After a busy week of staring at different computer and cellphone screens, it’s nice to kick back and enjoy some printed matter. This week brought us everything from Stone Island (this book is G.O.A.T) to botanical cocktail guides. Here’s to unwinding.

Record Culture Magazine Issue 01

This unique indie imprint explores “the culture of niche music” with in-depth interviews couples with quirky studio visits. Look for cameos from Tom Noble Philippe Zdar, Kindness and more. If you’re constantly complaining that “I knew this band before they were cool,” this magazine may just be fore you.

Digital Design Theory

As much as we champion pop culture, we love geeking out over weird ephemera, design reference books and likes. This week brought us Digital Design Theory, Readings From The Field, an examination of the computer’s lasting impact on the field of design.

Printed Pages Spring/Summer 2016

Printed Pages aka “It’s Nice That” magazine is a longtime favorite here at the Highsnobiety HQ. The characters from the British internet short “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” stole the cover, as photographed by Neil Bedford. Scruff up on your graphic design and fine art knowledge from around the world — It’s Nice That is one of the best to do it.


Jean Paul Gaultier “Le Male” Fragrance Book

In celebration of its new Summer Edition fragrances, Jean Paul Gaultier sent us this playful popup book featuring the characters from famed American cartoon Popeye. The clever illustrated book breaks down the new fragrances by note while injecting classic Popeye iconography. The pictures really do all of the talking here.

Stone Island: Archive ‘982 – ‘012

This is an absolute must have for anyone that claims to be a Stone Island fan. This huge (probably too big for your coffee table) volume documents the label’s most iconic outerwear from 1982 – 2012 — surprisingly, not much changed. Each page breaks down particular wash technique and technology that went into the fabrication. Time to geek out.


Garrett Leight Optical’s latest offering reaches out to the East coast with NYC staples, featuring a conversation with the Flatbush Zombies and a trip through Chinatown. Also including photo editorial through Morocco, Australia, and Norway, the large-print magazine is sure to invite color to your Sunday.

Electrify Issue 01

The inaugural issue of Electrify Magazine will make you dismiss all wishes for a “lazy Sunday”. Between the glossy pages you will explore the Mekong River in Laos, encounter a solar-powered lodge in Jordan, and sample some of LA’s newest tastes. Tying beautiful visuals with firsthand accounts, you might find yourself booking a flight before dinner.

Duke Ellington: An American Composer and Icon

A defining artist of the Jazz Age, Duke Ellington is recognized for his ability to elevate the perception of jazz to an artistic level comparable to classical music. In this book, Ellington’s career is illustrated by images collected from personal collections and family archives as his story is told by peers like Quincy Jones and Tony Bennett. Delving deeper into the man behind the piano, this book is sure to provide new perspective on the charismatic composer.

The Drunken Botanist

If you’ve ever had an undying desire to distill Pink Peppercorn and Sarsaparilla into your boozy concoctions, this handbook is for you. The Drunken Botanist breaks down the art of creating fancy cocktails with obscure ingredients, namely botanicals.

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Thomas Welch is the Image Director of Highsnobiety's New York Office.

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