Fantastic Man is a biannual men's fashion and lifestyle magazine. Since its beginning in 2005 it has presented contemporary men's fashion and interviews with celebrities and intellectuals, including Tom Ford, Helmut Lang, Evan McGregor and Matthew Slotover. Wolfgan Tillmans, Terry Richardson, Juergen Teller and Bruce Weber are among many contributors featured in the magazine.
The publisher, Top Publishers, is based in Amsterdam and is well know for other titles including a sister publication, The Gentlewoman, as well as BUTT, a gay culture magazine. Though the magazine comes out only every few month, the Fantastic Man website is updated with a Daily Recommendation.
Fantastic Man is edited by Jop van Bennekom and Gert Jonkers. The former has also been the editor and art director of Re-Magazine, launched just after his graduation from a graphic design course in 1997. He's been recognised as one of the most influential magazine designers in Europe.
The editors created another magazine with a very distinctive style. As mentioned in one of the interviews, the magazine is bridging the gap and was created for "30-plus guys who don't want to wear sportswear anymore but also maybe don't wanna wear suits yet—something in between".
The most current issue of Fantastic Man features the singer of the XX, Mr. Oliver Sim, on the cover. This 16th issue is divided into four chapters. Chapter One is about style and lifestyle recommendations for the Autumn and Winter season. Readers can find out about the Dutch culinary traditions and enjoy interviews with not so ordinary men of different professions.
Chapter two is a great fashion editorial by photographer Alasdair McLellan and stylist Jonathan Kaye. The 'Man of the British Isles' is a journey around the beautiful and dramatic landscapes of Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, featuring 21 man from around the UK.
The third chapter features fantastic interviews with the director Roman Coppola, photographer Ryan McGinley, and Holly Jahnson of Frankie Goes to Hollywood. There is also a profile of Giorgio Moroder, Italian music producer and songwriter, responsible for hits such as 'Call Me' or 'Together in Electric Dreams', and an interview with Oliver Sim, featured on the cover.
The fourth chapter shows another great editorial, 'Alpinism'. Shot by Zoe Gherter and styled by Jodie Barnes, it is a great introduction the the winter season.
The great quality of the magazine always makes you look forward to the next issue. Fantastic Man has its distinctive style, mixing great sense of humour with good journalism, and definitely stands out from other men's fashion magazines on the news stand.
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