On Thursday night I went to a party at St Stephens church in Stockbridge. There was a DJ booth at the organ and the altar was filled with magazines and balloons. The pews were filled with creatives from around Edinburgh and beyond, drinking Brewgooder Clean Water Lager and munching on macaroni pies and cinnamon swirls from Twelve Triangles. In place of the priest and the preacher were Rachel and Jamie, creators of Boom Saloon, a new Edinburgh-based monthly editorial magazine (although that word sounds frivolous, I would call it an exhibition in print form, a scrapbook of creativity perhaps).
As one of Boom Saloon’s kickstarter backers (you can watch the amazing Kickstarter campaign video here, produced by Campfire), I received a boom badge, t-shirt, bag, and of course Issue 001 of the magazine. The next day I immediately devoured its content and instantly fell in love. As a fashion communication student, every page inspired a new way of looking at print media, from the unconventional front cover to the juxtaposition of images in double page spreads. The articles are totally engrossing, full of rich ideas from emerging opinionists.
Photo by David N. Anderson
Boom Saloon is:
“A magazine to reshape the creative landscape, championing talent of all forms in a movement for good.”
What does this mean? The magazine covers a huge range of cultural issues from contributors from around the world all from various backgrounds; Boom Saloon does not discriminate.
The launch night was a brilliant spectacle, and full of familiar faces like photographer Ellie Morag and Counterpoint zine editors Sam Bradley and Bethany Thompson. But whats more exciting than any party is the bright future of this enterprise, and I can’t wait to see whats in store. Check it out for yourself here!
Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
Leandra Medine has got to be one of my favourite fashion icons. Her eclectic personal style inspires women young and old to push the boundaries of fashion, experiment with prints, colours, textures and shapes, and encourages them to truly encapsulate the mindset of the man repeller; a woman who gives zero fucks what the opposite sex think of her clothing; she dresses for herself and no one else. Whats more, her journalistic empire has given a refreshing insight into the so-called ‘elite’ fashion industry, bringing an authentic sense of personality to her writing. Together with her team of total girl-bosses, Leandra has built a community of strong, independent fashion-forward thinkers. And thats why I’m dedicating this blog post to Man Repeller, a fashion blog with a difference.
Enjoy reading! And check out last month’s Ode to The Gentlewoman!
Welcome to my new monthly blog series, ‘An Ode to…’ where I will be shamelessly confessing my love as a proud fashion nerd to my favourite publications, whether that be books, magazines, journals, zines, look books, websites, or of course blogs, in an attempt to inform and inspire, but also just because I’m a gushing super-fan of far too many things and they need an outlet.
Firstly I’ve decided to dedicate a post to The Gentlewoman magazine, and more importantly, Penny Martin, its Editor-in-Chief and founder. I first came across this wonderful publication whilst researching for a project during my fashion management course at Robert Gordon University, and after attending the PaisleyMake Design Festival a few weeks ago, I was inspired to delve deep yet again into the world of The Gentlewoman after an incredible talk by Penny Martin herself at Paisley Abbey.
The Gentlewoman began as a female equivalent (or more alternative) to Fantastic Man magazine, a chic bi-annual contemporary mens magazine, in 2009. The idea was to create an intelligent, editorial journal with wit, charm and affection, documenting the stories of brilliant women of purpose and strength: “The Gentlewoman celebrates modern women of style and purpose. Its fabulous biannual magazine offers a fresh and intelligent perspective on fashion that’s focused on personal style – the way women actually look, think and dress. Featuring ambitious journalism and photography of the highest quality, it showcases inspirational women through its distinctive combination of glamour, personality and warmth.”