August 30 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

Radio Free Monocle


“It’s midnight in Auckland, 18:00 hours in Bangkok, midday in London, and 07:00 hours in Washington. You’re with Monocle 24,” began The Briefing, one of the programs on Monocle‘s new, online radio station, which launched from the globe-trotting, tastemaking magazine’s London HQ, Midori House.

“There’s so much shouting in the world going on at the moment and everyone is trying to get the message out—tweet it, Facebook it—and I just think it’s much nicer to have a conversation,” said Monocle‘s editor in chief, Tyler Brûle. “I think radio is a very beautiful conversation. It’s intimate and it’s elegant.” He noted that the move to radio is actually as modern as it is retro—the station will be Web-based, stream-able to a digital audience. Shows will be both pre-recorded—like The Globalist, The Urbanist, and The Monocle Weekly—and live. (Brazilian chanteuse Elza Soares is slated to perform.)

The guests at the debut dinner were the well-rounded sort you’d expect from the magazine: CNN anchorman Max Foster, The Gentlewoman‘s Penny Martin, Serpentine Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones, and a few ambassadors in the mix (Norwegian, Finnish, and Swedish). That last may have especially enjoyed the evening’s entertainment, Sweden’s Quiet Nights Orchestra, flown over from Stockholm for the occasion. The band also recorded M24′s jingles.

The Swedish connection may not be accidental. Brûle admitted that his own radio diet consists of the BBC World Service, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and “this very commercial Top 40 Classics Swedish station.”

Photo: Courtesy of Monocle