I thank you for stopping off on this page to inquire a bit about Vintage Magazine.
Inspired by Fleur Cowles’ Flair (published 1950-1951), a magazine that explored the possibilities of print, font, color, photography, and texture, while offering an array of articles—on art, music, fashion, food, travel, culture—written by noted artists and authors of the day …Vintage Magazine brings to the fore, with the eloquent voices of today’s writers and artists, the impact of history on our present culture. The term “vintage” is used in its broadest sense— focusing on the excellence of, the finest of things, both in content and presentation.
I was introduced to Flair at a 2003 retrospective of the magazine, “Fleur on Flair,” at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. At first glance I was struck by Flair’s beauty …and promptly judged the magazine, as we are taught to never ever do, by its exquisite cover. The distinguishing feature of a Flair cover was a die cut—which offered an artful glimpse onto the world within. Turning the cover revealed further delights—foldouts and fabulous illustrations—by Saul Steinberg, by fashion designer Rene Gruau; riveting writing—Salvador Dali on his search for a gypsy angel, Tallulah Bankhead on Louis Armstrong; short stories by Tennessee Williams.
I left the show acutely attuned to the extraordinary physical draw of a magazine: the lure of stunning design; the striking sensation of ink on paper; the ravishing commingling of keenly-wrought words and fine art and editorial flair; the tactile quality of the read. I knew then and there that I wanted to create a magazine in l’esprit de Flair, and so the Vintage Magazine seed was sown.
A peek at what Vintage Magazine has to offer can be found by visiting the “We’ve Got Issues” page of this site. The magazine itself offers a multi-textured foray through history and out into the present; I do hope you choose to participate.
That said, I believe that the innovative, textured qualities of print have counterparts in the lush, multi-tiered, ever-evolving environment of the Web. Please stay tuned as vintagezine.com takes on new form…bringing forth the sounds, the lore and allure of the past and offering a spot to share observations about the import of history on our present day.
I look forward to furthering the conversation.
Ivy Baer Sherman, Editor-in-Chief