Letter from the Editors
Kate Nelson: It’s undeniable that our world feels more political than ever, and we’re not just talking about who you vote for this November. Politics has infiltrated all aspects of our lives — from the way we spend our money to the media we consume to the clothing we wear. So it seemed only fitting for our annual ode to style to have Artful Living contributor and acclaimed fashion editor Laura Antonia Jordan do a deep dive on that last topic. She brings her unique insider (and uniquely British) perspective to “Who Wore What,” exploring how fashion and politics intersect. (page 128)
Hayley Saunders: Fashion is back in a big way, and it’s a constant theme throughout this issue. Here in Minneapolis, Martin Patrick 3 gave us the inside scoop on its upcoming Brunello Cucinelli womenswear collection set to debut this fall (page 85). On the auction front, Christie’s recently sold some of the world’s most iconic fashion photography taken by the likes of Helmut Newton, Irving Penn and Ellen von Unwerth (page 58). Plus men’s style guru David Coggins gives his advice for avoiding common faux pas (page 76), and resident outdoorswoman Laura Schara pens an ode to the classic American cowboy boot (page 189).
KN: Looking for a scintillating, scandalous read? Marisa Petrarca wades into the murky world of multilevel marketing to investigate why, even amidst massive backlash, we Americans can’t seem to resist these get-rich-quick schemes (page 213). And Brittany Chaffee takes us back in time to the plush heyday of the luxury department store (page 208).
HS: Of course, style extends beyond just what we wear. It’s also a huge part of our homes, which is on full display in Prospect Refuge Studio designer Victoria Sass’s dreamy bohemian Midwestern abode (page 90). And it even factors into the food we make, as celebrated Twin Cities chef Gavin Kaysen shows in his new cookbook (page 69). However you choose to convey your unique style, we’re happy to be a part of your stylish life.
Kate Nelson, Editor-in-Chief, and Hayley Saunders, Managing Editor + Associate Publisher