Try to get your hands on copies of Cabana magazine’s earlier issues and your attempts may prove fruitless. A quick eBay search yields a couple copies of Issue 6 selling at $295, and Issue 7 for $225. Meanwhile, Viyet is selling a coveted copy of the Gucci-fabric-swathed Issue 5 for $575—nearly the cost of owning an actual Gucci-something.
For those outside the know, the biannual Cabana bills itself a magazine, but it’s really a prized tome with textiles for covers. Outside, you might have a deco print from the Schumacher archives; inside, you’ll find an international design magazine, each image worthy of a frame. It’s no surprise that these issues are hard to get your hands on. Aesthetes the world over will be thrilled to know that as of next month, highlights from issues one through nine will come neatly packaged in a collectible Cabana Anthology, published by Vendome.
“We receive a very big number of emails every week from people asking for back issues, which have all entirety run out of stock,” says Cabana founder Martina Mondadori. “So this, for us, is a way to put together stories from the first three to four issues, which are the issues that people keep asking for.”
A first look inside the book:
This sky-high demand is due to her exquisite taste, which is in her DNA—and it’s not just because she is Milanese. Mondadori is of the Mondadori (Italy’s largest printing house); over the years, her family accrued such influence that they were able to satisfy their tastes for the finer things. The Cabana editor in chief grew up in a Renzo Mongiardino home; she was exposed to artful excellence early on, which laid the foundation for her knowing design eye.
In the anthology, which arrives in celebration of the magazine’s fifth year and on the eve of Issue 10, you’ll find a compilation of photography, interviews, profiles, and features from contributors such as Justine Picardie, Patrick Kinmonth, Christian Louboutin and Lauren Santo Domingo.
Inside the Bergdorf Goodman pop-up shop:
The book’s cover is inspired by a Persian carpet Mondadori spotted at a private residence in London, and serves as the visual theme for Cabana’s Bergdorf Goodman pop-up shop, which opened this week at the Fifth Avenue institution and runs through October 31. Guests at the opening event gathered to peruse the book and shop the Cabana collection, another developing genre under its widening umbrella.
Also as of this week, Cabana is a fully shoppable website, with a combination of Mondadori-approved antiques and collaborations with Ginori, Aerin Lauder, and Laguna B. Head to Cabanamagazine.com or the the 7th floor of Bergdorf Goodman to take it all in.
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