March 31, 2008

a place of inspiration…closing soon.


some of my mag racks and ads in frames

if you come to my apartment, you will find magazines everywhere. i have three pottery barn metal racks–all filled with them, as well as bookshelves, my desk, under my bed, in the bathroom, on the coffee table. most are fairly new, but i do have some older ones, like flair from the fifties, alexey brodovitch, liz tilberis, kate betts era-harper’s bazaar, first issues of jane, flaunt, and v; last issues of mademoiselle and george, along with every issue of vitals. i collect not just fashion magazines, but design (comm arts, step, critique), home/interiors (dwell, domino, blueprint) and sports (espn, sports illustrated). they provide so much inspiration to me: the photography and design help when i’m working on a project or trying to put together a new look, and the articles are a wealth of knowledge. one place i go when i’m on the east coast is gallagher’s, a treasure trove for designers and art directors where on any given day you could spot marc jacobs or a parsons art student pouring through the racks of current and vintage magazines. so it was with a heavy heart that i read in wwd that this institution was closing at the end of the week.

the gallagher’s, michael and mary, will continue to sell mags through their website, but part of the fun is going to the store and getting lost among the piles. i would always go looking for something specific, but leave having found something even cooler. so if you’re in new york, go visit gallagher’s before it’s gone. i just wish i could.

126 e. 12th street near 4th avenue, open 11am-6:30pm

pic of my apartment taken by seza bali