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Inspired Reading

Inspired Reading

Print media has seen its share of struggles so it’s uplifting to see veterans of the field charge forth with their own vision after stepping away from their roles at traditional publishing houses. Two such women currently generating buzz are Yolanda Edwards and Dara Capongiro, both of whom have created new magazines, both joyously printed on thick glossy paper filled with poignant story telling and dreamy photography.


Yolo Journal, Yolanda Edwards’ passion project, launched just last week and has social media clamouring for where to pick up copies (Another Country and The Rake in London are stockists). As the former Creative Director of the US edition of Condé Nast Traveller (which shifted operations entirely to the UK late last year), Edwards is something of a legend amongst globetrotters. She created Yolo as a distillation of the best recommendations for each region the magazine will cover. This first issue focuses on Italy, the next one has yet to be announced (but word has it she’s been tripping around Scotland so that could be a clue…). The goal is not to be an A-to-Z guide but rather a curation of insider tips from her savviest friends and acquaintances - a mix of fellow editors, photographers, stylists, chefs, artists, writers, designers…. It’s peppered with winsome tales, hidden gems, quick take-aways (like the best antique markets - and importantly when to go) and a refreshing mix of photography styles. It will have you booking an Italian mini break al più presto!  

Now in its eighth edition, the eternally stylish Dara Capongiro originally created the Bulletin as a brochure for fabric house F. Schumacher, where she serves as Creative Director. Taking that helm after thirty years as a magazine editor, her sense for editorial content has steadily transformed the biannual publication into an impossibly chic magazine. With tenures at Veranda, Elle Décor and Domino, it was inevitable that she would create such a gem and with each issue word is spreading. It’s pages are now filled with house tours and travel stories shot by photographers like Francesco Lagnese, Max Kim Bee and Melanie Acevedo, coupled with product round ups and of course fabric introductions, like a recent collaboration with designer Veere Grenney, whose Gazebo collection sings of summer, and a line of trompe l’oiel wallpapers inspired by Miles Redd. (Both collections can be ordered through Turnell & Gigon at Chelsea Harbour.)  Kudos to F. Schumacher for championing the evolution.

The lack of advertisements mean higher issue costs for independently published magazines like these, but supporting such visionary endeavors is worth it. And if you’re a collector of print like we are, there’s always room on the shelf for more.

Photographs © Stephen Ringer, Max Kim Bee