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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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Kestin Hare:

Edinburgh-based fashion designer Kestin Hare worked with a number of labels including Nigel Cabourn and Burberry before launching his eponymous label in 2014. The brand now has two shops, one in Shoreditch and one in the Leith area of the Scottish capital. Made in the UK, the styles are a nod to the working-class roots of his native Leith and are quickly changing the perception of Scottish design. Kestin’s wife Gemma worked with Harvey Nichols before taking over brand, marketing and strategy for her husband’s label.

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20 Jul 2018
7 min

Eureka 107: Wonderbill: 

Shane Clifford is CEO of Wonderbill, a digital platform that organises your household bills while also suggesting other providers that could save you money. Just two years old, the platform now has 50,000 users across the UK and has plans to expand to new markets across Europe in the new year.

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35318 Jul 2018
29 min

Kestin Hare: 

Edinburgh-based fashion designer Kestin Hare worked with a number of labels including Nigel Cabourn and Burberry before launching his eponymous label in 2014. The brand now has two shops, one in Shoreditch and one in the Leith area of the Scottish capital. Made in the UK, the styles are a nod to the working-class roots of his native Leith and are quickly changing the perception of Scottish design. Kestin’s wife Gemma worked with Harvey Nichols before taking over brand, marketing and strategy for her husband’s label.

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13 Jul 2018
7 min

Eureka 106: Tailor Made London: 

When bespoke tailoring fell short of his expectations, former Goldman Sachs banker John Buni launched Tailor Made London. The company uses high-precision body scanners to map customers’ bodies and create a perfect fit.

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35211 Jul 2018
30 min

Anatomē: 

Brendan Murdock made his name as the founder of well-designed barbershops, which he called Murdock London. The brand was right at the forefront of a wave of new spots catering to men who care about their appearance and are willing to pay good money for smart grooming products. But Murdock has since left that eponymous firm to set up a more intriguing company: a health-and-wellness brand called Anatomē. Now he’s in the business of advising customers on their wellbeing and recommending vitamins, supplements and essential oils. The brand also has a flagship store in Shoreditch.

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6 Jul 2018
7 min

Eureka 105: Care/of: 

Craig Elbert is the co-founder and CEO of Care/of, a direct-to-consumer brand that specialises in vitamins and supplements. Care/of makes understanding what to buy and what to take simple, while giving customers access to research on vitamins. Founded in New York in 2016 by Elbert and Akash Shah, the company has recommended vitamins and supplements to more than one million people.

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3514 Jul 2018
30 min

Rapha: 

Launched in London in 2004, Rapha sets the benchmark for premium cycling wear. Its 22 shops-cum-cafés around the world act as community hubs for cyclists, selling performance and streetwear as well as skincare, self-produced films and an in-house magazine; it also provides luxury travel experiences. We met Simon Mottram, the founder and CEO.

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29 Jun 2018
7 min

Eureka 104: Butternut Box: 

Kevin Glynn and David Nolan are best friends, former Goldman Sachs bankers and now co-founders of Butternut Box: a company that creates fresh, delicious dog food and delivers it direct to customers. Since starting the business two years ago, they have served up one million meals to happy pooches across the land and just raised £5m (€5.6m) for expansion.

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35027 Jun 2018
30 min

Gousto : 

Timo Boldt is the co-founder and CEO of technology-cum-food business Gousto, one of the leading meal-kit providers in the UK. Since its launch in 2012 it has delivered more than 13 million meals and in March, off the back of strong growth, secured a further £28.5m (€32.4m) in funding to expand its reach and improve its technology. What’s cooking?

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22 Jun 2018
8 min

Eureka 103: Goodordering: 

After making a name for herself designing bags for Puma, Virgin Atlantic, Microsoft and others, Jacqui Ma saw an opportunity to strike out on her own. In 2012, as a working mother who cycled everywhere, Ma noticed a lack of affordable and stylish bags on the market. And so Goodordering was born: manufacturer of colourful, practical and multifunctional bicycle bags for families and professionals.

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34920 Jun 2018
30 min

Away: 

Jen Rubio co-founded direct-to-consumer luggage company Away in 2016. She met business partner Stephanie Korey when the pair worked at eyewear venture Warby Parker; they took their experience and used it to disrupt an industry that they felt was stuck in a rut. With four shops across the US (and one coming to London), plus an exciting move to a new HQ in New York imminent, Away is well on its way.

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15 Jun 2018
5 min

Eureka 102: Edited: 

Geoff Watts and Julia Fowler moved from Australia to London in 2009 to found retail-technology company Edited. Touted as the “Bloomberg terminal for fashion”, Edited uses big data and artificial intelligence to help some of the world’s biggest fashion retailers ensure their buyers make the right decisions. Today it has more than 100 staff spread across London, New York and San Francisco.

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34813 Jun 2018
30 min

VanMoof: 

Brothers Taco and Ties Carlier founded the Dutch bike brand VanMoof in 2009 with the mission to reimagine how a bicycle can function in the cities of tomorrow. The slick electric bikes they design subtly integrate smart technology, such as a theft-defence system that includes a built-in alarm and an invisible lock. VanMoof now has shops in Amsterdam, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, London, Paris, Taipei and Tokyo.

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8 Jun 2018
6 min

Eureka 101: Real Handful: 

Joe Taylor worked for a number of big companies in the consumer-goods sector, including Kellogg’s and Heinz, before striking out on his own. When training for an Ironman triathlon, he discovered that trail mix was a great source of fuel for endurance. In 2016 he launched Real Handful, a healthy snack brand with bold flavours and playful packaging, with his wife. Taylor talks to us about creating a better product and building the brand.

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3476 Jun 2018
30 min

Coco-Mat: 

As we’re increasingly being told by serious researchers and popular science writers alike, a good night’s sleep is essential to our health and wellbeing. But it’s something Paul Efmorfidis has known for decades. The entrepreneur had an epiphany as a young man after he made a bed of seaweed in his native Greece and had the best sleep of his life. In 1989, he founded the mattress brand Coco-Mat to bring natural, sustainable and comfortable beds to the world. Today the company has shops in 17 countries.

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1 Jun 2018
5 min

Eureka 100: Zebra Fuel: 

For cities, corporations and drivers around the world, the future of the car is up for debate. The cost of congestion, pollution and infrastructure is increasingly taxing on citizens and their governments. For drivers, filling up is a chore that hasn’t changed much in 100 years since the launch of the first private cars. But start-up Zebra Fuel is hoping to shake things up. The company has developed a way to deliver cleaner fuel directly to car-owners and is working to develop technology to better deliver electric-vehicle charging. We meet co-founder and CEO Reda Bennis.

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