Stylists, journalists, and photographers: How do you interweave your individual roles to produce Eclectic?
We want to give each collaborator a chance to express their vision working together with our main team in Paris. Our main team consists of Anna Barr, who takes main responsibility of the print issue, Charin Chong, who is our creative director, and myself, who runs the website. Of course we all wear multiple hats: We write, take photos, organize and style photo shoots, and keep marketing Eclectic.
Your magazine’s motto reads “deriving ideas from diverse sources.” What does that mean to the team? Where do you find inspiration?
We like to have an open-minded view on fashion and beauty. There is so much more to discover than what has been shown on the runways of fashion capitals. We like to think that our niche is discovering up and coming designers, photographers, and artists. It's not only in fashion that we can be inspired, that's why we also look often towards music, art, lifestyle, culture, and travel to allow our readers to be inspired by many different aspects.
In a world where appearance is everything and the scene changes all the time, what do you think is the place of the print magazine in the fashion industry? And its future?
I think there is still demand for print magazine, although digital editions complement and support the hard copy. We were initially only in digital format, and making the transition from web to print adds an element of permanence and different kind of presence to Eclectic.
It's better to work with rather than against the digital future of publishing. In our opinion, it's important to make the magazine as easily reached as possible. That's why we are on platforms such as Blurb and Issuu.