Forget the Glossies

I mean it, forget them! Appart from a select few like Elle Decoration, I could live without glossy magazines. Who needs to know which celebrity is thinnest really? There is now a new wave of magazines breaking through the hum-drum to talk to you about the genuinely inspiring goings on of the world. And they're all mat!

These are zines where design, lifestyle and intrepid journalism unite. Articles are unexpected and quirky, seeking to find the best in the world, celebrating unusual beauty wherever it hides. But naturally, and you may say superficially, from my designer's point of view I love the move towards gorgeous mat paper - and the care and finess poured into designing these magazines. You will want to keep them forever and that's how they do justice to the journalism they contain. Hell I might even frame one.

Here's the lowdown on my personal favourites, and remember there's always STYLIST for your weekly fix...


Kinfolk is a slow lifestyle magazine that explores ways for readers to simplify their lives, cultivate community and spend more time with their friends and family.


Magazines for the creative and curious, to spark the imagination and inspire creativity. A playful exploration of creativity, an affinity for vintage ephemera, and a love of typography are some elements you'll find.


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. These qualities are also at the heart of its website, a virtual place where real women, real events and real things are enjoyed.


A bi-annual magazine about travel and style. Exclusive stories, features, film, playlists and online travel guides.