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28 September 2016
Hirofumi Kurino from United Arrows and Simone Cipriani from the Ethical Fashion Initiative discuss the creative partnership that led them to hitch a ride to Ethiopia. Then the CEO of Oliver Peoples explains why the US eyewear brand is making moves in Europe. And Palida Boonyarungsrit reveals how she’s leveraging her family’s multigenerational history of craft in Thailand to create her very own business.
28 September 2016
Photo: Chloe Mukai
Hirofumi Kurino is creative director of Japanese brand United Arrows, Simone Cipriani is director of the Ethical Fashion Initiative that connects developing-world artisans with the global fashion industry, and Miguel Fluxá is CEO of Spanish shoe brand Camper. Together they’re developing a collection of leather shoes in Ethiopia. Cipriani and Kurino explain their partnership and the project’s origins and vision.
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US eyewear brand Oliver Peoples was founded in 1987 in West Hollywood. Its growth has been steady ever since and this month it opened its first European shop on London’s Sloane Street. The company’s CEO David Schulte speaks to Monocle’s Henry Rees-Sheridan to explain how the brand maintains quality as it grows.
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Family companies are tricky things. For the next generation, the ever-present decision is whether to take on the burden of the business or venture out on one’s own. For Palida Boonyarungsrit the answer lies somewhere in between. Her family company has decades of experience in craft and interior design in Thailand. While she might one day take on the business, first she’s starting small, working with artistans in the family workshop to produce gorgeous boxes using super high-end materials.
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