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The idea of starting a (non-digital) magazine in this day and age seems downright insane. And yet, for those keeping score at the newsstand, dozens upon dozens of them have sprung up in the past few years. (Turns out a clever idea paired with a minimalist, bold font and heavy paper-stock can go a long way on Kickstarter.) Here, a magazine, journal, and quarterly for every urban surfer, font-lover, and cat lady.


The magazine is devoted to sport, and each issue takes a theme—the latest being water. There’s an archival photo of Jacques Cousteau, a profile of pro surfer Derek Hynd, and black-and-white underwater shots by photographer and free diver Kanoa Zimmerman. Quarterly; $5.

A fashion magazine for fashion people. The second issue has an interview with the elusive Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo and advertisers like Prada, Chanel, and Dior. Its debut cover had the first in-depth interview with Nicolas Ghesquière after he exited Balenciaga. Founders Alexia Niedzielski and Elizabeth von Guttman (of Industrie and Ever Manifesto) operate a creative studio in Paris, which provided early funds, and run the magazine with fashion-mag professionals Jonathan Wingfield (Numéro) and Thomas Lenthal (Paradis). Biannual; $18.

Founding editor Rawan Hadid was born in the United States to Palestinian parents, grew up in Qatar, and then went to school in Montreal and New York. So it’s not too surprising that [wherever], which launched this year in Manhattan (where Hadid is now based), is a (loosely speaking) travel magazine more about an ambiguous idea of place and movement than it is about what to do or where to stay. Three times a year; $15.

Cherry Bombe
This New York–based magazine devoted to women, food, and fashion was founded by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, who have long résumés in food, fashion, and PR. Their second issue, fresh off the presses and now with Madewell as the sponsor (they used Kickstarter the first time), features interviews with and profiles of women as varied as Jessica Seinfeld and Alice Waters. Biannual; $18.

Gratuitous Type
Typographers need their own magazine, too. “GT is a pamphlet of typographic smut,” reads the title page. In its third issue, devoted to color, creator Elana Schlenker, a graphic designer based in Greenpoint, gives a six-page centerfold to a set of rainbow-hued numbers by French designer Marine Duroselle. Annual; $18.

In 2012, former book editor George Quraishi and former GQ editor Mark Kirby, who were part of the same soccer league, launched Howler, a magazine exclusively about the game, with writing by such soccer fans as Robert Andrew Powell, Reif Larsen, and Aleksandar Hemon. Quarterly; $15.

Over in Bristol, England, Rosa Park and Rich Stapleton have made a sleek, minimalist journal loosely centered on food and travel, which their mission statement describes as “the significant elements of a good life.” The couple first bonded over their love of photography; hence the striking portfolios of grains and rice by Jonathan Gregson and Stephen Lenthall. Quarterly; $13.

A literary-minded journal about food and cooking. The summer issue, which was movie-themed, features a recipe for Eton mess, in homage to Tilda Swinton’s tangled love affair in Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love. Biannual; $19.99.

Hello Mr.
“For men who date men”; launched earlier this year by 26-year-old Ryan Fitzgibbon, with $26,000 from a Kickstarter campaign and his own savings. Fitzgibbon felt that there wasn’t a magazine out there that directly spoke to the type of twentysomething gay man he identified with; Hello Mr. is neither overtly sexual or particularly political. Biannual; $20.

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