First Look: HERO Magazine

October 21st, 2015 |Posted by jonathanshia

Few cities have been as reflective of the past half-century of American life as Detroit, from white flight and the decline of manufacturing through crumbling infrastructure and abandoned neighborhoods to creative millennial reinvention and post-bankruptcy renewal. “Detroit gets lots of attention, and not necessarily for the best reasons,” explained James West and Fabien Kruszelnicki, the editors-in-chief of HERO Magazine, about their decision to dedicate the latest issue of their menswear magazine to the ever-shifting metropolis. “It had a lot of bad press, about violence and volatility, about people moving there for cheap rents, but we felt like it was a place that was also somehow new, a place where everything hadn’t been decided already. It has the space to redefine itself, which is quite a big deal.”

The British actor Nicholas Hoult takes the cover, shot and styled by Venetia Scott (Camilla Lowther Management), but the rest of the issue is a celebration of Detroit in all its promise and possibility. Kruszelnicki offers a “Detroit Survey,” street casting an overview of the city’s youth styled by Zarina Humayun, while Alessio Boni and Gro Curtis capture new face Robbi (TIAD) in hidden spaces amongst the urban sprawl. Nicole Maria Winkler and Adam Winder pay homage to the city’s vanishing automobile industry, and Dominick Sheldon (Creative and Partners) and Andrew Mukamal offer an eclectic vision of a promising “New America.” “There’s a sense that Detroiters have had to fend for themselves, and that says a lot about the way the creative scene is developing there,” say West and Kruszelnicki. “It’s a city with a lot of history that America kind of brushed aside, but now it’s becoming the personification of a new kind of American Dream, a place where anything is possible.” Take an exclusive first look at the new issue, out this week, below.



Photography and styling Venetia Scott (Camilla Lowther Management)




Ph. Alessio Boni / Fashion Gro Curtis
Model Robbi at Tomorrow Is Another Day






Ph. Fabien Kruszelnicki / Fashion Paul Sinclaire
Model: Streetcast Nicholas Williams





Ph. Cameron McCool (Katy Barker) / Fashion Zarina Humayun
Artists: ZelooperZ and Supakaine



Ph. Dominick Sheldon (Creative and Partners) / Fashion Andrew Mukamal
Model: Geron at CLICK, Frank at Ford Models





Ph. Fabien Kruszelnicki / Fashion Zarina Humayun

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Ph. Dario Catellani (Camilla Lowther Management) / Fashion Jay Massacret
Models Gabriel at Supa (London) and John Swiatek

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Ph. Nicole Maria Winkler / Fashion Adam Winder
Model Raad at Tomorrow Is Another Day

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First Look: Heroine

September 16th, 2015 |Posted by Irene Ojo-Felix

Industry Icon Kirsten Owen covers this issue of Heroine Magazine in all her edgy, relentless glory. Shot by Emma Summerton, styled by Gro Curtis, and dressed entirely in vintage Helmut Lang, the muse heralded as a vision of alternative beauty seems fitting to grace this issue focused on uncompromising binaries. With interviews on the inimitable powerhouse of Fendi‘s Karl Lagerfeld, Silvia Venturini Fendi, and Pietro Beccari, Jonathan Anderson of J.W. Anderson and Loewe fame, and Gucci‘s newest creations from the mind of Alessandro Michele this issue goes to the next level with its content.

With over 280 pages of fashionable content and a new redesign be sure to pick up Heroine 3 and check out our exclusive first look below!


Photographer – Emma Summerton (Camilla Lowther Management) | Fashion Editor – Gro Curtis



Photographer – Fabien Kruszelnicki | Fashion Editor – Steve Morriss


Photographer – Danielle Levitt | Fashion Editor – Gro Curtis


Photographer – Danielle Levitt | Fashion Editor – Gro Curtis


Photographer – Emma Tempest (Jed Root) | Fashion Editor – Vittoria Cerciello (Los Angeles: FRANK REPS LA, New York: FRANK REPS NY)



