Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Editor's Letter

So as I said, here's the first page of Grandeur. The Editor's Letter. The anchor of the ship. I hope you enjoy!..
Welcome to the first ever addition of Grandeur Magazine. 

It was only a few weeks ago that I was struck with a shiny little epiphany. Where everything I’ve been thinking about for the last year had just nestled neatly into place. 

It was when compiling our ‘The Insider Edit’ page that I was overcome with a sense of realisation. Realisation that the people that are imbedded in this seemingly untouchable world that we call fashion are actually not as untouchable as you may think.

Between editing the pages of their own magazines, dashing from meeting to meeting and boarding planes to destinations far and wide, these people took the time to answer our question. There was no form of payment, no fusspot, neurotic-rich time-poor PA hustling them to their next engagement. It was just me, my trusty Mac, and a bunch of people, experts in their crafts and generous with their knowledge. Moments such as that are the foundations of this magazine. 

A testament to the power of words, about which I discuss on page 54, and the unrivalled potential of Twitter, which inspired Mia Holt  to put pen to paper and discuss this topic on page 42.
The odds are that you have picked up this issue because you want to pursue a career in fashion, and the truth is you haven’t chosen an easy path. There will be years of hard slog and streamlined devotion, where your biggest reward will be the one of knowing yourself what you have achieved. In addition to keeping your head above the murky waters of University life, you will need to intern, probably hold down a part time job and cling on to some sort of social life.

As well as an artistic expression of fashion, art, and the world in which we surround ourselves, I envision this quarterly magazine to be the first port of call, a meeting of minds, and a way of making this path you have chosen a little smoother. Connecting the people who work successfully within the industry to those of you dreaming of working alongside them one day. Our aim is to stop you swimming against the tide and to teach you to swim with the current.

The one thing that connects everyone in this industry is that we are all daydreamers; some of grandeur, some of modest proportions. My absolute favourite saying is that of T.E Lawrence in The Seven Pillars of Wisdom; “Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their  minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible.”

And as they say, to love what you do, that is the ultimate goal. So here we are…

Lucy Smith


Read the whole magazine here.


  1. Did you put that whole magazine together? It's reall, realy good. Well done! Anna x

    1. Yes I did. Thanks for the lovely comment Anna! Xx