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Aug 20, 2015

take a break | five magazines to know now.

Magazines are often a pass-time, a quick read at your lunch break,  or simply accessed through a yearly subscription that gets skimmed from time to time. For me, magazines preceded – and caused – my interest in fashion and media. Reading has always been a passion of mine, but with magazines came a love for multimedia. In particular, the intersection of words, photography and design. When it comes to fashion magazines, I stuck to the basics for a long time. By 'basics', I also mean the greats of the magazine world, the magazines which are well reputed and have been around for decades. Namely, Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan. But last year, I decided to take a break from these ones in particular; at the very least, I wanted to see what else was out there. What I discovered were an abundance of alternative and indie fashion magazines, unique in execution and aesthetic. While all of them were worth a read, I've curated my five favorites. 

Lone Wolf Magazine
In what was my introduction to 'alternative' and indie magazines, I purchased a copy of Lone Wolf Magazine last summer in London. The bold cover and the name itself were particularly intriguing, and it appeared to be a guide to fashion world outside of its usual realm. The minute I began reading, I was hooked. Their intellectual, and somewhat emotional, approach to fashion and art tears apart layers of superficiality we've become so accustomed to. A spotlight on art history is seen in every issue, tying it to modern trends and the millennial outlook to life. For example, the latest issue focuses on philosophy and the history of muses – something which is both historically and economically relevant. For people out there who, like me,  like to see the overlap of fashion and other parts of society, Lone Wolf Magazine is an extreme high-quality, engaging read. Buy a copy here.
Kinfolk Magazine
I picked my first Kinfolk issue more out of curiosity than anything else. It has the reputation as being a blogger favorite, which I thought was attributed to its Instagram-worthy aesthetic. But as a quarterly, ad-free magazine, Kinfolk has gained significant recognition in the past few years. Its focus on 'slow lifestyle' is solidified in their minimalist approach to design and editorials. The magazine places a strong emphasis on cultivating community, an underlying theme seen in many issues. The latest edition is titled the Essentials Issue, with features on everything we consider essential in life. Some article provoke personal reevaluation (how important is conversing with friends? How can we simplify our lives?). Others provide exclusive recipes, give us an inside look into small neighborhoods across the world, and more. View the stocklists here.

Darling Magazine precept-of-sorts is 'the art of being a woman', which makes a presence for itself in every issue. Promoting a healthy body image is one of their many goals, and is evident in editorials and the photography used. I've loved reading their online pieces – one of which includes a chart outlining why Darling Magazine is different from the usual. You can purchase a copy here.

While it isn't fashion or design based, The Common deserves a name on this list simply as an amazing curation of literary offerings. The American nonprofit magazine was born in Amherst, Massachusetts and is supported by Amherst College (which I had the pleasure of visiting this summer). The Common's latest issue had a theme which was especially appealing to me – Mumbai, India. With pieces written by some of my favorite authors, such as Suketu Mehta, the magazine is an ideal for those who love to read. Its purpose is to create a collective sense of ourselves and to forge a community through the literature and art featured. Every contribution builds the idea of a 'modern sense of place', the magazine's main statement. You can buy a copy here.

A multimedia magazine which is redefining the idea of travel, Suitcase Magazine has become a fast authority on travel. The online and print editions are equally heavy in incredible content; notably, the magazine puts a spin on the usual city guides, with suggestions ranging from the unknown to the must-see for countries and cities around the world. Insider knowledge is a perk, with dozens of locals contributing to every issue for their respective homes. Beautiful photography and some great fashion features (which I've previously written about) are additions benefits to picking up any issue. You can do so here.

Have you read any of these magazines or have alternate suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!

- M 
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