After several years working in newspapers, magazines and communications in London, we had the idea of moving back to Cornwall and setting up our own magazine. Offering a new perspective, we wanted to present a flavour of life in Britain today that didn’t just revolve around the nation’s capital. A magazine for men and women, that was about more than just urban culture and style. A magazine that tuned into the alternative and creative side of our culture, presenting a mix of outdoor lifestyle, music, film, environment, current affairs, surf, skate, photography, graphics, illustration and fashion tied together by a distinctive visual style. Being environmentally, ethically and socially conscious was also a driving factor – we wanted to engage with an audience who wouldn’t normally pick up environmental or ethical living magazines and inspire them to make better choices, without straying into soapbox territory.
Over the years we were privileged to work with internationally famous artists, writers, photographers, illustrators, musicians and all-round great people
After months planning, researching, , editing, selling advertising and making funding applications, we launched Stranger as a bimonthly magazine in September 2004. The first few issues were free and distributed across Cornwall plus selected outlets in London, Bristol and Brighton, then Stranger’s popularity led to it being distributed across the UK through Borders bookshops and over 250 other independent outlets. Working with art directors ,Cai and Kyn and A-Side Studio, we published 16 issues in total.
Over the years we were privileged to work with internationally famous artists, writers, photographers, illustrators, musicians and all-round great people including Amy Winehouse, The Black Keys, The Magic Numbers, The Zutons, Little Barrie, José Gonzalez, Rob Machado, Laird Hamilton, Immodesty Blaize, James Lovelock, Tim Smit, Geoff McFetridge, Emmett Malloy, Aaron Rose, Michael Leon, Jim Phillips, Marcus Oakley, Paul Willoughby, Si Scott, Jon Burgerman, Swiftie, Flatliner and many more.
We also worked with some great brands including Vodafone, Red Stripe, Vladivar, Snickers, Sony, Island Records, Bestival, Atlantic Records, Tate, Eden Project, Vans, howies, Ripcurl, Gravis, Eastpak, Addict, The Co-operative and Good Energy. Building the Stranger brand beyond the printed page, we held tree-planting parties, annual Stranger snowboarding trips, Stranger exhibitions at Eden and Port Eliot Festival, several themed parties to raise money for Water Aid and the Red Cross, and created a range of Kernofornia Soul t-shirts and hoodies. Labelled as a “cult magazine”, Stranger enjoyed a readership of around 45,000, plus subscribers from as far afield as Japan, Tasmania, California and Italy.
The last issue was published in September 2007.
To get hold of a copy, browse issues in the Stranger Collective shop.