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Monocle 24’s weekly tour of the most inspiring people, companies and ideas in global business, whether they are starting from scratch, reinvigorating the family firm or developing new technology.

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Big Mamma:

Victor Lugger and his business partner Tigrane Seydoux spent two years driving around Italy to find the best producers and suppliers before opening their first restaurant in Paris. Today, they have nine restaurants as part of the Big Mamma Group, including a new trattoria in London’s Shoreditch called Gloria.

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39217 Apr 2019
30 min

Big Mamma: 

Victor Lugger and his business partner Tigrane Seydoux spent two years driving around Italy to find the best producers and suppliers before opening their first restaurant in Paris. Today, they have nine restaurants as part of the Big Mamma Group, including a new trattoria in London’s Shoreditch called Gloria.

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12 Apr 2019
10 min

Eureka 143: Angela Scott , The Office of Angela Scott: 

Angela Scott is the founder of The Office of Angela Scott, a women’s shoe brand all about elegance and functionality. After working in construction and estate management – and learning of the impracticality of high heels – Angela wanted to create a line of boots and shoes that celebrated women, using the same craftsmanship she was seeing in men’s shoes.

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39110 Apr 2019
30 min

Harry Mead, The Court : 

Harry Mead is the founder of the recently opened London members’ club The Court, an ambitious £2m (€2.3m) venture, inspired by Mead’s favourite classic films. The luxury club recently opened its doors in the former Bag O’Nails site in Soho, an iconic music venue. The menu was created by Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers, the cocktail list by Mr Lyan and artwork by Bradley Theodore.

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5 Apr 2019
11 min

Eureka 142: NearSt: 

Max Kreijn and Nick Brackenbury are the co-founders of NearSt, a platform getting people back to the high street. They’ve also paired with Google so that those searching for a specific product can be told that it might be available nearby.

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3903 Apr 2019
30 min

Gabriella Somerville, ConnectJets: 

Gabriella Somerville is the founder and managing director of ConnectJets, a leading private-jet brokerage handling sales, charters and logistics for clients around the world. The company was launched in 2009, with Gabriella providing her own seed funding, and has soared ever since. With 25 years of experience in commercial aviation, Gabriella works closely with plane owners and manufacturers to reduce both operating costs and carbon footprint, while striving to offer safer and more comfortable travel.

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29 Mar 2019
10 min

Eureka 141: Tay Liam Wee – Watchbox: 

Tay Liam Wee is the chairman and co-founder of Watchbox, a growing trading platform for pre-owned watches shaking up a multi-billion-dollar industry. Watchbox mixes personalised online shopping with high-touch retail service. Tay is the former owner of Sincere Watch, a family business he took over in the 1980s, expanding the company across Asia.

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38927 Mar 2019
30 min

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs: 

Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE is chairman of Coffeesmiths Collective Inc, owner and operator of a number of standout brands in coffee, including The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, Nordic Bakery and Baker & Spice. A serial entrepreneur and award-winning philanthropist, Allesch-Taylor has more than 25 years of experience in finance and growing start-ups and is also a professor of entrepreneurship at King’s College London.

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22 Mar 2019
12 min

Eureka 140: Flowerbx: 

Whitney Bromberg Hawkings is founder and CEO of Flowerbx, the florist trusted by some of the biggest names in fashion, retail and hospitality. Hawkings spent almost two decades as Tom Ford’s personal assistant before launching her own company in 2015. Flowerbx has also collaborated with top designers on a series of vases, created a line of bespoke fragrances and has a regular client list including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Tory Burch and The River Café.

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38820 Mar 2019
30 min

Peanut: 

Michelle Kennedy is the CEO and founder of Peanut, a rapidly growing app and network for mothers. She was previously deputy CEO of dating platform Badoo and later, along with Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe, created dating app Bumble.

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15 Mar 2019
7 min

Eureka 139: Karen Mabon: 

Karen Mabon is a Scottish designer and illustrator, based in London, who’s known for her colourful and playful silk scarves. Her eponymous label was launched in 2013 after she attended the Royal College of Art. Her pieces are stocked by a number of retailers including Anthropologie, Bloomingdales and Harvey Nichols. The collection now also includes cashmere scarves, silk sleepwear and cushions, with plans to introduce more homeware and women’s clothing this year.

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38713 Mar 2019
30 min

Hims: 

Andrew Dudum is the founder of Hims, a direct-to-consumer brand with sharp and witty marketing changing the conversation about men’s health and wellness. It offers products for hair loss, sexual wellness and skincare.

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8 Mar 2019
11 min

Eureka 138: Pip & Nut: 

Pip Murray founded London-based nut butter company Pip & Nut in her kitchen in 2013. A range of nut butters and an almond milk are now stocked by more than 5,000 shops across the UK and Ireland.

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3866 Mar 2019
30 min

Uncommon Creative Studio and Halo: 

Nils Leonard is co-founder of Uncommon Creative Studio and ethical-coffee brand Halo, which sells specialty grade coffee in compostable capsules. Previously, Nils was chief creative officer at Grey London.

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1 Mar 2019
10 min

Eureka 137: The Drop: 

Stephen Stroud and Jonathan Kruger launched The Drop in 2016, an on-demand label that ships made-to-measure suits to your door in just a few weeks. In consultation with a stylist, and with just 10 measurements and two photos, their algorithm can laser cut you a perfect suit, which means no inventory for them and minimal waste in production. They have big plans for 2019, including growing the brand to bricks and mortar.

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38527 Feb 2019
30 min

Hostmaker: 

Hostmaker was launched by husband and wife Nakul Sharma and Deepti Patankar, who left their jobs to launch the platform from their kitchen table in 2014. The end-to-end management company is reinventing home-sharing, and working with top hotels to do so. Whether its creating smart-pricing algorithms or providing a five-star hotel service, the platform takes care of everything for owners and travellers alike.

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