Interviews
Andrew Richardson
Founder of Richardson Magazine
Jonas Lindstroem/SSENSE

What's been your highlight of 2017?

Exhibiting Weirdo Dave’s “Fuck This Life Master Works” in the LA store. It was so good, I can’t bring myself to take it down. As well as the “Resist” collaboration we did with Dover Street Market and Magnum Photos earlier this year.

How have you chosen your Richardson Magazine cover stars?

Authenticity and excellence in their chosen field.

How has your merchandise line developed? Any favorite drops?

The longer you do it the more you learn. Genesis Breyer P’Orridge and PornHub drops were a couple of my recent favorites.

2017 has been a big year for streetwear. What are your thoughts on the streetwear genre and how it fares within the fashion industry?

Streetwear, initially an anti-establishment reflection of youth, is now absorbed into the business of fashion. With brands like Supreme and Louis Vuitton connecting and Balenciaga and Vetements appropriating classic tropes of streetwear, these traditionally high-end brands are using this momentum as leverage to deliver the kind of accessibility that streetwear offers to mainstream fashion.

It's also been a momentous year for fashion publications, especially in terms of print versus digital. What do you think about the current state of the industry and where do you think it's heading?

I think it’s important to understand what works on paper and what works electronically and to really know that distinction. What's interesting to me about a magazine is that it’s a physical product that has a design statement of its own beyond the information it delivers. I’m curious to see how electronic media, like Instagram or YouTube, combined with technology like paper come into play as fertile grounds for young people to make imagery and content that will quench their thirst for information, curating their own type of ‘online magazines’ and what that language of publishing will look and feel like.

What are your short-term and long-term goals for your brand, and personally?

Next year is the 20th anniversary of Richardson Magazine, so we’re working on the issue now and some exciting events and collaborations to coincide with that. We’re looking to open a store in Japan next year and also I’d like to go on a vacation at some point.

 
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