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While temperatures dropping and leaves already start to fall, we got gifted with a printed never ending summer! After years Mirage Magazine is back with a fifth issue and we could not be more excited!⁠ There is something about the hedonistic lifestyle of the 60s and 70s: The French Riviera, Brigitte Bardot, Gunter Sachs, a seemingly never-ending fun, unfussy, intellectual but easy, moonlight baths, parties, naps in the hammock, artists, musicians, driving a classic car along the coastline, sailing, dancing on the terrace, reading by the pool - and everything in front of a backdrop of modernist architecture and eclectic interiors. ⁠Mirage Magazine, the brain child of Henrik Purienne, mixes nostalgic pictures from this wild era and contemporary photoshoots of beautiful woman with the same easiness into a bohemian futurism of glistening skin.⁠ Btw we still have some of the mirage books Jamais Vu left.⁠⠀ Buy...

Tiny but mighty! The new issue of Wallet is here...

African-American fashion designer Willi Smith, pioneer of streetwear and visionary collaborator, finally gets his due in an exuberant celebration of his life and work.⁠ Before Off-White, before Hood By Air, before Supreme, there was WilliWear. Willi Smith created inclusive and liberating fashion: “I don’t design clothes for the queen, but the people who wave at her as she goes by." ⁠This beautifully-made book, published in conjunction with the first ever exhibition of Willi Smith's work, is definitely one of our favourite new fashion titles from the past weeks and months!⁠ Buy...

Latvia's fashion and art magazine Jezga dedicates its current issue to our closest companion throughout life: our body. Undergoing permanent changes and transformations it can function as a powerful tool or as canvas oscillating between our inner self and the outer world...

It's big, it's beautiful - it can only be Carcy. As always, the new issue is filled cover to cover with stunning photographs that ask us to reconsider our received ideas of beauty, intimacy and eroticism. Not only that. Carcy makes room for up-and-coming artists and designers: those people who will be in charge of tomorrow, and all the new iterations of what is beautiful. We're looking forward to experiencing them.⁠ Buy...

As a backlash to the ‘throw away’ culture of fast fashion, recent years have witnessed the emergence of various public garment mending events in Western countries. This book illuminates the broader implications of garment repair and calls for the dictates of fast fashion to be opposed with practices of caring, inclusivity and stewardship. ...

Hassan Hajjaj's photographs follow the traces of pop culture by being colourful, engaging and commercial, but at the same time they are also subversively critical. He uses the visual language and rhetoric of contemporary consumer culture to address issues of cultural appropriation and identity politics. When you ask the Londoner with African and Arabic roots about his identity, he answers that his life experience is closely intertwined with the crossing of borders. That is why he continues to cross and break all sorts of barriers in his work. He remixes familiar visual elements from different cultures and raises questions of cultural, rather than territorial, belonging. With humor and nonchalance he shatters western stereotypes of exotic and an elsewhere. ⁠ Buy ⁠...

Kenya is a country with a young, fashion-conscious population. However, as the local fashion labels are expensive and unaffordable for most people because the raw materials are imported, they have to resort either to mass-produced, low-quality and yet comparatively expensive garments from countries further east or to the Mitumba trade - imported second-hand clothes from the western world.⁠ Chaumont Zaerpour's "Things People Wear in Kenya" is a photographic study of fashion as it is lived, worn, produced and consumed there. The various fashion economies are interwoven in the book, which is primarily influenced by Kenyan voices - clothing designers and wearers alike, who talk about their perception of clothing.⁠ Moving between high fashion and everyday inventions, the duo records “the way people tinker, find ways to extract a new life out of used things, and the uniqueness of all these cobbled objects.”⁠ Buy...

Since the 16th century, all over the American continents, enslaved Africans have escaped their captors and founded their own communities or merged with indigenous peoples to form new identities. In his new series Cimarron - a Spanish-American term used to describe the fled slaves - Charles Fréger shows photographic portraits of their descendants today. In Brazil, Colombia, the Caribbean islands, Central America and the southern United States, masquerades are still staged today to celebrate and keep alive the history and cultural memory of African slaves and their descendants. Buy...

It is hard to imagine this now from the perspective of a society that continuously shares millions of images to the never-forgetting-world-wide-web, but there was a time when fashion collections would disappear into archives and not be remembered or seen anymore. Monument's aim is to permanently place the work of the Dutch Wave in our collective memory. With their second issue they focus on the work of Keupr/van Bentm and their critical and explorative position regarding the fashion system between the years 1997 and 2001.⁠ Buy...