Hey my loves!
If you’re reading this, most likely you follow me on Insta-G, @kingdes. Yesterday I shared that I want to make some updates to my apartment for a fresh feel, and I started to show some of my favorites from my magazine/book collection. I was so elated with the feedback and questions, which brought me here.
One of the things I hoard is magazines and books. I AM OBSESSED. In the midst of my posting, I got a flood of questions about where I cop, price points, and how I select my, in all reality, inspiration.
When I buy books, I buy them because they move me. The colors. The images. Sometimes I don’t even understand the language it’s written in, and that makes me even more intrigued.
If you’re looking for dope magazines, and live in NYC, hit up the millions of magazine shops in the city! My personal favorites are in Soho. When I’m browsing, I pay attention to what jumps out at me. Then I follow up with price. I like to keep my magazine purchases under $40. You can always negotiate when you’re buying more than one, and you don’t want to leave that pricy one behind. I am a TOP NOTCH HAGGLER. It’s a gift really!
Some of my favorite mags are ODDA, Antidote, The New Order, CR, Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, and the list goes on. Antitode is the perfect example, as it’s a French fashion mag published twice a year. I’m so intrigued by other cultures, so when I dive into my magazines I get a taste of that lifestyle through them. I learn so much! It’s one of the few things that keeps me inspired, and it’s always nice to peek inside when I’m lacking inspo.
When it comes to coffee table books, I’m definitely more inclined to spend more. If it’s worth it to me, I go for it! I have a bunch on my want list, like Louis Vuitton, Murakami, and CR.
Amazon is a great place to start for coffee table books, as many of my messages were from my following outside of NYC. What’s nice about Amazon is that you can find used books in BRAND NEW condition, and save some coins!
As I mentioned, the book or magazine has to move me in some way. One of my favorites in my collection is “Where’s Karl?”. This Karl variation to Where’s Waldo, is filled with pages of fun, finding Karl at all these cool places. Interactive books are always great! I like to house them for when I’m entertaining.
If you’re looking to enhance your personal collection, start with research! Think about what you’re interested in, and start searching. You’ll start to find so many dope publications in ranges of styles! That’s what I love about collecting. All of my books are mainly revolved around fashion, but they are all SO DIFFERENT, where I think there’s something for everyone in my collection.
Let me know what are some of your fave magazines and books, as I’m always down for something new! Are you coppin’ any of my faves? Drop a comment below! ✨