Vintage Magazines

It's not considered hoarding if it's used for decoration

By now you've probably noticed that we're into anything that doubles as something even more useful. BB creams (doubles? makes that 8-1!), toys as room accents, skateboards and vintage trunks as décor and bronzer-slash-blush are amongst our list-toppers. The newest addition? Reading material turned décor. 

Take it from us: with magazine prices that make us sympathize with Carrie Bradshaw's dinner or Vogue dilemma (we totally get it!), why would you ever want to toss a glossy, bound style manifesto that doubles as inspiration for your moodboard? Sure, it's got tons of wisdom, history and evolution behind itbut it looks better on a bookshelf, and that's what matters. The Covs who have mastered the art of hoarding collecting vintage mags range from Aurélie Bidermann (just try and rival her insane retro Interview covers) to Eleanor Strausswhose stacks on stacks on stacks of Vogue issues are the envy of Anna herself... probably. (Isn't it amazing how you can always spy the September issue amongst the pile? Seems to get thicker and thicker each year.) We remember gushing over Jen Atkin's collection, which elegantly doubled as a display for her Alaïas and Louboutins (take note, guys). Virginie Dhello's ode to just about every mag ever published was a true testament the Parisian editor's expert eye and knowledge. 

Each collection is acquired slowly, over time, or in some cases, amassed at once as a legacy. "Our high school art teacher gave us her British Vogue magazine collection from the 70s and 80s," the Beckerman sisters confessed. And as much as we hate to butcher them, our own stash at The Cov HQ quite often gets repurposed for inspirational tear sheets. So next time you think about tossing that issue in the trash, think again; it's not considered hoarding if it's used for decoration or inspiration purposes... and you can quote us on that!

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