The Vertical

Published: June 3, 2013 under Publishing

Detail from the cover of The Vertical with Patagonia

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Yvon Chouinard and the company he founded, Patogonia, should be the model for all CEOs and companies. His love of climbing and the outdoors has made him an environmentalist and a responsible business owner that advocates conscious consumption. The life he’s lived has been an adventurous one that’s been documented in his memoir, Let My People Go Surfing and the 2010 film 180 Degrees South.

Patagonia recently collaborated with the team behind Montauk’s The Usual, Yasha Wallin and Emily Anderson to launched a new newsprint edition. The Vertical dives into the world of climbing with inspiring stories from people that have been involved with the company. Athletes, advocates, shop employees and Chouinard himself are interviewed and profiled in The Vertical. Copies are available at NYC Patagonia locations or online in its entirety.

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Boat Magazine

By Tom Ran

Published: May 23, 2013 under Publishing

Past issues of Boat magazine.

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We’re firm believers that when traveling, it’s best to consult with a local to gain the best perspective on any foreign city. A guide book will never reveal the insight and knowledge of a native. Boat, a magazine coming from a design studio in East London by the same name, takes on this concept for its publication. It describes itself as a nomadic biannual that temporarily places itself in different cities in the world. They work with local writers, photographers and artists to tell regional stories that result in insight into the culture and location. They’ve traveled to turbulent cities like Athens, Detroit, and Sarajevo only to discover that there’s vitality and creative energy from within. Their fifth issue is a departure with a visit to Kyoto – a more subdued city than the others before it but just as rich in history. Stories include the secretive world of Geishas told through a feminist, a visit with a ‘Bonsai Businessman,’ traditional Kyoto sushi, an exploration into Zen Buddhism, and others. The issue concludes with a fictional story from Kyoto-born Haruki Murakami. You can order Boat directly from their site. via magCulture

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Collective Quarterly

By Tom Ran

Published: May 16, 2013 under Publishing

Collective Quarterly

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There’s been a proliferation of independent quarterlies and journals in the last couple of years with food themed titles leading the way. The popularity in these titles is driven by people’s interest in the subject and it doesn’t seem to be letting up. But we’re now seeing an emergence of another popular topic taking hold in independent publishing. Makers, crafters, builders; publications that profile the people behind the objects. Titles like Made Quarterly from Australia, Hole & Corner from England, Atlas Quarterly from Brooklyn, and now Collective Quarterly from the U.S.

Collective Quarterly’s distinctive angle is on exploration, not only in discovering the artisans and the way they work but the journey and the land they work from. The publication is founded by three gents from three cities working collectively, from Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, to Middlebourne, West Virginia. The premiere issue will take us to Marfa, Texas, with profiles on Minnesota based Faribault Woolen Mill Company, and Drift Eyewear from Chicago. Contributors include Max Wastler of All Plaid Out, and photographers Kevin Russ and Duncan Wolfe. Collective Quarterly is now accepting pre-orders with a launch date to be announced soon.

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Hole & Corner

By Tom Ran

Published: May 8, 2013 under Publishing

Issue one of Hole & Corner

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We’re excited about Hole & Corner, a new magazine coming out of England that “celebrates craft, beauty, passion and skill.” The bi-annual publication will have a digital counterpart with what appears to be content and e-commerce driven to support craftsmen by exposing their work to a wider audience. Bill Gentle (Backyard Bill) will be contributing but little else is known as who and what will be in the first issue. The big reveal is set for May 23rd or sooner according to their twitter feed. Until then have a look at their facebook, instagram, and pinterest to see the aesthetic and creative direction they are most likely taking.

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mono.kultur - Kim Gordon

By Tom Ran

Published: April 8, 2013 under Publishing

Mono.Kultur #33 with Kim Gordon: Dissonatine

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mono.kultur, the art and culture publication coming out of Berlin has rigid yet flexible guidelines. Each issue features an in depth interview on only one subject, yet the format varies from subject to subject. The people they choose to feature are creative individuals from a variety of disciplines from GZA and Dave Eggers to Tilda Swinton and architecture firm MVRDV. The format will change depending on the personality they select. Take for instance Chris Ware’s issue, where his famed cover designs are considered in the format. The 28 page issue comes with a separate dust cover accompanied with a 12 page foldable insert. The newest issue on Kim Gordan changes things up. It’s 24 pages and includes six cards and a poster of Gordan’s work. Pick up a copy directly at mono.konsum.

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Zoetrope All-Story with Geoff McFetridge

By Tom Ran

Published: April 2, 2013 under Publishing

Zoetrope All-Story Spring 2013 with guest designer Geoff McFetridge

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Though Francis Ford Coppola’s lit magazine Zoetrope All-Story has been around since 1997 it doesn’t receive the attention that other magazines of its caliber gets. All-Story quietly publishes every quarter inviting a stellar lineup of guest editors and designers. A look at their back issues and you will be amazed by its list of contributors. The latest issue is no different, with Geoff McFetridge taking over the reins for design. Its been a long time since McFretridge’s early days as the Art Director of the seminal music / culture mag Grand Royal. A look at the pages will see how far he’s come from the punk rock / haphazard layouts GR was known for. The issue also includes stories from Dan Keane, Cody Klippenstein, Patrick Dacey, and the republication of Daphne du Maurier’s “The Birds” in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Hitchcock’s movie.

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Alya Kazakevich

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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By Tom Ran
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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