Although I am not quite as bad as the fictional character Nick in Alan Hollinghurst’s novel The Line of Beauty, there is no doubt I have quite a preoccupation with aesthetics. It is perhaps unsurprising, therefore, that I am often drawn to the covers of beautiful magazines, even knowing ahead of time that I will be disgusted by the commercialism and advertising I will encounter. I almost immediately put them down as soon as I pick them up.
There is one steadfast exception to this rule, however, and it is a magazine called ‘Kinfolk’. A ‘slow lifestyle magazine […] that explores ways for readers to simplify their lives, cultivate community and spend more time with their friends and family’, I can easily believe it is ‘now the leading independent lifestyle magazine for young creatives’. That is not to say there are no ads whatsoever. There are.
Five. In the entire magazine.
Kinfolk really is what is proclaims; a magazine promoting a Slow lifestyle. Beautifully curated, every issue is themed, with short essays, interviews, photo essays, a recipe or two, and a wealth of inspiration. The message is simple; live well, take time, dedicate yourself, constantly challenge your assumptions and surround yourself with real (not fabricated) beauty.
That is a message I am happy to endorse.