August 28 2014

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Monocle‘s Secret to Happiness? A Heavenly Dog and a Handmade Shirt


The Monocle Guide to Better LivingMonocle, the savvy lifestyle manual for high-flying gents, is out with its first book. Last night at New York’s NeueHouse, editor in chief Tyler Brûlé toasted the launch of The Monocle Guide to Better Living alongside a dapper crowd of staffers, contributors, and friends. “Talking about the ingredients that make up a quality life is very much a running theme for us,” offered Brûlé, who looked decidedly fresh in his jacket and jeans, despite the fact that this is the tenth city on his whirlwind book tour. Readers can expect to the find the usual “briefings,” as the publication aptly calls them, on global affairs, business, culture, and design. The relentless optimism that has come to define Monocle‘s seven-year existence—well, that’s there, too.

Whimsical yet hard-hitting illustrations sit alongside pages of cities ranked by their education systems and urban design environments. A comprehensive style section dishes on wardrobe essentials and shops around the world with the best customer experience. “But I think style comes through in many different areas,” added Brûlé, who pointed out reviews on retailers, ateliers, and visionary craftsmen in other areas of the yellow linen-bound book.

Readers will particularly enjoy the black-and-white section that lists the keys to happiness, among them, owning “a heavenly dog” and a “handmade shirt.”

The Monocle Guide to Better Living is published by Gestalten. Available at Monocle stores or online for purchase at

Photo: Courtesy of Monocle

Dept. of Culture