I grew up with magazines. My mom read her favorite magazines religiously and me and my friends would discuss what we liked about the cover story in the newest Glamour. Some people have a refined palette when it comes to food or wine. I however, have acquired a taste for the beautifully curated and crisp magazine. When I pick up a new magazine, I look at the edges and make sure it’s free of any scratch or dirt marks. No I don’t collect them like a comic book or baseball card. But I nonetheless want them to be in mint condition. It’s part of the experience, you know?
While I love the popular fashion magazines (Glamour, Marie Claire, Vogue, etc.) I have a special obsession for the not your average magazine. What do I mean by that? Well, they’re magazines that usually don’t come out every month and are thus more carefully curated, sometimes with a special theme in mind. I’m subscribed to Porter Magazine that comes out six times a year. It’s fashion centric as it’s by Net-A-Porter but it also features lifestyle, beauty and culture subjects. It’s a luxurious magazine and features unique editorials and stories. I love browsing through it, reading the articles and getting inspired by it’s photography.
A more recent discovery is Cereal. Coolest name ever. It’s a bi-annual magazine that focuses on travel and style and it is seriously a work of art. I came across it at a magazine store in Melbourne – yes, I was in heaven – and could not leave the store without it. It features different cities and the people, fashion, beauty and architecture in it. They even make ashtrays look like piece of art and the few ads in the magazine look like they’re part of the editorial master plan.
There are many more print issues that are not your average magazine. I love Darling Magazine and still need to check out Cherry Bombe, Kinfolk and Trouvé Magazine. I care about magazines because like a book, I want to experience the stories that the author – or in this case, the writer/editor – is trying to tell.
Magazines that feature the not your average editorial photography, mixed with poems and thought provoking articles. They’re more than visually appealing. They stimulate my mind and further my own creativity. Are you as in love with magazines as I am? Which ones do you like reading?
PS: How cute is Daisy, sleeping in the background? I had to throw that one in.