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inventory magazine

December 8, 2009

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this weekend, i bought a couple of really great publications that i’m excited about. today, some photos from inventory magazine. this is a new mag from ryan willms and team, who were behind h(y)r collective. they describe inventory as “a curation of ideas in product, craft and culture” and i think this is an apt description of what you’ll find at their website and in the mag.

one of my favorite brooklyn artists, wayne pate, did the illustrations in the 2nd image above.  and some of the handsome photography in this issue is from another favorite, ye rin mok.

one thing that i like about inventory is the way it highlights dedicated people doing interesting, quality work. much of the magazine has its roots in men’s fashion, but lifestyle and culture also come into play. the products that are profiled are all well-made, and the people producing these items are thoughtful individuals committed to their craft. there is a great article about yuketen shoes, a small brand of hand sewn shoes, and a profile of daiki suzuki, a japanese designer. i’m not really into fashion per se, but i like the way the magazine honors small brands and the craftspeople behind those brands. these days, i see the value in goods that are not mass-produced by a global company. when i started to prepare for my move, i took a long hard look at all of the stuff in my closets and in my apartment, and i’m slowly trying to scale back. i’m trying to be more mindful of my shopping choices – picking handmade or small brands, and having a few well-made things instead of a slew of poorly-made things that will not last for a year.

make no mistake about it – many of these brands are quite expensive and certainly out of my budget. but as an example, when i understand how a pair of shoes was made by hand, using techniques that have produced quality goods for many, many years, then the investment seems worth it to me. these are shoes i will own forever.

if you are interested in the stories behind these goods, you should pick up a copy of inventory – it’s a real inspiration.
in london, you can find it at albam – they will be getting additional copies soon.

  1. December 8, 2009 7:11 am

    nice one, brian. it made me think of monocle and then i noticed that they sell both publications alongside one another. the monocle shop is a good one to visit. tiny, but right up your street.

  2. December 8, 2009 7:44 am

    Good morning, Brian. Such fun images to wake up to. I know what you mean about aiming for the well-made, even if it means owning less of it. (My mother would be proud.) Thanks especially for the Wayne Pate link. Love!

  3. marthasnail permalink
    December 8, 2009 8:09 am

    this magazine is very you! thanks for the peek inside.

  4. December 8, 2009 8:36 am

    It looks like a beautiful magazine. Thanks for sharing.
    I’m with you; I’m trying to scale back as well. It’s all about quality, not quantity.

  5. December 8, 2009 9:05 am

    looks like a great magazine. thanks for sharing!

  6. December 8, 2009 9:40 am

    i’d love to read that shoe making article, since shoes are so dear to my heart. :) are you thinking about a pair of redwings? i have this running joke with my dad that his clothing choices (he’s been in the laboror’s union for 25+ years) always end up setting fashion trends. i’m not that far off actually. jean jackets, flannel shirts, redwings are all right up his alley. he’s been rockin them for years.

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