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

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, and 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.

Men and Style: Essays, Interviews, and Considerations

David Coggins offers perspective on menswear in a new book full of insight and info sourced from 66 notable individuals who know a thing or two about what men wear and why. Leveraging interviews from the likes of Paddle8 co-founder Alexander Gilkes and style icon Nick Wooster, the work reads like a light chat over drinks filled with nostalgic stories of personal experience and advice.

Freemans: Food and Drink * Interiors * Grooming * Style

Tucked away in Manhattan's Lower East Side, Freeman's provides a one-stop-shop for NYC's gentlemen. Capturing the spirit of the franchise, the hardcover work dives into the creative process behind the rustic restaurant, barber, menswear store, and tailor experience. 225 photographs capture the "lumberjack chic" style and inspiration behind Taavo Somer's Freeman's ventures as well as his other conceived spaces rooted in his rural Pennsylvania upbringing.

Sex Magazine: #1-10

Collecting their works from 2012 to 2015, this compilation of Sex magazine #1-10 explores the archive of the independent publication. The publication is with accounts from artists and designers of the post-internet telling tales behind fashion, music, and the downright weird of the time. With a lo-fi aesthetic, Sex magazine embraces the unapologetic, unregulated spirit of the internet it captures.

Barneys New York

In the luxury retailer's debut publication, Barneys New York takes a trip through 93 years of highlighted history. The expansive book packages the campaigns, events, and window displays of the New York fashion staple; complete with commentary from iconic designers and fashion elite including Dreis Van Noten, David Bowie, and Ricardo Tisci.

Crack Issue 69

The 69th issue of CRACK magazine meets with energetic young talents including Chilean-American recording artist Nicolas Jaar and Hedonistic rapper Cakes da Killa. Reflecting on the inspiration of today, the music publication also dives into the era of glam rock and the well-decorated duo Massive Attack. With respect for the OG and an authentic connection with the youth, this issue of CRACK will inspire you to check out the local scene.

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