If you’d like to be a more well-rounded person with a truly global outlook on life, start reading this magazine. We put Monocle at the very top of our list because it consistently delivers intelligent content, great fashion and retail coverage, and insightful city survey’s each month. The look and feel of the magazine is superb, with an old-school paper quality and heft. The man in charge of the magazine, Tyler Brule, also founded Wallpaper and contributes to the Financial Time’s “How to Spend It” weekly insert.  His point of view, style and choice of reportage is unmatched.

Monocle’s recent collaboration with Bloomberg television came out well enough, but the style could have been better and felt a bit forced. It was as if they were trying to capture the magic of Charlie Rose with a style and opening montage that quickly got annoying. Once you got past the format, the content was top-notch.

Head to your local bookstore and check out issue No. 43, May 2011 featuring: an extensive look at what Japan can do to help it’s recovery, an in-depth city survey on Barcelona, retail surveys, fashion coverage of brands you haven’t heard of, but should know and much more.  It’s a magazine for anyone looking to learn something new across a broad range of topics, written in a straight-up, matter of fact tone men can appreciate. If you dog tag about 1/4 of the pages in a magazine, you know it’s really good.

Category: Magazines, Reviews.

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