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Intimate trade

When visiting a city it is rarely the streets lined with department stores or chain shops that we remember: it’s the tiny retail gems that we hold dearest. As part of our style issue, we look at how small retail spaces are…

Business / Management

Seat of power

Thursday 26 March

As the battle for control of Japanese furniture company Otsuka Kagu reaches a climax, the family members at the heart of the feud represent a major issue facing corporate governance in Japan today says Monocle’s Fiona…

The travails of Otsuka Kagu, one of Japan’s biggest furniture retailers, have gripped the press here for months now. At the centre are two protagonists: the 71-year-old founder of the company, Katsuhisa Otsuka, and his 47…


The Entrepreneurs, 180

Wednesday 25 March

We meet the president of Detroit-based heritage brand Shinola, visit two European food startups - Frutomania in Kosovo and Foodscovery in Italy - and the Winkreative team discusses Chinese luxury brand Shang Xia.



The Entrepreneurs, 179

Wednesday 18 March

We profile a business success story in Havana and designer Yves Béhar discusses his involvement with Spring Accelerator, plus we meet Thierry Teyssier of La Pâtisserie Des Rêves and Hedvig Alexander of Far & Wide Collective…


Business / Food & Drink

The fast food and the furious

Tuesday 17 March

In the same way that Starbucks failed to conquer Australia, US chicken giant KFC looks set for a struggle to convince the Italians of its merits. And that should come as no surprise says Monocle’s Ben Rylan.

When Starbucks first opened its doors to unsuspecting Americans way back in 1971, it didn’t take long for its frothy brand of cappuccinos and sickly sweet lattes to take hold. Of course, “coffee” in the US had long been…

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