2016 will forever be a special one for Herewith. It’s the year we started this whole thing. We may have only been around since March, which is when we launched the site, but for only being around for 9 months (give or take), we sure have a hell of a lot to show for it. As we close the door on 2016, we thought it would be fitting to do a ‘Herewith Top 10’ to list—what we thought—were the best moments, stories, people, and photos from this year.
It wasn’t easy. When you’re working for a magazine/media company, everything’s day to day. You get done with one thing, then it’s right on to the next, working against deadlines, and so on and so on. You move through everything at such a rapid pace, often forgetting to just stop and slow down to appreciate how beautiful all of this is and has been. How we get to work with and meet so many fascinating people who do extraordinary things, travel to beautiful places, have the freedom to create, find some meaning in it all, and share it with you. When that’s what you’re doing every day, it’s hard to choose ‘favorites amongst favorites’, if you will.
But we did. And in doing so, it made us really, really, REALLY excited for 2017. So have a look at the 2016 Herewith Top 10 (honestly not in any specific order), drink some champagne, steal a kiss at midnight, and we’ll see you in the New Year!
1. Wild Aloha
We did this shoot with Monyca Eleogram and Manei Kinimaka during our week-long stay on the North Shore earlier this month. A few things went wrong leading up to the shoot, but come the day of, everything fell into place. It was one of those perfect days on the North Shore, a thing that can only be described as magical.
This thing got crazy. Seeing as it was our first magazine release, we didn’t even know if people knew about us and would show up. We really had no idea what to expect. Clearly, because we threw the party in our office. The band was playing where we sit everyday and work. It’s safe to say everyone had a good time and no offices were harmed in the duration of this party.
This was the first shoot we ever did with Jeffery Jones, and hopefully the first of many to come. We love working with him. The guy’s a mad-man. He’s a genius at what he does and brings a little grunge to what we’re doing. It’s an edginess we wanted from the beginning, and an element we love. Feels Like ’73 was shot in Coney Island and is spread across multiple pages of Issue 001. If you have a copy, flip through the pages. You’ll know Jeffery’s work when you see it.
I think we love this piece so much because we really just have FOMO and wish we were a part of what the Velwet girls are doing.
The term ‘gypsy’ is often overused and misused. But Lola Mignot really is a gypsy. We swear. But it takes getting to know her to realize how nomadic her lifestyle really is. So read the full thing in Issue 002.
Jeff Divine sent us some photos from his archives—dug out from the specific folder that read 70s/80s. Vintage photos from a legendary surf photographer. Do we even have to tell you to go look at these?
7. Jesse Kam
One of our life goals is to own a pair of Kamm pants. Maybe even a few of them if we’re lucky. Elisa Routa interviewed Jesse Kamm for Issue 001 about designing her own line of clothes and her insane vacation home in Bocas del Toro that she also designed and her husband engineered. She’s a really rad and inspiring woman with an eye for style and the vacation home of our dreams.
8. Kimi Werner
Kimi Werner is a freediver, spearfishing woman who collects sustainable food from the ocean and on land. She’s also a certified culinary chef. Again, really cool chick who does it all and then some.
9. Hideout Bali
Hideout Bali is one of our favorite places we highlighted in our Someday series. It’s a one bedroom house that was built in 2015, hidden away in the mountains of the Gunung Agung volcano, made entirely of bamboo, nestled next to a flowing river, and surrounded by rice fields. If you want to get off the grid for a while, this is your place.
10. We Are Cats
We featured Filippa Edghill, a painter and illustrator originally from Sweden, in Issue 002. At 20, she moved to San Francisco, then moved back to Sweden, eventually traveling down to Biarritz via van. You might think the name of this (We Are Cats) makes no sense. But it actually does if you read the full thing, which you’ll have to just get a copy to see.