Photographer – Alessio Boni | Fashion Editor – Gro Curtis


Photographer – Alessio Boni | Fashion Editor – Gro Curtis


Photographer – Greta Ilieva | Fashion Editor – Steve Morriss



Photographer – Greta Ilieva | Fashion Editor – Steve Morriss


Photographer – Emma Summerton (Camilla Lowther Management) | Fashion Editor – Gro Curtis


Photographer – Emma Summerton (Camilla Lowther Management) | Fashion Editor – Gro Curtis


Photographer – Nicole Maria Winkler | Fashion Editor – Vittoria Cerciello (Los Angeles: FRANK REPS LA, New York: FRANK REPS NY)


Photographer – Nicole Maria Winkler | Fashion Editor – Vittoria Cerciello (Los Angeles: FRANK REPS LA, New York: FRANK REPS NY)


Photographer – Yelena Yemchuk| Fashion Editor – Karen Kaiser (New York: Streeters New York, London: Streeters London)


Photographer – Yelena Yemchuk| Fashion Editor – Karen Kaiser (New York: Streeters New York, London: Streeters London)


Photographer – Yelena Yemchuk| Fashion Editor – Karen Kaiser (New York: Streeters New York, London: Streeters London)


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At Large Magazine Dons Five Covers

September 4th, 2015 |Posted by jonathanshia

The latest issue of At Large Magazine evokes a sense of exploration and adventure, a quest for the open road and a glimpse of what’s beyond the horizon. Five covers—Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, composer J. Ralph, models Marcus Lindberg and Phil Sullivan, and a searing landscape of Monument Valley—offer a fresh change for the new season, as layers pile on and colors turn richer. Within, Amendola discusses his clutch Super Bowl catch in his cover feature, shot by Randall Mesdon and styled by Melissa Yates, and Sullivan takes up mountaineering for an editorial photographed by Matthew Porter. Prints and textures mix and match in Mesdon’s feature with Bill Mullen, while Fabien Kruszelnicki and Paul Sinclaire contrast the stark energy of youth with the grown-up looks on Alex Cunha by Benjamin Lennox and Julie Ragolia. Nick Wooster shares some of his most memorable belongings, including a Rimowa suitcase battered from his many travels, and Akiko Kurematsu explores an overgrown garden of surreal sculpture hidden in the Mexican forest with a photo essay by Peter Ash Lee. Take an exclusive first look at the issue below, and stay tuned for our interview with At Large fashion director Julie Ragolia coming soon.


Phil Sullivan by Randall Mesdon

Danny Amendola by Randall Mesdon

J. Ralph by Mark Abrahams (Home Agency)

Malcolmn Lindberg by Ben Weller (Camilla Lowther Management)


By Matthew Porter



Danny Amendola by Randall Mesdon / Stylist Melissa Yates


Photographer Matthew Porter / Stylist Melissa Yates

Malcolm Lindberg by Ben Weller (Camilla Lowther Management) / Stylist Julie Ragolia


Alex Cunha by Benjamin Lennox / Stylist Julie Ragolia

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Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

April 30th, 2015 |Posted by jonathanshia

HERO Magazine celebrates small-town hopes and big-city dreams with their latest issue, out today with a powerful cover featuring pop’s favorite bad boy Justin Bieber photographed by Hedi Slimane. Bruce Weber contributes thirty years’ worth of slices of all-American life while Danielle Levitt explores the motocross cult of Plant City, Florida. Designer Kevin Carrigan talks about the clean appeal of Calvin Klein, while DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith offers insight into his latest album. Rising actors like Max Irons, Jack Falahee, and Timothée Chalamet discuss their craft, and the legendary filmmaker Larry Clark sits down for a lengthy talk. On the fashion side, Sebastian Kim showcases the rural life in a feature styled by Gro Curtis, while Dario Catellani pays homage to down-home hairstyles in a quirky preview of the summer and fall ahead. Take an exclusive first look at the issue below.


