Welcome to The Holborn.
We are a group of writers who share a common appreciation for quality. We are on a continual search for the best in design, apparel and craft. We search high and low for those hard working bartenders, tailors, food-stall holders, entrepreneurs and eccentrics who go the extra mile for their keep. We believe firmly in quality not luxury. That the enjoyment of well-made, quality goods enhances life and should be celebrated. We believe that such a life should not have to cost the earth and can be enjoyed by all.
The Holborn began in 2012 as theholbornmag.com by graduates of Royal Holloway College, out of a shared love of culture, style, craft and individuality.
In late 2013, we opened The Holborn Workshop, a retail and event space, cafe and bar, as a unique space that embodies what The Holborn magazine represents. We have brought together a collection of companies, artisans and makers who we admire into an Artisans Collective to celebrate great design and quality production. The space has also hosted a number of events, including talks, drinks tastings, live music and workshops, all to celebrate craft heritage and merriment.
Now we want to bring The Holborn magazine to print.
We as a team have always been great lovers of print and the world of independent magazines. The Holborn started as an idea with conversations in the Princess Louise Pub on High Holborn, accompanied by piles of magazines acquired by trips to Charlotte Street News. We have always felt it would be disingenuous of us to celebrate beautifully made things and their makers if we also didn't ourselves make something beautiful.
Our stories are timeless; they are about individuals creating things they love. We want The Holborn to become a treasured collectable to slide into your magazine rack, ready to be pulled out in many years time to be enjoyed all over again.
Fora teaser of what to expect from Issue 1, watch this short video featuring two of the great artisans we have interviewed: Sebastian Cox of Sebastian Cox Furniture and Daniel Harris of the London Cloth Company.
While we're still finalizing the details, our print magazine will be approximately 8" x 9.5", 100 pages, matte finish, filled with colour images, illustrations, and text.
All of our backers' names will be printed in the dedication page of Issue 1 of the print magazine, no matter the pledge amount.
At £9, you be one of the first to receive Issue 1 of the print magazine, delivered right to your postbox.
At £20, we'll send you our freshly designed Holborn tote bag in addition to Issue 1.
At £35, you'll get a one-year subscription to The Holborn print magazine (Issues 1-4).
Pledge £50 for our original illustrated map of The Holborn London pub stroll (A2 size) and Issue 1 of our print magazine.
In exchange for a £75 pledge, you'll get an exclusive Holborn membership, tote bag, and one-year subscription to the print magazine. The Holborn Membership will avail you to exclusive invitations to special events, discounts, and all-around Holborn VIP treatment.
Know a great brand or craftsman? For £300 we'll feature an artisan of your choice* in a 2014 or 2015 print issue. In addition, we'll send you a framed copy of the article as your (or their) very own keepsake.
*subject to approval by The Holborn editor-in-chief. Selected artisan must be able to conduct an interview in English either in-person (UK-based) or via video conference.
Thank you for your support!
We are excited for you to join us on our journey of telling the stories of those who create a well-made life. Our goal is to enrich your life by sharing their stories. So it is that we invite you to come in, put your feet up and relax with us.
With Thanks from The Holborn Team,
Morgan, Joshua, Anna, Julia, Nico & Andy.
Risks and challenges
This is our first venture into print media. However, we have already done extensive research and feel confident that our publication process will be smooth and efficient. We have established excellent relationships with our writers, designers and printers, as well as a strong readership and fan base from our online magazine and pop-up shop in East London.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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