delectable pair of printed firsts

It’s starting to seem like the moment I wave goodbye to all the books and magazines that have been lazing about the house, that I’m welcoming in a new lot to take their place. Still perhaps that’s the expected cycle of life for material goods, and at least it’s a better outcome than simply adding to an overwhelming collection. I’m hoping that at the very least I’m achieving some semblance of balance in the whole scheme of things …

Anyway the other day I was wandering about online and came across the details of a new women’s magazine, ‘The Gentlewoman’ … the name alone had me intrigued. Doing a little more digging I surmised that Issue 1 of this lovely title would align with my aesthetic style and would therefore certainly be worth more than a passing glance.

As it turns out the very next day I was browsing about in one of my favoured newsagents and noticed a title over in the men’s section, ‘Dapper Dan’. Apart from bringing a smile to my face as I remembered George Clooney’s character Everett (in that wonderful Coen Brothers film, ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou?’) and his unwavering dedication to using the hair pomade Dapper Dan, I also thought this was the perfect printed masculine pairing to ‘The Gentlewoman’.

Sometimes fashion editorials, like the sampling from Dapper Dan shown below are not just about the clothes they are displaying, but instead they are more about provoking a feeling or giving the mind permission to be inspired …

Oh gorgeously bold and direct typeface … I love you so very much …

The Gentlewoman is beautiful and wonderful about 1000 times over. Apart from feeling wonderful beneath the fingertips, it inspires through its ‘realness’. This is not a magazine for those who want to find out ‘who is dating who’ or just what ‘x said to y’.

This issue includes a gorgeous feature on hair knots … These classic up styles strike right to my heart, which has a particular weakness for all things elegantly vintage.

So the big question is, will I be back for Issue 2? … Most definitely!


  1. Andrew Emmett

    Great blog post, but “giving the mind permission to be inspired …” is what I’m taking away, to quote, to ponder and to put into action.
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    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – So glad you enjoyed my post on new magazine pleasures! And I’m so glad you enjoyed my idea of ‘giving the mind permission to be inspired’ … you are, as always, a most kind reader! 🙂

  2. Francesca

    And now I’m catching up on all of your recent posts! I love the look of these mags, especially Dapper Dan. xxox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Francesca – They are certainly beautiful magazines for sure! … I think it must be time for me to catch up once more on your blog … I’m really looking forward to that! 🙂

  3. Jess

    Loving The Gentlewoman! I’ll have to go searching…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jess – Glad you like these printed lovelies too… I ended up finding The Gentlewoman on ebay for the best price, though perhaps you’ll be able to source it at a Newsagents? 🙂

  4. Lisa

    Thank you, Tracey, for your long-lasting kindness. Those were some lovely words you spoke in reply to my comment on ‘Secondhand book finds.’ Your intuitive understanding is always welcome in my arms.

    I see that you’ve discovered a touch of 21st century modernity within ‘The Gentlewoman,’ which seems decidedly bound by harmony, coherence, and undeniably a romantic work of art, not to mention also being superbly qualitative.

    Phoebe Philo (on the cover) looks as if Francesco Scavullo could have taken this picture of the loveliest Parisian in the late ‘70s for Paris Vogue. The picture is altogether evocative of that era, and apropos, especially with her wearing a vintage silk Celine scarf.

    PS. ‘The Gentlewoman’ happens to be the sister magazine to ‘Fantastic Man.’

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lisa – Well what can I say, lovely words are always the most fitting words to send your way! 🙂

      Indeed I have discovered the beauty and delight of ‘The Gentlewoman’ … of course I would never admit to having judged the magazine by its cover before making a purchase … but let me say that in this case it is highly likely. Thankfully once I turned that cover page I found within much beautiful inspiration and romantic vision. I adore the way you described the magazine – I can always trust in you to find the most perfect words.

      I completely agree with your view of the wonderful Phoebe Philo on the cover, so classically stylish and therefore eternally wonderful. I also discovered (after purchasing The Gentlewoman), that it is already a sister publication with Fantastic Man … I shall have to investigate that sibling print as well! 🙂

  5. jason

    those covers! so wonderful! i had to look closer after i read the text and realized they weren’t vintage!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jason – I know what you mean about the covers of these magazines … they look so classic and so beautifully styled that they do indeed look like something from the past! (that’s part of the reason that drew them to me I think!).

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