Photographer Alessio Boni  | Styling Samantha Traina (New York: Streeters New York, Los Angeles: Streeters Los Angeles)


Photographer Nicolas Kern  | Styling Stella Greenspan



Photographer Bruce Weber


Photographer Alessio Boni | Styling Gro Curtis


Photographer Danielle Levitt (Camilla Lowther Management) | Styling Taryn Bensky


Photographer  Dario Catellani (Paris: ArtList Paris, New York: ArtList NY) | Styling James Valeri (Home Agency) | Hair Holli Smith (New York: Total Management, Los Angeles: Total Management, Paris: Total Management)


Photographer  Sebastian Kim (Management + Artists)| Styling Gro Curtis


Photographer Fabien Kruszelnicki  | Styling Zarina Humayun


Justin Bieber by Hedi Slimane

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A New Hero

May 6th, 2014 |Posted by jonathanshia

Recent years have seen a burst of independent magazines, but few have risen with quite the speed of HERO Magazine, the London-based men’s mag launched in 2009. What began as a DIY celebration of fashion and models has turned into a major force on the scene, with cover stories of rising Hollywood stars by Hedi Slimane and impressive portfolios on culture and society. The latest issue, with actor Bill Skarsgård on the cover, offers another look at the possibilities of print, with a vigorous fifty-page feature shot by Hero cofounder Fabien Kruszelnicki and styled by Elizabeth Fraser-Bell. Karlis Adlers is found amidst a house in ruins, offering a look ahead at Fall 2014’s most desirable looks, all of them accentuated by his shock of platinum-blond hair. Take a look at our exclusive preview below, and see the full story in the new issue, available at

















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Super Hero

April 27th, 2012 |Posted by Betty

One of our favorite men’s magazines, HERO Magazine is back for Summer/Fall 2012 with fantastic new face Arthur Gosse glowering in Givenchy with those unforgettably covetable nose rings from the F/W 12 collection. The theme for issue 7, DARK+STORMY will come with a collector’s special edition slipcase, only 25 of which will be available for purchase worldwide at select locations. Interviews with Calvin Klein’s Italo Zucchelli, Dior Homme’s Kris Van Assche and stories by Paul Jasmin, David Armstrong and Danielle Levitt make this issue a must buy.

MDC visitors have the chance to win one of five limited edition DARK+STORMY slipcase copies – by tweeting why they should win them @models @hero_magazine with the hashtag, #hero7limitededition; the winners will be announced on Monday May 7th.

For our friends in the Far East, Hero comes out with their first Chinese and Japanese editions. To purchase the issue, click here.

Photography Fabien Kruszelnicki, styling by Elizabeth Fraser-Bell, hair Teiji Utsumi, model Arthur Gosse

DARK+STORMY collector’s special edition slipcase

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Our Hero

October 26th, 2010 |Posted by Betty

Hero Magazine, in a few short issues, has become a fresh and exciting voice on the men’s scene. Previewed here exclusively on, Hero #4 features Prada men’s opener, the broodingly beautiful Luka Badnjar on a striking cover by Alessandro Dal Buoni, styled by Andrew Davis. We chatted with James West andFabien Kruszelnicki, editors-in-chief of Hero about the new issue.

mdc: What has evolved the most for you in terms of the magazine?

JW/FK: It’s all happened so fast! Probably the biggest evolution is how quickly things have grown, from just selling in the UK with a few abroad for issue 1.. it’s now sold pretty much in every country. We’re really happy and honoured to have lots of our favourite photographers and stylists approach us to ask about getting involved which means a lot. Even people asking us to do ‘HERO layouts’ with their stories and not being too precious with their images… everyone involved is really excited about it which makes it so much fun to work on.

mdc: The NY Times just came out with an article on the return of the “Man”. We felt your last issue with Isaac Weber on the cover already reflected that return to the more classic ideal of beauty. What do we have to look forward to in this issue with the type of models featured?

JW/FK: When we were thinking about making HERO we really wanted to do something optimistic, energetic and youthful and real. Whether the guys are athletic or more editorial we wanted their personalities to come through and for them to be real because so much fashion imagery is kind of disconnected. The whole 90s thing of big supermodels with big personalities – real fashion icons and names – is great and we wanted to get some of that excitement and connection back into the pages. This issue has lots of guys from London so there are lots of individual characters… we did one shoot in NYC though with Nacho Alegre featuring Eric Watts. That’s something pretty amazing you can look forward to!

mdc: Any chance of a “Heroine”?

JW/FK: Haha, not right now, but we’ll see…

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