Despite the fact that my job revolves around writing online content, and I spend a large portion of my free time online, I’ve always been a big fan of print.
At home, I like to have a few magazines lying around at any given time, ones I can dip in and out of as and when I please. As much as I enjoy getting stuck into a good book, it can often feel like more of a commitment than a magazine. Sure, I could just kill time scrolling through Twitter or reading any of the dozens of online articles saved to my reading list, but it’s just not the same.
Recently, I’ve tried to branch out with the magazines I read. For years, I had a subscription to Esquire, and just stuck to that and a couple of others. As time went on though, I found myself getting increasingly bored. While I’ve got nothing against adverts, titles like Esquire are chock full of them, and usually for things I’m not particularly interested in. I also started to feel like they weren’t offering anything unique – they started to feel annoyingly samey, month on month.
Luckily, we seem to be going through an indie-revolution when it comes to magazines right now – with more choice than ever before. An increasing number of small, independent magazines are taking on the bigger, mainstream titles, and I for one have been won over. Regardless of what you’re into, chances are there’s a magazine for you.
So, here are 4 independent magazines I’ve recently added to my reading list.
Umbrella was my first foray into this new territory, bought after seeing a number of people on Twitter and Instagram talking about it. Released quarterly, Umbrella is ‘inspired by style, cities, design and culture’. This definition is vague enough to leave them able to cover all sorts – from the best and worst of brutalist architecture and British Rail’s graphic identity, to Wetherspoon’s carpets and Michael Portillo’s blazers. And each issue is packed with page after page of fantastic menswear (that you would actually wear – unlike some magazines).
Umbrella Issue 16 is out now – you can get your copy here.
If you suffer from wanderlust and find yourself constantly daydreaming about your next big trip, Suitcase is the magazine for you. Also released quarterly, Suitcase takes you off the beaten track, shining a light on unique and fascinating locations around the world, leaving you feeling fully immersed in the local culture.
Suitcase Vol. 20 is out now – you can get your copy here.
Cereal is one of those magazines that just looks and feels fancy – that’s the best way I can think to describe it. It’s released twice a year, taking a more literary approach to its chosen topics – travel, art, design and style. Each issue focusses on a small number of destinations around the world, featuring stunning photography alongside interviews, stories, city guides and more.
Cereal Vol. 14 is out for preorder now (publish date: 18th September) – you can order your copy here.
You could describe Proper as a men’s lifestyle magazine, but that really doesn’t do it justice. Based up in Manchester, Proper takes a no-nonsense approach to everything they do, from the topics they cover, to their general tone of voice. Reading it feels like you’re chatting with a mate – a mate who just happens to love nice coats and cool trainers.
Proper Issue 23 is out now – you can get your copy here.
What magazines are you reading at the moment? Let me know if you’ve got any recommendations – I’m always looking for new additions to my reading list!