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.
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.
Plethora Magazine Issue 04
Measuring 70cm x 50cm, Danish publication Plethora challenges the idea of a traditional magazine by presenting in one of the largest physical formats on the market. Each immense issue is limited and hand-numbered, and protected by a handmade archival folder, containing 150 pages around the byline "culture in vivid excess." Issue 04 includes features on large-scale installation artist Olafur Eliasson, techno DJ Jeff Mills, Russian artist El Lissitzky and more.
Sneakers Magazine Issue 32
One of Germany's leading sneaker-dedicated publications is back with its 32nd issue. This time around, the cover is a nod to ASICS' Chameloid pack of sneakers that change colorway from red to green thanks to a characteristic lenticular design. On top of a healthy amount of sneaker porn, the new magazine also includes an interview with our Parisian compadre and director of Sneakerness Paris Francky B, a look at the classic adidas Gazelle, and much more.
FAT Magazine Issue E
Short for "Fashion, Art, Type," FAT is a contemporary look at the crossroads between art, fashion and graphic design. Titled alphabetically rather than numerically, issue E includes a conversation between Emma Kohlmann and Kanye West collaborator Cali Thornhill DeWitt, in addition to a wide array of compelling visuals that meditate on typography, fine art, contemporary art and more, particularly some stirring images from photographer Cass Bird. Published out of Copenhagen, the magazine remains trained on uncovering the stories of many internationally acclaimed creative contributors.
The GAP Document
The GAP Document examines the cultural significance of American fashion label GAP over its near half-century history. Curated by David Hellqvist, the publication features contributions from various areas of the industry, not limited to Tim Blanks, Christopher Raeburn, NEIGHBORHOOD's Shinsuke Takizawa and more.
Clocking in at 136 pages, the book is segmented according to iconic GAP pieces like the twill field jacket from 1992, and the khaki chinos with knee patch from 1995. The rare look at GAP's archive nicely contextualizes the brand's history, thereby giving us a glimpse into the future.
Hunger Magazine Issue 11
Covered by Canadian fashion model Winnie Harlow, Hunger Magazine's latest issue focuses on a cast of female talent that also includes actress Anya Taylor-Joy and musician Dua Lipa. Additional spotlight pieces are included on the recent Aftermath-signee Anderson .Paak and Italian fashion label Miu Miu. On top of a strong array of cover stories, the 460-page volume is packed with other small editorials and interviews. As always, the biannual magazine is directed by photographer and publisher Rankin.