monocle's new edition, already its 97th, is once again brimming with curated information for discerning urban dwellers, globetrotters, and anyone with a broad scope on life. the october issue presents a fashion special, full of news and advice for dapper grooming, and extends the theme into the business of fashion, offering sartorial and investment tips from the retail sector. the magazine's annual retail survey presents 20 examples of retail excellence, regeneration and entrepreneurial skill. in his observation, editor in chief tyler brûlé describes the confusion he felt when walking down a deserted shopping street in a major european city. while musing on the reasons why footfall was so scant he concludes that simple elements such as a lack of available shade and canopies above shop fronts could be the problem.
the issue cites examples of successful retail strategies in cities as far flung as portland, buenos aires and tokyo. on the brink of frieze art fair in london and the autumn season of intense art marketing, monocle turns its attention to the business of art. gallerist james danziger explains how to buy photographs: 'beware the icons. there’s a tendency to want to buy the best-known images but you will end up with a cookie-cutter collection.' meanwhile, patrizia sandretto offers advice on how to start a collection: 'don’t just purchase a decoration and never buy a name; buy a work.' artist jeff koons converses with his art dealer almine rech about their symbiotic relationship and deep friendship. the magazine also presents a progress report on 14 impressive mayors of cities around the planet, a profile of the dutch [and on why they're so incredibly tall] and various views on u.s. media as november’s presidential election approaches.