Today Is Couturesque's Birthday!

IMAGE DESCRIPTION.Celebrate with a letter from the editor.

I can't believe I'm writing this, but two years ago today, Couturesque graced the Internet with its presence for the first time.  Our first posts were an amalgamation of odes to Alexa Chung, random fitness tips (?), and analysis-es of supermodel skincare tips.  You could say that things have changed a little bit, and that doesn't just apply to finding our voice; since launching on April 24, 2014, Couturesque has fostered a community for young fashion creatives with voices, who are passionate about the evolution of this industry.  We've had the opportunity to get an inside look at some of our favourite brands, like Topshop, Coach, and Marc Jacobs.  We've traveled to international and local fashion weeks, met some pretty baller people (Aurora James? Tanya Taylor? Eva Chen?), photobombed Kanye, grown our team, and continued to create a space for meaningful conversations about the future of the fashion industry.  It's been a crazy ride, and it doesn't look like things are stopping anytime soon.  In fall 2016, I will be relocating to New York City and taking Couturesque with me.  We'll still keep our global outlook, with correspondents remaining in Toronto, London, Copenhagen, etc., but our new HQ will give Couturesque the chance to tap into the heart of the fashion world and work on even more exciting projects with some amazing creative types.  I'm absolutely terrified, but also thrilled about the path that this website and this community have opened up for me, and I can't wait to start the next phase.

That being said, it isn't all sunshine and rainbows.  Usually, when I discuss Couturesque with people, their reaction is either sheer excitement, or they're totally unimpressed.  There doesn't seem to be any middle ground, which is funny, because if there were, it would be a much more accurate indicator of where we're at.  Couturesque is a work in progress, and it always will be.  And I think that that's a good thing.  We can afford to take risks and try new things and will continue to.  We are extremely proud of our original content - from our thought-provoking Essay section, to our fashion week coverage, to our slowly growing video content - but admittedly, we often struggle to get the number of eyes on it that we aspire to.  Sometimes I forget to proofread an e-mail to a fancy PR coordinator and I end up spelling the brand's name wrong.  Sometimes I'm too stressed out and tired to put up a new post, even though I skipped the day before too.  Sometimes you have major setbacks in life that make you cry for a week straight, but then you take a deep breath and keep going forward.  Because even though things aren't perfect, they're never going to be; whether we have 100,000 followers or 10 million, there will always be roadblocks, and it's better that we get used to handling them now.  There is so much to look forward to and to work towards, so why waste time lamenting over what you wish you did better?  

It's our 2 Year Anniversary and I'm damn proud of everything that we have achieved, including our mistakes.  I'm looking forward to another thrilling year filled with new editorials, interviews, conversations with readers, team members, and more (ex. our upcoming collab with Instagram, no biggie).

On that note, I'm going to go buy myself an ice cream cake to celebrate.  Because I deserve it, and so do you. (Unless you are lactose intolerant, in which case, maybe skip the ice cream part).

Want to keep up with our journey on the regClick here to follow our Instagram feed.  Then join us in a little #throwback moment from the set of our first photoshoot.

WHO: Tia, Editor at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: Toronto 
LISTENING TO: Desperado - Rihanna
CAN BE FOUND AT: @tia.elisabeth

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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

Tia Elisabeth Glista
Editor in Chief