Urbane Magazine hopes to fill a campus niche with its mix of fashion and politics. Photo by David Pike.
This picture, by David Pike, appeared in the first issue of Urbane Magazine, a new campus publication dedicated to fashion, design, politics and culture that’s headed up by Matthew Gray, a second-year student in international relations at U of T.
The image was part of a photo shoot on urban decay called “Arte Povera,” which refers to a style of Italian art popular in the anti-corporate movement of the 1960s.
“It’s been branded a hipster magazine,” says Gray, noting that Urbane blends concern for global issues with attention to esthetics. He cites creator Canadian magazine publisher Tyler Brûlé’s Monocle as an inspiration.
Gray, the editor-in-chief, and his team of volunteer contributors launched the 28-page first issue in February with a party at Hart House featuring live music, a photography exhibit and a fashion show. The 200 available copies disappeared at the launch. The next issue is planned for October 2010.
Urbane joins a crowded field of U of T publications, but Gray is hopeful the magazine will find a loyal readership and, pending funding, is planning to expand distribution in the fall to 2,500 copies and publish four issues a year. “We feel that campus publications are lacking a refined look at fashion,” he says.