This unexpected domestic encampment has taken all of us by shock, and the new lockdown regime has taken some adjusting to. Here at Timothy Everest, we have been putting our heads together to find ways to make the time pass a little easier.
Let’s be honest; despite our best intentions, we are not going to finally write that great novel, or even get around to painting the spare room. But what we can do is put our feet up for a little bit and have a read.
We have compiled a short list of some of our favourite periodicals to provide a little respite during these trying times.
WM BROWN MAGAZINE
Editor Matt Hranek is currently working on the fifth instalment of his veritable Boy’s Own Adventure of a seasonal journal. Each issue is chock full of beautifully shot and breezy peons to drinking, eating, wearing, hunting, fishing and all the good stuff that makes life worth living. During his time as a photojournalist for Esquire et al he built up an enviable circle of friends, culinary skills and a mean collection of clothes and watches, all of which he employs here in a jubilant and infectious manner.
Issues 1-4 are all available to order online
Flicking through French men’s style magazine L’Etiquette can remind one of the glory days of Japanese monthly bible Free & Easy – a sartorial feast for the eyes, but with the captions and context sadly lost due to the reader’s limited grasp of other languages. Now, with a little more time on our hands, we can consult Google Translate and catch up with what the francophones have known all long: this is simply the best Men’s Magazine in the world. While others might feature aspirational longing and luxury salivating, L’Etiquette keeps it simple and down to earth, grounded in the practical and the chic. Photo shoots feature old worn clothing, and the high brow and the low brow mingle in an eminently useable manner.
WHAT MEN WEAR AND WHY
A slim, concise volume produced by the people at Fantastic Man that offers fifty Q&As “investigating male dressing habits”. Shorn of distracting imagery, the collection is insightful, witty, erudite and often quite moving in its honesty. Designers like Paul Smith & Nicholas Daley, artists Grayson Perry & John Booth and writers Will Self & Jonathan Ames are among the chaps giving us the lowdown on why they get dressed the way they do.
A genuine curio that only The British Isles could produce where the seemingly disparate ley lines of rambling, archeology, mysticism and outdoor clobber collide in a “hikerdelic” kaleidoscope. Odes to Neolithic stone circles, Morris dancing, medieval graffiti and flat roof pubs are some of delights to behold in this A5 fanzine that somehow manages to combine Julian Cope’s The Modern Antiquarian with the wit and irreverence of the Oi Polloi catalogue.
Both issues plus the photo zine Magic Circle are available here
A sister publication to WM Brown, Yolanda Edwards’ biannual diary celebrates the pure joy of travel. The ex-editor of Condé Nast Traveller serves up hazy photography, poetic odes to faraway places and relaxed contemplations on what it means to be away from home. “The There Is Here” Ms Edwards used to tell her daughter when she complained “Are we there yet?”. Something to remember in these housebound times.