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In the past 10 years we had the pleasure to get to know a lot of the amazing people behind the magazines and publications we try to gather in our store for you, we have seen countless covers on our shelves and browsed myriads of pages. In News & Novelties we want to share some of our latest finds and conversations. Find inspiration in our reviews, enjoy some interviews with amazing people and get to know about our latest activities in Berlin and around the globe.

Interview with Kai von Rabenau - mono.kultur

Interview with Kai von Rabenau – mono.kultur

The small independent fan-zine (DIN A5) from Berlin, with an even smaller lettering (8.5 pt), has been delighting its loyal readers for over 13 years. While some conduct an interview, mono.kultur takes the art of dialogue to the extreme with its extended question-answer game. The idea behind is simple: one issue, one artist, one interview. Right on time for the latest issue with fashion designer Iris van Herpen we met Kai von Rabenau, the driving force behind mono.kultur, to talk about the subtle art of an interview. In order to not be embarrassed in front of the master of vis-à-vis, we asked our questions à la carte. So from now on the rule is: one card, one question - following the motto ‘Play it as it lays’. More
Camp - Notes on Fashion - Andrew Bolton

Camp

Notes on Fashion - Andrew Bolton
Some are describing it as "You get the idea, or you don't. And don't even dream of asking why." (Christopher Isherwood) Others don't even bother trying to find the right words for it, but enact what camp might be. Both, theory and practice, are now gathered together in an opulent catalogue 'Camp. Notes on Fashion' published by Yale University Press. And yes, this book is indeed rose and turquoise. But honestly, how should it be otherwise - approaching fashionable notions of camp and supported by no one less than Gucci? Becoming popular at a moment of social, political and economic instability, to be camp was certainly the move of rebellion at the time. A time when popular culture was reaching out from its shadowy subculture spheres to the Olympus of Art - much to the horror of the establishment. More than half a century later The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's latest stroke of genius, the spring 2019 exhibition 'Camp. Notes on Fashion' curated by Andrew Bolton designed a lavish and not-less extravagant catalogue. Tracing the history of camp, its spectacular forms, the 250 objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present are not left on their own. As aesthetic grammar to decline the multifold notions of camp's exuberant stylistics serves Susan Sontag's probably most controversial seminal essay 'Notes on Camp' which she wrote shortly after leaving the sacred tin foil halls of Andy Warhol's Factory on East 87th Street in 1964. This two-folded booklet will escort you into a world of haute couture's most extravagant side, showing the exceptional work of fashion designers as Thom Browne, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Alessandro Michele, Franco Moschino, Yves Saint Laurent, Jeremy Scott, Anna Sui, Gianni Versace, and Vivienne Westwood on the one side whereas on the other side you'll find an extraordinary illuminating theoretical examination of camp in different times and different verve. Buy
Wallet #4 2019

Wallet #4

Shamans of Space
Where do you go to my lovely? - quite a justified question to ask since for quite some time now fashion has set out to venture in unknown spatiotemporal realms to be produced, mediated, experienced and consumed. After the haute couture has left its origins, outpaced the classical era of studios, ateliers and runways it vastly conquers new, hybrid territories, captures simultaneous platforms under ever-changing conditions. Help in due time brings the Norwegian fashion magazine Wallet, having in mind to look out for contemporary critical approaches towards fashion's expansive practices and meanings alike. While Wallet not only appears as a promising map - guiding you through questions as: leaving the physical behind - how far can you go? And, how virtual has fashion to be(come)? - it certainly functions as suitable Ariadne's thread to keep the orientation within the fashion industry labyrinth. In its fourth and latest issue, Shamans of Space, Wallet follows the traces where contemporary fashion was, is and will be performed. While in part 1 "Fashion Spaces in Practice & Theory" the British fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner, Australian fashion researcher Matthew Linde and Italian architect Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli are giving insights about their daily work, how they experience the on-going shift through fashion's economy as well as sharing their expectations and hopes for a fashionable future part 2, "Where does Fashion happen" stays visual showing various spaces where and how fashion emerge in sometimes unexpected places - at times beyond the obvious. And, as we all know the journey is the reward, Wallet is the perfect guide to get hold of where your lovely goes - as it is readable every and anywhere - for instance from the comfort of your couch. Buy
Hot Potato #1 2018

Hot Potato #1 2018

If you wonder what fashion and news have in common, the answer is probably that by the blink of an eye they both belong to the past. And that would be about it. Unless Naoise Farrell, the founder and editor of Hot Magazine, proves us better. Drawing from her personal work experience in fashion industry she bridges the gap by enlightening current political topics through the lens of a fashion magazine. Presented in the idiomatic newspaper format Hot Potato Magazine comes - "twice a year or so" - with political issues which matter while playing with the full sized printed surface without being in the least superficial. Whether discussing the never ending story of the Brexit in a "bite sized chlorine washed chicken nuggets" way in the continuing section ‚Brexplained’, observing the devious deals behind Gun Control or asking Climatologist Dr. Gavin Smith, an expert among Climate Modellers if it would be for the best for humankind to move to the Mars regarding the current environmental state of our planet, it is both: more than a fashion magazine content-wise and more than a newspaper form-wise. This fashionable treasure looks good on everyone or - as Naoise says - „Intelligence is your best accessory.“ Buy
c-heads #35 2018

c-heads #35 2018

C-heads Volume #35 is out and in the stocks. This issue is themed around places, ‘the magical places, the ones we come from, the ones we have been to, the ones we dream of and the ones still ahead of us.’ Essentially adorned with female model photography, there’s an exception of rare photos of the Rolling Stones and others of the city of Hong Kong on the display. Also featured are talks with a host of creatives including Terry O’Neill, Swantje Paulina Wördemann, Maggie Lindemann, Leah Green, Motoko Watanabe, Sam Livm and with Darren Ankenman and Berlin girls Melina & Leni. Buy
032c #34 2018

032c #34 2018

032c, the summer issue is out now. Themed around a Big Flat Now moment, this 34th issue invites loosening up all ties with the past and future, and string along with the streams of decentralized information running through media without hierarchy. A tremendous overflow with no clear perspective, “no yesterday and no tomorrow” at its core. This issue’s dossier presents twelve entries about this seemingly infinite ground featuring encounters with rapper Travis Scott, Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, WorldWideWitch community creator Johannes Paul Raether, artist Luchita Hurtado, collector Kenny Schachter, photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, and as usual, a spectacle of splendid photoshoot series. Buy
Men of Style

Men of Style

Men of style harbours a scrupulously assembled catalogue of outstanding men with outstanding style. Those whose eccentric and/or elegant attire convinced and inspired others to follow suit. Consider these: Gianni Agnelli, Fred Astaire, Chet Baker, Truman Capote, Winston Churchill, Miles Davis, Serge Gainsbourg, David Hockney, Jack Kerouac, Keith Richards, Andy Warhol, Oscar Wilde or Mark Twain. They all come from different walks of life, but they definitely shared an acute regard to form, colour, texture and composition. They had a penchant for playfulness with detail and derived pleasure from the liberty of radically shifting their clothing habits. More about why and how they did it is nicely displayed in Josh Sims’s exquisite Men of Style. Buy