeed’s board of directors. How do these latest moves build upon the ambitions that defined the start of his entrepreneurial journey? Here we look back on Dasilva’s inspirations and choices in founding Lightspeed.

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5514 May 2022
30 min

Ecobirdy : 

Designers Vanessa Yuan and Joris Vanbriel founded Ecobirdy in Antwerp in 2018, with the aim of creating high-quality furniture using nothing but recycled plastic. Monocle’s Tomos Lewis speaks to the duo about their award-winning design for children, the Charlie Chair, and their broader ambitions for the studio.

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29 Apr 2022
7 min

Eureka 292: Materialise: 

Fried Vancraen is the founder and CEO of Materialise, a company that uses additive manufacturing (3D printing) to develop meaningful applications that contribute to a better and healthier world.

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55027 Apr 2022
30 min

Rehaus: 

Passionate about great design and interiors, Daphne Vassiliades co-founded Rehaus, an online platform dedicated to the resale of vintage pieces and designer furniture. She tells us about the importance of her collaboration with Shutl founder Tom Allason and e-comms veteran Will Cochrane, and offers her take on what makes a good managed marketplace.

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22 Apr 2022
8 min

Eureka 291: Marufukuro hotel: 

We dive into Monocle’s latest issue and celebrate an innovative business built on the foundations of another. We visit the site of Nintendo’s former headquarters in Kyoto, where Marufukuro, a new hotel designed by the great Tadao Ando, has recently opened.

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54920 Apr 2022
30 min

Life House: 

Rami Zeidan founded Life House, a boutique hotel brand and hotel-management technology company, in 2017. He talks to Monocle’s Tomos Lewis about his ambitions for the company and explains why technology should not be disruptive but instead enhance what a hotel does best: making its guests feel welcome.

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15 Apr 2022
11 min

Eureka 290: Judy Sanderson: 

South Africa native Judy Sanderson initially had a career selling consumer goods for US multinational Procter & Gamble. But after deciding to pursue her dream of designing clothes, she founded her namesake fashion label in Porto 2019. The brand draws inspiration from Africa and manufactures clothes using the sustainable techniques of a network of Portugal-based producers.

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54813 Apr 2022
30 min

Vuori: 

Inspired by California’s active, coastal lifestyle, Joe Kudla launched athletic clothing brand Vuori in 2015, aiming to blend the principles of ethical manufacturing, sustainability, community and quality. Here the CEO and founder shares the ups and downs of his career so far and tells us how Vuori secured major investment and a multibillion-dollar valuation by pushing the boundaries of activewear.

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8 Apr 2022
8 min

Eureka 289: Clearwater Parade: 

A collective of independent businesses in Cardiff has breathed new life into a retail format that many claim has had its day: the strip mall. Monocle’s Tomos Lewis explains the success of the Clearwater Parade collective.

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