Introducing Issue 11 of Highsnobiety Magazine. This issue is an examination of longevity and the increasingly difficult feat of achieving it in a world that has become fixated on the “now.”
Over the past 10 years we’ve seen countless brands come and go, designers rise and fall, and trends change seemingly with the weather. Yet, through it all, there are certain select players who’ve managed to endure. Some of them blossomed in the post-blog era, but many of the individuals we’ve chosen to present in this issue were already household names in a time before the web, and have stayed true to their vision through those years.
With a whopping eight different cover stories we’re highlighting a range of key creators from across various disciplines that align with our culture. The iconic works of artists Futura and Takashi Murakami have been mainstays of our world throughout the last decade, and make up our first two covers. Prolific Japanese designer NIGO, whose work is referenced in countless stories on Highsnobiety.com, fronts our third.
The look and sound of Harlem-based hip-hop collective A$AP Mob has been among the most influential for youth culture in recent years, and their two most prominent members — A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg — each get their own individual cover. Perhaps more low-key than the above, but living legends and important creators nonetheless, Academy Award-winning producer Giorgio Moroder and skater-cum-graffiti-artist Mark “The Gonz” Gonzales make up covers six and seven.
Finally, we created a limited KITH exclusive cover that coincides with our Highsnobiety 10th anniversary PUMA collaboration and ties to an article exploring how the creator – represented by KITH’s Ronnie Fieg - and the curator – personified by Highsnobiety founder David Fischer – fuel one another, and how this process has evolved since our inception a decade ago.
In addition to all the cover features, this issue explores numerous other stories of continuance, including the journey of OG Stussy Tribe member Alex Turnbull, the 30th anniversary of Jim Philips’s iconic Santa Cruz Screaming Hand, and the history of tailoring through the lens of Patrick Grant’s E. Tautz label. Others, such as fashion designer Nigel Cabourn (who founded his eponymous label 45 years ago!) and editor Andrew Richardson (of his self-created magazine Richardson), talk about their enduring output.
We also produced a series of photo editorials to support this issue’s theme. Fashion-wise we focused on the Fall/Winter 2015 collections from important legacy brands like Lanvin and Stone Island, as well as those of persistent young labels such as Our Legacy, OFF-WHITE and newcomer adidas YEEZY Season 1. Furthermore, photographer trashhand explored abandoned America, showcasing the beautiful decay of forgotten architecture. And there’s much more.
Our global team of editors, photographers, stylists and contributors have put together a fantastic new issue that we hope succinctly captures the theme of longevity and will itself serve as both a reference and as a collectible publication for years to come. Thank you for being a part of our journey. To another 10 years. Enjoy.
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