Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Women in Clothes

One of our favourites here is the new book Women in Clothes by Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton and Sheila Heti. A book full of interviews, conversations, examples and items regarding compiled as "an exploration of the questions we ask ourselves while getting dressed every day, with answers from more than 600 women."
In Saturday's Guardian an extract was published which we quote here.

Kiran Desai: 'You look bad if you go to India in western clothes'

The Booker-prize winner talks to Heidi Julavits about saris, giving away jewellery and what's wrong with New York
Kiran Desai … 'I lament having to give up Indian clothing now that I live in the west.'
' Photograph: Samuel Aranda/Getty Images
Kiran Desai: I grew up in India, so you have to learn a whole new way of doing clothes when you move to the west. Fashions don't carry over, so if you fly between places you will inevitably look wrong in the country you're going to. Definitely going to India you look bad if you go in your western clothes. Everyone comments on how awful you look right away. The sky is different, the street is different, the dust is different – only Indian clothes work.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Outpost #5 - a magazine of possibilities

"The Possibility of Warming Our Hearts" 

The Outpost's latest issue was made to make us feel good. This generous gesture was born out of the idea that there's too much darkness in the world right now; so the people from The Outpost decided that it was about time to make an issue that completely focusses on bringing more light into our lives.
The cover starts with ice cream, later on we find Egyptian belly dancers, hugging people, 25 new ways to stay happy while keeping away cynicism, Shakespeare in Zaatari and much more light and happy content!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

interview with Ann Marie Gardner from MODERN FARMER

MODERN FARMER always has a cute animal on the cover. It focusses on farming, food, sustainability. During World Food Day on October 16th, founder and editor Ann Marie Gardner will be in town and speak at the Eat This event. We had some questions for her.

Why did you start the magazine and where are you based? Are you a farmer yourself?
At the time I had the idea for Modern Farmer, I was based near Hudson (I live in Germantown, a smaller town right outside of Hudson, on the Hudson River) - but I was travelling a lot to London and all over the world reporting for Monocle(I was a founding editor there). I'm not a farmer but I'm probably what you'd call a 'Modern Farmer' I care about where my food comes from and want to be a thoughtful consumer, sustainable, energy saving and have a minimum footprint and I really love animals so issues like food waste really get up my nose! I don't see the point of an animal being killed or giving it's life just so we can throw that food away. 

The animals on the covers of Modern Farmer almost look human, they are true cover models. How did you come up with this idea?

They really are cover models aren't they? I love the way they really look at you and have attitude! I always wanted to celebrate the animal - and make them the stars of Modern Farmer! Everyone in the industry of course said no, you will never sell a magazine without a person on the cover. I'm happy to say we've proven them wrong!! 

Which magazines do you read lately and which ones inspired you?

I love I-D, Dezeen, The Gentlewoman, Appartamento and Fool(from Sweden) and Fantastic Man and I love World of Interiors. I just started reading Porter, a great new fashion mag. And I never miss the New Yorker (although I admit, I'm a few issues behind!). Of course I have been and continue to be inspired by Tyler Brule and Monocle. I'm really looking forward to coming to Holland so I can discover new Dutch design magazines. Do you recommend any?

Frame and Mark are good ones, as well as the independent Works That Work from The Hague.
Do you consider Modern Farmer an independent magazine?

Yes, definitely it's an independent magazine because we are not part of a large publisher. We are doing it all on our own. 

What’s the best thing about editing a magazine?

The constant flow of ideas keeps your head sharp and focused. Also, working with a team and creating stories that you can then represent visually. I can't think of a job that could be more fun than this. The creative process, and then what's great about having an online and social media component is you hear from people in real time. You get feedback and have conversations. That's pretty great.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FUKT #13: leader in contemporary drawing

Many magazines make extensive use of illustration in the last few years. Little White Lies, Boneshaker, Hot Rum Cow, The Ride all have more drawings than pictures. There are also a few good magazines that cover the landscape of contemporary illustration: Wrap, Limner, Collection.
But really the best in these titles is the very popular FUKT Magazine from Norway, currently based in Berlin.

It is released just once a year, usually somewhere in September. The magazine covers illustrators and their work, shows many different styles and techniques. It changes it's size with every issue and the just released 13th issue is smaller than the previous issue but counts more than 200 pages.

FUKT #13 2014 Teaser from Ariane Spanier on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

HA WAN PAO #8: the friendly paper

A new title from Hong Kong: HA WAN PAO, The Friendly Paper. Thin, light blue paper and darker blue ink. It's a beautiful and fragile print about craft.

"a paper about people who make beautiful things published in Hong Kong by Anna Gleeson. The name refers to the old name for Wan Chai, the neighbourhood where the project was born."

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dutch edition HARPER'S BAZAAR is a big succes

The Dutch edition of Harper's Bazaar is a big succes. It was launched last week. It was featured in the news, watch the video below for some glimpses of our store.