Have you heard of The Gentlewoman? It’s a beautiful British magazine that “celebrates modern women of style and purpose” and features artful black and white photos, interesting interviews and chic fashion ads. It’s printed on thick paper, which makes each issue feel like a special collectible.
My only complaint: It’s really difficult to find in the United States. Big-box stores tend to carry few (if any) copies, and there’s no default way to subscribe (unless you pay costly shipping fees through specialty services). I try to hunt down issues when they come out, but I don’t always succeed.
So I was delighted to realize the magazine has a stash of profiles on the website, including a few gems I’d missed in print. Start with these for your reading pleasure:
- Adele, who discovered Etta James as a 13-year-old shopping for albums: “I loved the attitude on her face on the cover of the CD. You wouldn’t want to mess with her, she was so fucking fierce. And then I heard her voice, and I nearly died.”
- Angela Lansbury, who loves making beds and ironing, and has been acting for 60+ years: “It’s so easy to give up or get lazy. It’s worth it to continue to present yourself as a woman of loveliness and dignity, a woman who feels good and knows she’s looking her best.”
- Isabel Marant, who invented the wedge high-top sneaker trend: “Being a woman designer, for me, is not about fantasy; it’s about dressing women properly with an energy that corresponds to now.”
- Yoko Ono, who once performed an art piece where the audience cut away her clothing and left her in underwear: “Stay positive, never eat after 8pm, and walk every day.”