Good reads: The Vanguards of Scotland and a journal made by city enthusiasts

Here’s our monthly roundup of interesting new magazines; one made by young Scottish creatives and another made by an online network of city enthusiasts

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Vanguards, Issue 0I

Made in Scotland, this quarterly publication has a very clear mission, to celebrate the “vanguards” of Scottish heritage; individuals and brands committed to preserving traditional crafts and materials. Founders James Roberts and Hugo Ross conceived of the magazine when they were at the end of the 4th year of a Fine Arts course at the University of Edinburgh, and published their first issue on graduating a year later – with the help of a small team of Scottish creatives.

Issue 0I profiles an interesting selection brands like salmon farmers Loch Duart and UK’s first organic brewery Black Isle. It is a lovely little book of well-researched features and beautiful imagery. Reactions to the magazine have been encouraging so far Roberts tells us, “People have been saying how refreshing it is to have the country portrayed like this, rather than the usual stereotypes.”

In the spirit of preserving traditional crafts, they also collaborated with Laurence Odie the keeper of Shetland’s knitwear traditions, to produce a limited edition range of woollen jumpers sold online and at select stores across Scotland.

A city made by people journal, issue 1

This is a biannual journal created and crowdfunded by a community of city lovers. Amsterdam based advertising professional Robin Cox wanted to “connect city enthusiasts world wide” and envisioned a network of friendly locals that travellers could meet when visiting a new city, to experience what doesn’t make to tourist guidebooks. So he set up Citinerary in 2012 and gathered city correspondents who “observe, capture, show and share” stories from their respective cities. Four years, many travels and pop-up events later, the Citineraries decided it was time for a more tangible – a printed collection of stories.

They launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, hit their target in 35 days and rolled out the first issue of the journal in May. Each issue will feature 5 cities that have been most active and committed to the online magazine; Amsterdam, Minneapolis, Bucharest, Madrid and Rotterdam have made it to issue 1.

The journal has charming stories like that of a classical music revival on the subways of Bucharest, an Amsterdam based tattoo legend that goes by the name Hanky Panky and the functional architecture of Rotterdam – all light, friendly, easy reads. Issue 2 may be quite different from the first, “since our network keeps growing, issue 2 of the journal will potential feature new cities, such a L.A. or Bristol” explains Cox.

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