I don't know about you but since I started blogging my interest in print magazines has been on the wane. I've cancelled a couple of my long-standing subscriptions for British publications and only occasionally nip into the newsagents for my favourite French home & decor magazines. I guess I don't have time anymore and I have to admit that as I am so active online I'm often disappointed when I flick through the pages, and everything looks so very déjà vu.
I do enjoy a good foreign print magazine though. I'm curious by nature, as you well know, and love looking for new products, artists, makers and trends from different countries. I don't necessarily speak the language so thankfully, most of the time, pictures speak louder than words.
I've been a fan of the Kireei blog for ages. I think Cristina Camarena and I have very similar tastes and I try to pop over every day to see her latest finds. I've also contributed to a couple of Kireei's online magazines, which was fun.
My Spanish followers will already be aware that Kireei is now available in print and I have to say that I am very impressed indeed with the first issue.
I consider myself fairly "well-read" and "au fait" with what's going on in the Children's Industry so when I sat down to look at Kireei and discovered page after page of new products and designers I was over the moon. This pouf, Odie, for example, comes from the new-to-me kids' furniture company Gegant.
The whole magazine is filled with interesting products, craft and design articles, photography and tutorials (I love Ishtar Olivera's stamps and the Bean Bag Toss). Clearly, a lot of hard work has been put into every aspect of the magazine, right down to its format and the quality of the paper. Yes, I actually think it smells nice too!
The Kireei team have already notched up an impressive list of stockists and also sell their magazine in their Big Cartel Shop.
I don't speak Spanish very well but I do know a quality, stylish publication when I see one.