A very good French friend, who specifically requested anonymity, introduced me to the superb magazine Encens, last week. Luckily, as I can’t read a word of French, it’s mostly comprised of a series of fashion images that fill my stereotype of archetypal French fashion- refusing to adhere to trends, classic with a quirky twist.
Founded in 2002 by Samuel Drira and Sybille Walter is released twice a year. Perhaps the most striking thing about Encens is it’s sense of independence, and it’s testament to the vision of the founders that it still retains that so strongly, 24 issues later. Describing the magazine as featuring ‘90% fashion (and fashion archives), 10% conceptual art’, each issue is the product of months of research, as the each issue seeks to reinvent its fundamental principles offering the best to those who ‘unlock exacting worlds’.
Available, as you would expect, at Colette.
Posted by Vicki Loomes