You may have noticed that it has been a while since you have heard from us here at Couturesque - almost two weeks, actually. For a publication that is used to publishing almost everyday, the declining volume of our content over the last two months has been a major source of insecurity and anxiety in my life.
When I started Couturesque at age 15, I was growing up in the suburbs, disillusioned with high school and my local fashion industry, and in desperate search of a community that would respond to my ambition, thirst for creativity, and thoughtful fashion content. For two and a half years, working on this publication (with my brilliant, brilliant team) was my favourite thing in the world and it brought me endless joy and fascination. But as I got older, moved to New York City (followed by London and soon to be Florence), and started university, I began to develop new hobbies and interests outside of Couturesque, and as such, my attention became divided.
As painful as it is for me to admit it, this publication has become less and less of a priority in my life over the past year. It continues to bring my joy, at times, but ultimately feels more aimless and distracting than it ever has before. In a discussion with my staff last week, I admitted how lost and ashamed this has made me feel, as I am so proud of how far we have come and what we have built with so many of you, our readers.
Despite acknowledging that I am no longer in the same place that I was when this publication began in 2014, I do have many of the same ambitions to create a community in the fashion industry centred around young people and emerging creatives, in which our voices might be amplified and celebrated, rather than infantilised, exploited, or flat out neglected. I still love to write and take photos and facilitate opportunities for other young minds in this field. And so this is not the end for Couturesque; rather, this new chapter in my life, and in the lives of so many of my staff who have recently graduated, moved, or made major life changes, also represents a new, symbiotic chapter in Couturesque.
Moving forwards, Couturesque will be all about trimming the fat and publishing the best of what we have to offer and nothing more or less. We will write what we want to, when we want to, because we know that our readers are smart and we respect you enough not to waste your time with a half-assed piece. We will also be more honest and open with you about who we are and the fact that, like you, we are often unmotivated or experience failure and disappointment, because in a world filled with people like Tavi Gevinson, Lou Stoppard, and Paloma Elsesser, it's important to remember that most of us are still out here hustling and that's perfectly normal.
In other words - change is scary, especially when it affects the corners of your life that have always been a refuge or something really meaningful, but it does not mean the end, just a different path. We hope you will join us on this one - thanks for waiting so patiently.
Lots of love and gratitude,
Tia Elisabeth Glista
Editor in Chief & Founder
Image: "Bright Young Things" by Marissa Joan Ho for Couturesque, September 2016