The Collective Quarterly Issue 0

By Tom Ran

Published: January 13, 2014 under Publishing

Issue 0 of The Collective Quarterly

Photo: The Collective Quarterly

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Marfa is a strange town. We haven’t encountered any other place quite like it in our travels. It’s a mecca for Donald Judd followers, a refuge for artist seeking isolation with a creative pulse, a destination for travelers looking for the Southwest with an international appeal and comfort. It’s all these things and more. And it’s in the middle of nowhere. A new quarterly dives into the artist, makers and locals that have helped define this town.

Last spring we discovered a magazine called The Collective Quarterly, a publication that focuses on the makers and the environment that surrounds them. They’ve announced their inaugural issue today and they’re going big. Along with the stories and beautiful photography, they’ve attempted to merge the ever challenging commerce and editorial conundrum. You’ll be able to purchase just about anything you see interesting in the pages through your phone. The Collective has also teamed up with Faribault Woolen Mill Co. to create a collection of products that include a blanket, a backpack with Duluth Pack and a wool vest with Fischer Clothing. This is one of the more exciting launches to take place within independent publishing and we’re thrilled to see how it’s looking. Find your copy as well as other good from their shop now. Issue 0 will ship in March.

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Book Market

By Tom Ran

Published: December 9, 2013 under Publishing

Book Market at Karma this weekend.

Photo: Fulton Ryder

Despite the challenges of visiting Richard Prince’s hidden book shop and gallery, Fulton Ryder makes pop-up appearances now and then. Whether in hotels or at Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair, these temporary manifestations give you a glimpse at what Fulton Ryder is all about. This coming weekend they team up with Karma and other equally impressive art book shops for a book market. The lineup includes Harper’s Books, Printed Matter, White Columns, 6 Decades, Hassla, and Primary Information. It all takes place this coming Saturday, December 14, for one day at Karma, 39 Great Jones St, from 11am to 8pm.

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Mast Brothers Chocolate Cookbook

By Tom Ran

Published: October 23, 2013 under Publishing

Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook

Photo: Staff

Mast Brothers Chocolate have grown leaps and bounds since we shot our short film with the brothers back in 2010. Their chocolate factory has boomed into a 40 person operation. It’s a micro business compared to major chocolate manufacturers but an impressive growth nonetheless. It began with only the brothers themselves running the operation from their apartment. It’s a testament to peoples’ affection for their product and the affinity for a good story. Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook is a culmination of stories and recipes photographed by our good friend and photographer Tuukka Koski. The book is out now from Little, Brown and Company.

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Home Is Where You Park It

By Tom Ran

Published: October 7, 2013 under Publishing

Foster Huntington – Home Is Where You Park It

Photo: Foster Huntington

It’s a familiar desire, abandon the comforts of a steady income to explore the world. This is a craving that many of us have but rarely act upon. For photographer, Foster Huntington, he did what most of us only dreamed of, he followed through. With enough self assurance and wanderlust, he purchased a Volkswagon camper and headed west. Along his travels he would run into others that did the same thing. Huntington began documenting these like-minded nomads and published his photographs on his blog, A Restless Transplant. Two years and 80 thousand miles later, he’s setting out to self publish a book with the help from Kickstarter. He launched the campaign two weeks ago with the goal of $45,000. With 37 hours left to go, he’s already exceeded the target by over $10,000. The campaign is still in effect with rewards still up for offer. T-shirts from No Mas and bumper stickers reminiscent of Mad comics and ’70s and ’80s illustrations. Visit Kickstarter to learn more about the project.

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NY Art Book Fair 2013

By Tom Ran

Published: September 16, 2013 under Publishing

New York Art Book Fair 2013

Photo: Printed Matter

If you’ve been following along, New York City during the fall turns into a city swarming with events and festivals. New York Fashion Week, which concluded last week was the first of many. This Friday the New York Art Book Fair organized by Printed Matter returns. It’s the preeminent book fair featuring independent and established publishers in art. That means small zines will be sharing the same stage with big publishers at PS1. Beloved independent art book stores will also be present like Karma, Dashwood Books, and Richard Prince’s Fulton Ryder. It all starts Friday with a preview and performance on Thursday evening from 6-9pm.

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Atlas Quarterly Issue 2

By Tom Ran

Published: August 5, 2013 under Publishing

Atlas Quarterly Issue 2

Photo: Atlas Quarterly

For independent magazines, the second issue can be more challenging than the first. Along with all the concerns that are shared with issue one, budget, distribution, content, etc., an added element comes into play – a deadline. There’s tremendous respect for any independent publisher working to deliver a magazine today.

Atlas Quarterly returns this season. A magazine of craft and curio explores the theme of Voyages in its second issue. Maura Ambrose travels between Savanah, Georgia and Austin, Texas before she discovers her calling with the launch of Folk Fibers. Profiles and interviews with three bag companies including Billykirk, Archival Clothing, and Duluth Packs. A visit to Shop Curated, an exceptional antique shop in rural Edison, Washington. A conversation with James Freeman the founder of Blue Bottle Coffee and much more.

You can order directly from Atlas Quarterly or stop in one of their stockists throughout the world.

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By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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