In this fast-paced, look-at-me, fifteen-seconds-of-fame-on-Instagram culture, we are once again proud to give you something lasting and meaningful. With our fifth volume we invite you to slow down. How about holding a printed book in your hands? If you need some recommendations, Rick Owens has put together a list of his current favorites for us. We also photographed his home library in Paris. I was granted an extremely rare privilege to travel to Germany to explore the world of Gerhard Steidl, the preeminent independent book publisher who works with the best artists in the world. It resulted in the biggest article I have ever written.
Or maybe you would like to read about some fashion designers that don’t care for changing trends or a day in the spotlight? We have profiles of Thom Browne, Yang Li, and Nico Uytterhaegen for you.
If photography is your pleasure, our arts editor, Matin Momen, has profiled an obscure Japanese artist Katsu Naito, who took photos of transvestite prostitutes in New York’s meatpacking district before it became a tourist attraction. He also wrote an article on the mind-blowing work of Nicholas Alan Cope and Dustin Edward Arnold, one of whose images graces our cover.
I think our editorial photography will speak for itself. I just want to mention a special place that the editorial by Erik Madigan Heck of Ann Demeulemeester’s menswear shot several years ago holds in my heart. You are seeing it in print for the first time, and it is even more poignant in light of her recent departure from her namesake label. Which brings me back to my original point – this is a magazine that we want you to keep and refer back to.