Don’t forget us…

This is from our new title Wrap, which focuses on graphic design for wrapping papers
This is from our new title Wrap, which focuses on graphic design for wrapping papers

We just wanted to drop you all a note to say that we’re sorry we didn’t get a long and super-cool post up last week, but we have two in work, and will be posting them both soon. In the meantime, we’ve had some library programs and helped a lot of students get going on their final research projects.

One post will focus on new titles in the PERS department. This time our focus will be childrenswear and illustration. I’m highlighting some store catalogs as well, because they are another great source for childrenswear inspiration.

The other post that’s nearly finished is Pt. 2 in our ‘Word-Worthy Women’ series. We’ll be talking about a wide array of cool women from all over the world who are creating fashion right now.

Ituen Basi, one of the designers we’ll be talking about in our next ‘Word-Worthy Women’ post
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Magazine of the Week

Welcome back, everyone!

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This week’s magazine is Monocle.

This title has a savvy info pitch about themselves which tops most of what I can say. Also, like many of the newer magazines, the editors use their taste level to sell what they display. They define Monocle, after all, as a “media brand, with its print, audio, and online elements. Not to mention our expanding retail network and online business.”

This is a quirky title. It is a lifestyle magazine. It is lovingly and inclusively pointed away from the US and western Europe. It addresses global business and markets,  politics, art, dining and travel, entertainment, clothing. Everything a person of the world might need to be educated, polished, and cosmopolitan. Imagine Dwell+The Economist+Playboy (in its heyday, but without the sexism or eurocentrism) + Men’s Non No + a Ralph Lauren catalog all published in an elegant fine-print mish-mash of information. And the editorial is all advertising as well.

Monocle was designed by Tyler Brule, the man who founded Wallpaper, and launched in February 2007.  As the internet grew, so did the Monocle website. The title’s home base is London, but it has reporting bureaus and shops in New York, Tokyo, Toronto, Hong Kong, Zurich, Singapore, and Istanbul.

Master of the “advertorial”, the whole thing reads like an ad for high-end products that promote “fine living”. Pens, watches, shoes, and men’s bags are just some of the items that get the research-plus-merchandising spin. Gradually, the title has set up brick-and-mortar shops to sell the products it recommends along with it’s worldly image.

Being savvy with new media, it has used its website to put more image-conscious data out in the world. The radio station was begun in 2011 and the film archive a bit later. The publishers have generated several successful “lifestyle” books. The success of the first one, “The Monocle Guide to Better Living”, encouraged the publication of two more: “The Monocle Guide to Good Business”, and “The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes”, as well as a series of travel guides.

The online “radio” station:

The online film archive:

The National Review review of Monocle

Another article about Monocle as an overall brand


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Magazine of the Week

Hi, everyone!

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Spring and love in bloom! If you or a friend got engaged over the Christmas break, of over Valentine’s Day, then you are probably daydreaming about wedding gowns in between your deadlines.

Denise and I recommend Vogue Sposa to you as a starting place for your research. Vogue Sposa is a piece of the mighty Conde’ Nast publishing empire. The first issue was published in 1982, and it has come out regularly since.

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Denise and I love the bridal magazines. Not the American ones, but the foreign ones. The Italian flair shown in this title is perfect for the bridal industry, or, in our case, inspiration for pretty princess dresses.



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The thing we love about this title is that the dresses all seem so much more sophisticated than those in the American bridal magazines. The gowns are more inventive, with more draping interest and unusual details. They so clearly are made of better materials  (Look at all the silk!  Look at the quality of that lace!) than their American counterparts. As Denise points out, the American bridal magazines seem to show a lot of mass-produced gowns and tuxes. The gowns in Vogue Sposa look like they are made by hand with love.

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Their media kit is here:

If you are looking for either inspiration or a wedding dress, we have other bridal magazines as well:

We have a ton of books on bridalwear, wedding gowns, and other special occasion clothes. A search in StyleCat will direct you:


Have fun!

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