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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...

Since quite a while the fashion industry is facing a groundbreaking paradigm change. If there is a good thing about late capitalism, environmental pollution, shortage of resources, exploitative labour it would be that we, 'the happy consumer and devil producer', are forced to change our mindset radically – and with it our notion of luxury. Luxury nowadays is about time, quality and care. Caring for our planet, the next generations and ourselves. What a new generation of fashion designers has to contribute to change the rules of the fashion industry can be seen in the latest issue of Press & Fold. A fashion magazine which is deeply concerned about alternative fashion forms and narratives. In this issue the author of Dissolving the Ego of Fashion Daniëlle Bruggeman explains why it is so necessarily important to leave the Fashion's Ego behind, a self-maintaining desire machine producing nothing else than shallow promises, the JOIN Collective Clothes project gives a glimpse into their work to make and wear clothes together as well as you can find out how fashion and intellect goes together pretty well these days as magazines like 032c, Vestoj and Purple practicing this for years. Press & Fold is a carefully thought through paper delight, a fashionable beauty which hopefully will sustain for a long, long time. Buy...

Once in a while we come across a new magazine that makes us feel we do not hold one of the first issues but a classic in our hands. Carcy is one of them. Its beautiful large format photographs, the use of font, and lots and lots of white space make it seem timeless. But do not be fooled to associate classic with generic content and old views. Because the lustful fashion magazine Carcy portrays all genders, identities, and sexualities in order to sublimate and widen notions of beauty and sensuality - and by that is undressing societal norms.⁠ Buy...

Pierpaolo Piccioli, the creative mind behind Valentino, decided when A Magazine Curated by asked him to create a whole magazine for them, to dedicate it entirely to Rome - his city of birth, the backdrop of his life, and endless source of inspiration. And so we find the latest issue of A Magazine Curated by filled with debaucherous dresses of feathers, silk, and sequins in tourist filled squares and in front of decaying walls, nuns on cellphones, grand architecture mutilated or adorned with street art, religious icons, and Roman beach life at Punta Borghese.⁠ Buy ...