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Monocle #172

Monocle magazine is a global look at current affairs, business, culture and design, with articles on politics and business in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas, news on global culture from cultural centres like Tokyo, Paris and London, and featuring inspiring designs. Published 10 times a year and with many fans of it's style and content, Monocle provides a close look at everything going on in the world.

Issue #172 - Hospitality And Fashion

At the front

  • Contributors: A selection of this magazine’s creators.
  • Ed's letter: Andrew Tuck on what makes for good hospitality and the art of a warm welcome.
  • Clicking the habit: A conversation with Chris Black, co-host of the How Long Gone podcast, ecological risk in the South Atlantic, plus updates from our correspondents around the world.
  • Mathieu Lehanneur: The designer on the art of crafting the torch for the 2024 Olympics.
  • Rumita festival: How one Italian mountain town is reviving its traditions.
  • Gourmet Market: A Bangkok food emporium’s recipe for success.

The Agenda: Global briefings

  • Clicking the habit: Technology addiction among children is a menace – but can we treat it?
  • Affairs: A chat with Lithuania’s prime minister, Italy’s charm offensive in Africa and the pitfalls of a long-standing US democratic scheme.
  • Hybrid warfare: Our new security column focuses on the West’s response to hybrid attacks.
  • Business: Manufacturing cranes in the US, Colombia’s hospitality scene and the business of Tracht.
  • Culture: Barcelona’s forbidden treasures, writer André Aciman’s ode to the Amalfi Coast and Georgia’s burgeoning art scene.
  • Urbanism & designCopenhagen’s high hopes, a royal rumble in Saudi Arabia and Ecuador’s collaborative communities.

Global views: Long reads

  • Kyriakos Mitsotakis: In spite of recent economic turbulence, Greece is experiencing something of a renaissance. We meet its prime minister to find out why.
  • Essays: A landscape architect, a Polish journalist and a former president of Armenia rethink the way that we live.
  • Operation Red Flag: Monocle takes a seat in the cockpit for a lesson in conflict management.
  • The Caucasus by rail: We take the temperature of three former-Soviet states – and find out how they’re laying new tracks for the future.
  • Hospitality lessons: What makes for a good host? We offer 50 ways to get the little things right.
  • Mobilier National: How a French firm has preserved some of the country’s most valuable possessions since the 17th century.
  • One for the books: A Munich-based publisher celebrates a new chapter.
  • Hirokazu Kore-eda: The Japanese film-maker extols the virtues of good storytelling and the beauty of a world with compassion.
  • Culture Cuts: From page-turners that will keep you hooked to the reissue of a French electro classic, we survey the season’s cultural highlights.
  • Born again: A modernist home in the Sydney suburbs has been carefully rethought and given new purpose. We take an exclusive tour.
  • Object lessons: How one US school is helping young artisans to find their niche.
  • Style directory: Ollie Adegboye /Monocle’s top 25 looks for stepping into the new season.
  • Second act: The label’s modern, understated aesthetic has won it fans across the globe – and now it’s bringing it to the UK.
  • Building brands: Three industry leaders reveal what they expect from modern luxury this year.
  • At your service: How well-designed workwear can set the right tone.
  • Menswear: There's never been a better time to sharpen up. Get a flair for subtle spring looks with the season's best combinations.

Inventory & Expo: Where to go, buy and eat

  • Western Cape: We chart a course along South Africa’s Atlantic coast, taking in vineyards, family farms and seaside restaurants on a three-day roadtrip.
  • Taipei personality: A few essential stops in one of the Taiwanese capital’s oldest, most atmospheric corners.
  • Food & drink: From a new take on the Milanese trattoria to a sustainable London wine club, here’s a look at what has tickled our taste buds this month.
  • Explora cruises: We ride the waves with Geneva-based company MSC, which has reimagined cruise travel with the launch of a new luxury vessel.
  • Travel: The shops and hotels that have caught our attention, from Swedish hospitality in the Balearics to a florist urging Athenians to stop and smell the roses.
  • Expo: We celebrate restaurants that have nourished diners across generations.