The Non GQ/Esquire Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Caustic Man, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Are we then seeing a general shift away from print media to a more discussion oriented kind of news and information sharing? Certainly news is still spoon fed by networks and newspapers, but could this be the start of a shift to a more community based sharing of knowledge similar to how this community operates? I don't know is this will definitely apply to more objective things like scientific research or hard news, but when it comes to things like style it seems to be a better selling medium in this day and age. Unfortunately it seems to mean the at least partial demise of the long, well thought out, and researched information article about brands, makers, tailors, etc. On the other hand, I have seem some excellent posts in this community about those very things. Original research and reporting done by members about their favorite makers. Very interesting.
     
  2. Apollotrader

    Apollotrader Senior member

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    I could not agree more with regard to GQ and Esquire. It is especially shitty to view Esquire in its current form, it used to be such a great gentleman's publication. I will try The Rake, I have not seen it before. Besides SF I do find the editorial content on Mr. Porter UK and Mr. Porter US to be quite nice, well thought out and very informative and even entertaining. Curious if other members of SF are looking there also??
     
  3. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Never heard of Mr. Porter. Will give it a try.
     
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    I have found Mr. Porter and Fantastic Man to be decent, though the latter is a little out there at times and basically stick with Monocle these days, which is not solely style, sartorially oriented. It's also a little rough that the half decent publications are typically closer to $20 than to $5, which takes them out of that GQ/Esquire price bracket. For those who are Rake readers, where do you source the issues, aside from their site? I have a search for it whenever I hit a shop, but have never come across an issue.

    On a side note, does anyone remember when Vogue came out with a biannual men's issue? The were actually not bad..anyway, good topic OP, thank's for voicing up.
     
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    acidboy Senior member

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    ^ men's vogue used to churn out an issue once every 2 months. think I still have the last issue stowed away. it was definitely veering away from the gq sophomoric crowd, but it was also at times drab and uninteresting imo.
     
  6. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    It's widely available in Dubai, where I spend most of my down time. I have never seen it offered in the U.S. although you might find it at specialty shops or bookstores that carry large magazine selections.
     
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    Caustic Man Senior member

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    I didn't know Men's Vogue stopped publication. Goes to show how much I paid attention to it. Probably the Vogue name never really caught on with men.
     
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    Apollotrader Senior member

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    I did remember one thing I wanted to post. The bi-annual "Big Black Book" that Esquire puts out have been really pretty good, especially the one before the last. When I was reading it I kept thinking "this is the Esquire I remember". Seemed totally different from the monthly. I rate Spring 2011 as excellent and Spring 2012 as good.
     
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    I thought the Spring 2012 one was pretty bad. I'd agree that Spring 2011 was better and Autumn 2011 had some interesting things in it too. I just wish they wouldn't bother with the aspirational 'lifestyle' crap (cars, travel etc. and the pointless and not very funny life 'advice').
     
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    I just subscribed to a year of Esquire for $6.43 (free shipping) because of this thread.
     
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    Caustic Man Senior member

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    What made you go with Esquire?
     
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    atila Senior member

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    Cause GQ was $15 and my only other option, based on this thread, was "The Rake", which costs $140+ for a year subscription and is only 6 issues.
     
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    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I get these along with Mens Club and The Rake.

    Esquire and GQ each take me about 30 minutes to go through them. The UK versions aren't much better. They are so obviously "pay for play" stories and features. But I can get a subscription for a few dollars a year for each one. The black book can be enjoyable.

    As someone said earlier today on another thread, the styling of much of the GQ stuff is silly. A denim jacket under a pin striped suit??? :fu:
     
  14. Caustic Man

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    Hah, price points only. Fair enough.
     
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    Oh, definitely. I used to get GQ long ago and found it mildly entertaining. Never even looked through an Esquire much, but for $7 for a year, I figured I would definitely be able to get even an ounce of value out of that subscription.
     

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