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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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Nordic Knots and The True Honey Co:

Liza Lazerow and Fabian Berglund are two of the co-founders of Nordic Knots, a Stockholm-based brand making rugs inspired by natural light in the Nordics and classic Scandinavian design. Plus: we meet Jim McMillan, the founder of The True Honey Co, a brand he was inspired to launch in 2013 after flying over hills of Mānuka flowers in remote parts of New Zealand’s north island as a helicopter pilot.

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18 Jun 2021
14 min

Eureka 249: Orca AI: 

Dor Raviv and Yarden Gross are co-founders of Orca AI, a Tel Aviv-based company that provides data and technology solutions to help ships and other vessels navigate the globe safely. Launched in 2018, after the pair met in the Israeli navy, the company works with the world’s biggest shipping operators to cut down on the thousands of accidents a year that are caused by human error.

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50516 Jun 2021
30 min

Nordic Knots and The True Honey Co: 

Liza Lazerow and Fabian Berglund are two of the co-founders of Nordic Knots, a Stockholm-based brand making rugs inspired by natural light in the Nordics and classic Scandinavian design. Plus: we meet Jim McMillan, the founder of The True Honey Co, a brand he was inspired to launch in 2013 after flying over hills of Mānuka flowers in remote parts of New Zealand’s north island as a helicopter pilot.

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11 Jun 2021
12 min

Eureka 248: Future Noodles: 

Carl Clarke is a chef and founder of Future Noodles, a brand he created with the aim of completely upending our ideas about instant noodles. The goal was to make a plant-based, nutritionally complete meal that is both healthy and good for the planet. He’s also the founder of London restaurants Chick ‘N’ Sours and Chik’N.

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5049 Jun 2021
30 min

The Lost Explorer and Vision-Box: 

David de Rothschild is a conservationist and explorer, and the entrepreneur behind The Lost Explorer, an award-winning mezcal brand he created to show how production of the famed Mexican spirit could be done in a more sustainable way. Known for his adventures, De Rothschild discusses why mezcal had nothing to do with the brand he was aiming to create. Plus: Vision-Box CEO Miguel Leitmann talks about making cross-border travel safer and easier for travellers.

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4 Jun 2021
16 min

Eureka 247: Uncle – rethinking city living: 

Ryan Prince is the founder of Uncle, a London property company that aims to make renting in the city a more desirable and stress-free experience. Prince is a past guest on ‘The Entrepreneurs’ and speaker at Monocle’s Berlin Quality of Life Conference. With all the headlines about people fleeing for the countryside, host Daniel Bach visited Prince at Uncle’s London building to catch up and discuss how Uncle is evolving to cater to city-dwellers.

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5032 Jun 2021
30 min

Ace Hotel: 

Brad Wilson is the president of the Ace Hotel group, which is set to open its latest property in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill with a Toronto property soon to follow. The first Ace Hotel was founded in Seattle in 1999 by partners Alex Calderwood, Wade Weigel and Doug Herrick, and Wilson joined in 2011 to help expand their vision. Ace prides itself on looking at different kinds of existing buildings in off-the-beaten track neighbourhoods.

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28 May 2021
8 min

Eureka 246: Design Editions: 

Danish architect and industrial designer Mikal Harrsen founded interior-design brand Design Editions in 2019. Based in Brianza, the heartland of Italian furniture design, it produces premium acoustic panels and contemporary wall décor. Harrsen has found success as people retreated indoors during the pandemic and looked for ways to improve their home acoustics. He previously launched Scandinavian furniture brand MA/U Studio.

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50226 May 2021
30 min

Gelato: 

Henrik Müller-Hansen is the founder and CEO of Gelato. The Norwegian entrepreneur launched Gelato in 2014 to help companies print and manufacture things in local markets. It now has more than 100 production partners in 32 countries, creating books, prints and gifts, allowing brands, corporations and small-business owners to create and ship items closer to their end destinations, reducing the impact on the planet and cutting down on shipping time and costs.

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21 May 2021
14 min

Eureka 245: Jacaranda: 

Valerie Brandes is founder and CEO of Jacaranda, an independent UK-based publisher she launched in 2012. With the aim of bringing more diverse voices to market, Jacaranda and its writers have won multiple awards and the publisher recently secured several partnerships, including with Hachette and Audible, which will help to share those stories with a wider audience.

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50119 May 2021
30 min

Tequila: 

Tequila is a booming business globally. This week we hear from two of the most exciting brands on the market, which are making waves with their award-winning spirits. Max Davies-Gilbert and Robin Clough walk us through the story of their brand Enemigo, which is stocked by the UK’s top hotels and restaurants and is growing rapidly in the US. We also hear from surf film-maker turned spirits founder Taylor Steele about his sunny brand Solento.

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14 May 2021
13 min

Eureka 244: Kankan: 

Eliza Flanagan and Mary McLeod are co-founders of Kankan, a soap and personal-care brand they launched in 2019 to promote the circular economy. Their soaps and body wash come in aluminum cans, a great way to curb the use of single use plastic soap bottles. McLeod previously worked in retail buying, including for the department store House of Fraser, while Flanagan is behind the successful Hackney eatery Lardo.

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50012 May 2021
30 min

Patagonia and &Open: 

Patagonia has been known for decades as a leader in climate activism. This week, we catch up with Beth Thoren, the outerwear brand’s environmental action director, to hear about the initiatives she is spearheading in Europe. Plus: Monocle’s Josh Fehnert speaks with Irish entrepreneur Jonathan Legge to hear about &Open, the company that has reimagined corporate gifting, opening a market for well-made gifts.

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7 May 2021
12 min

Eureka 243: Nature Squared: 

Lay Koon Tan is the founder of Nature Squared, which uses natural materials in its luxury products such as car interiors, pens, homeware and furniture. Utilising manufacturing byproducts that would otherwise go to waste – including bamboo, egg shells, mango skins, feathers and tobacco leaves – Nature Squared has collaborated with the likes of Rolls Royce, BMW and Montblanc.

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4995 May 2021
30 min

Blackrock: 

Frank Cooper III is the senior managing director and global chief marketing officer at Blackrock, the world’s largest asset manager. Cooper started his career as a lawyer for iconic music labels Def Jam and Motown, before moving into marketing with Pepsico and later Buzzfeed. Today he helps brands decode the “S” in ESG, finding out how they can best impact society, and is on a mission to address financial inequality.

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30 Apr 2021
14 min

Eureka 242: The New Craftsmen: 

In the second part of our feature on supporting artisans and makers, we meet Catherine Lock, who is co-founder and creative director of The New Craftsmen. The brand works with a range of top makers from across the British Isles, curating and supporting their work which is sold online and at its Mayfair showroom in London. Launched in 2012, the brand works with designers and artisans making everything from furniture and lighting to art textiles and tableware.

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