Contrary to the official Instagram feed, it’s not all sneaker drops and new collections in the HS office. Quite a bit of printed matter comes through our doors; not all of it involves naked women, either.

Some of the selections are paper imprints from our favorite brands or agencies, others are indie publications that have piqued our interest — all feature distinctive storytelling, even if it isn’t always straightforward. Sometimes we’re drawn to a particularly ardent piece of prose, other times it’s arresting photography or an unusual layout that makes us revisit an already-read page, sometimes it’s a combination of all three.

Every week we’ll be sharing a few of the volumes that have found a permanent home on our office shelves or in the living spaces of our writers and editors.

Karl Hab – 24H Los Angeles

As a follow-up to his Window Seat Please zine, our friend from Paris Karl Hab produced this great hardcover volume of West Coast snaps during a 24-hour visit to the City of Angels. The atmospheric shots include birdseye urban snaps, palm tree silhouettes at dusk, and much more. Rather than page numbers, the 196-page book is organized according to time-of-day, with GPS coordinates to represent the captions of the photos. Snarkitecture’s Daniel Arsham also contributes an introduction to the book.

Crepe City Issue 02

 

The London sneaker convention presents its latest foray into print, feautring contributions fom the likes of sneaker encyclopedia Gary Warnett, writer David Hellqvist, and adidas collaborator Gary Aspden. Long form pieces in the handheld zine include an essay on Nike’s HTM line, an overview of the Converse Weapon, and a detailed look at a number of shoes from the Vans archive.

Sneakers Mag Issue 30


One of Germany’s best sneaker-centric publications, Sneakers sent us their 30th issue recently, which featured a chat with one of Berlin’s most respected sneaker characters, Hikmet Sugoer
speaking on life after Solebox. Digging deeper into Berlin’s landscape, Overkill Women’s Rebecca ‘Kreuzberg’ – as she is known – was also shown love, alongside a shout out to London’s Unisexmode collective, and a photo set from the Le Coq Sportif factory in Paris.

WAD Magazine Issue 68

You might remember WAD from this cover shoot with A$AP Rocky a few years ago. For non-Francophones, no worries, the magazine’s text comes translated as well, but this French title – an acronym for We Are Different – continually excels in fashion content, meaning tons of strong editorials and imagery.

Place Skateboard Culture Issue 56

 

Another German publication in the mix, Place Magazine‘s new issue includes a feature with Jason Dill, in addition to skate outfitter FUTUR. What’s more, a healthy helping of skate porn. Place does a great job of digging past the surface of the scene, and it’s always interesting to see outside the dominant American narrative, to see how skate culture is being lived around the world. Issue 56 is dedicated to the investigation of the Paris skate scene.

EYTYS Delicious

Swedish footwear brand has diversified its portfolio with a super glossy, fashion-dedicated publication that is yet to be fully established, but is showing strong early promise. You can grab it over at LN-CC or Eytys.

Vancouver-born, Berlin-based writer, photographer and editor with a steady hand on the keyboard.

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