There’s still nothing like picking up the latest issue of your favorite magazine at your local newsstand. You get a sense of discovery that you can’t get from clicking and scrolling through your daily laps around the internet. There’s a craft part of it, too—the paper, the smell and knowing that everything has to be considered before it goes to print. Yes, there are some publications that work much better digitally, but over the last few years, there’s been a resurgence of publications (mainly independent) that’ve been paving the way for the future of print. Above, are three of them that I can’t get enough of.
The first of the bunch is Japan’s Popeye Magazine—a monthly style guide that has been around since the late 70′s. Although not necessarily new, Popeye has recently received a facelift earlier this year with the release of their June issue. And the overhaul comes in perfect time. It brought new energy to the magazine that over the last few years, was beginning to look a little dated next to other Japanese imports such as Huge, 2nd and Cool-Trans. With Takahiro Kinoshita on board as Editor-in-Chief, Popeye is much more buttoned up—mixing vintage, prep, contemporary and technical garments from labels big and small. Right now, they’re doing it better than everyone else. I just wish I could read Japanese.
The second selection is called, The Travel Almanac. It’s brought to us by two Berin-based DJ/producers, Paul Kominek and John Roberts. With the sense of place providing as the foreground of their conversations, the magazine examines the work and nomadic lifestyles of the creatives they feature. Only 3-issues in, what first began as a hobby, has grown into a full-time gig for this creative duo.
The last magazine, Kinfolk, is a publication built around the appreciation of small gatherings. Intermingled between accounts of campfire roasts and shoreline picnics are recipes that you can try out at home for yourself. Yeah, beer pong is fun, I guess—but so are backyard dinners and cured meats, no? It’s hard to describe Kinfolk without sounding pretentious, but in short, this mag is really about keeping it cool and living simple with your friends and family. Ya dig?
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