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The Entrepreneurs

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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Jöttnar:

Tommy Kelly is the co-founder of outerwear brand Jöttnar, which aims to make the best kit possible for the world’s most-demanding alpine athletes. Kelly and co-founder Steve Howarth were both Royal Marines commandos.

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17 May 2019
9 min

Eureka 148: Reek: 

Sara and Molly Sheridan are the mother-and-daughter team behind Reek perfume, an Edinburgh-based company launched in 2016 that makes scents celebrating women and Scottish heritage. Sara is a historical novelist and Molly is a make-up artist by trade – together with award-winning perfumer Sarah McCartney they’ve created a line of perfumes that honour Jacobite women in particular, and are based on scents hundreds of years old.

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39615 May 2019
30 min

Jöttnar: 

Tommy Kelly is the co-founder of outerwear brand Jöttnar, which aims to make the best kit possible for the world’s most-demanding alpine athletes. Kelly and co-founder Steve Howarth were both Royal Marines commandos.

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10 May 2019
11 min

Eureka 147: Qnola: 

Danielle Copperman is the founder of Qnola, a line of quinoa-based granolas with stockists including Whole Foods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols in London, and La Grande Épicerie in Paris. Copperman is a full-time model and started the company after friends and contacts became interested in the gluten-free granola she was making for herself to take for long days at work. She is also a qualified nutritionist and has written her own cookbook.

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3958 May 2019
30 min

Hayche: 

Hayche is a London-based furniture-design studio that makes vibrant pieces from natural materials. Its pieces add colour and beautiful design to homes, restaurants, shops and hotels around the world. The brand was launched in 2014 by architect and angel investor Alejandro Villarreal, alongside longtime friend and collaborator Elizabeth Encinas, now Hayche’s head of marketing.

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3 May 2019
10 min

Eureka 146: Chelsea Nassib, Tappan : 

Nassib is the founder of Tappan, a digital native-art gallery. The aim of the platform is to make the contemporary-art world more accessible, connecting emerging artists with both seasoned and rookie collectors.

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3941 May 2019
30 min

Richard Pierson, Headspace: 

Richard Pierson is the CEO and co-founder of Headspace, the meditation app used by millions of people in more than 190 countries. Struggling to deal with stress and anxiety in his life, Pierson left a successful career in advertising. But when his struggles only got worse, he took up meditation, coached by Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe. They went on to launch Headspace in 2010, first as an events company and later an app with the aim of making meditation more accessible.

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26 Apr 2019
11 min

Eureka 145: Carl Friedrik: 

Brothers Niklas and Mattis Oppermann are the co-founders of Carl Friedrik, a leather-goods business launched in 2012. Focussed originally on wholesaling, the company is now a direct-to-consumer brand producing bags, wallets and cases (mostly in Italy) using all naturally tanned leather with sustainable production methods.

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39324 Apr 2019
30 min

Katerina Schneider, Ritual: 

Katerina Schneider is founder and CEO of Ritual, a vitamin company she founded after leaving behind a career in investment. When Katerina became pregnant, she set out to find a vitamin that was free of additives and that suited her vegan diet. Finding nothing on the market, she launched Ritual with Dr Luke Bucci, an expert in multivitamins. To date, Ritual has sold more than one million bottles and earlier this year closed a $25m (€22.3m) Series B investment.

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19 Apr 2019
10 min

Eureka 144: Henry Hales, Sirplus: 

With no experience in fashion or retail, Henry Hales launched a men’s underwear line in 2010, made from surplus fabric from the production of shirts. He had some sample boxer shorts made up, packaged them, and opened a stand in east London’s Spitalfields market. Today, Sirplus is a head-to-toe menswear label with shops in Islington, Portobello and Princes Arcade.

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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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