6 Zines We'll Be Reading This Summer

Hopefully by the beach.

This summer, our to-read shelf will be full to the brim of brand new issues of our favorite zines. If you’re not caught up, zines – or fanzines – are self-published, usually short, magazines, which are very often created by pretty badass, young, creative individuals. With killer visual elements and creative coverage of pop culture, style, politics, and feminism, zines are speaking with a voice that’s been missing from the mainstream publishing business. Though the genre itself still flies slightly under the radar, more zines are appearing everyday (*hint hint, nudge nudge*), and we have tried to keep up with the most relevant and aesthetically pleasing issues for you to dig into this summer. 
Zeum Magazine
Toronto-based Zeum is a biannual publication, with the primary focus on fashion and the work of young creatives. The magazine is available for purchase in England, Canada and Japan, as well as online.  Bonus: Last fall, we interviewed Zeum's founder, Danielle Suzanne.

Arts and culture zine Bad Day has bases in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, and ignores the boundaries between the categories within the creative community. It is an biannual publication and is available worldwide from specialty bookshops.

Milk and Honey
Feminist magazine Milk & Honey celebrates and features the creative work of women and non-binary individuals. The quarterly zine explores themes such as identity, sexuality and mental health.

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The Messy Heads
The Messy Heads started as a blog that communicated inspiration, creativity and life, and has developed into a quarterly magazine where each issue dives into a specific topic and encourages self-insight.
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Coalition Zine
A celebration and representation of different cultures, Coalition provides capturing visual art and literature to match. They describe themselves as a publication that is "telling stories and making space." 

Polyester is a zine that focuses on the kitsch and deliberately opposes the fashion industry’s obsession with minimalism. They operate as a website, with an additional physical publication twice a year.

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This summer, we've also loved discovering these 6 up and coming indie swimwear brands.  Or, if you came here looking for a dose of inspiration, find out which 10 young creative women you should be following, according to an Instagram staffer.

WHO: Katarina, Sr. Fashion Market Contributor at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: Copenhagen
LISTENING TO: Mountain At My Gates - Foals
CAN BE FOUND AT: @katarinajulie

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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