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Esquire UK May/June 2021

Every month Esquire covers a diverse range of topics from music to politics, health to fashion, lifestyle tips to inspiring features and, of course, beautiful women. Esquire's heritage of top-class writing and quality journalism, combined with A-list celebrity coverage and great photography gives the readers an informing and entertaining package every month. Esquire is the sharper read for Men who Mean Business.

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United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
7 Issues

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1 min

Over recent months you might have witnessed — perhaps even first-hand! — the phenomenon of queues of would-be customers, many brandishing recently acquired puppies, snaking, seemingly forever, from the doorways of fancy bakeries. What did we learn from this (other than the fact that none of us, queuers and social-media gripers alike, had enough to do)? Answer: we all love a pastry. A pastry, you say. But which one? The croissant, of course, is still king of the patisserie patch, with its gauche cousins the pain au chocolat and almond croissant making occasional sallies. In recent years, there have been daring assaults from the nightmarish cronut (don’t even talk to us about cruffins), and the kouign-amann, a caramelised, buttery pastry puff from Brittany whose tastiness was no doubt hampered by it…

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Whether it’s an A-list celebrity captured by a big-name photographer (next issue), or an archive shot of a pop icon (last issue), or a graphic designer’s riff on a theme (this issue), the image and treatment that makes it onto the cover of Esquire is rarely, if ever, the first one tried and presented. For our Cheerful Issue, creative director Nick Millington’s challenge was to magic a cover from nothing more than a few words and the brief that whatever he came up with, it should be colourful and upbeat. Any of the four shown here would have made a handsome cover, but none did. Appropriately, throughout the process he remained unfailingly cheerful himself. (Ha! — Ed.)…

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kick back!

You might have already added the pizza oven and fire pit in an effort to upgrade your enforced surroundings over the last year, so what’s next? Well, if winter reignited your film addiction, surely the least you can do this summer is take that habit outdoors. Home projector technology has really come on in recent years, making an atmospheric and hassle-free al fresco viewing of Casablanca more realistic than ever. All right, Con Air, if you must. While super-high-end 1080P or 4k indoor projectors are tempting, they’re also bigger and more complex and can require some serious setting up. Let’s face it, roadie-on-the-Pyramid-Stage is not the hosting vibe you’re going for as your guests hit that second bowl of popcorn. Plus, the resolution offered by the very best projectors might be wasted…

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The story of the trainer is the story of pop culture, sporting performance, hype, globalisation, industrial design, technical innovation, late capitalism and the internet. It is a story for our times. By 2025, the trainer industry is, according to market analysts Grand View Research, predicted to be worth £68bn. And it’s not just about churning out cheap, lightweight running shoes. The trainer has penetrated haute couture — Dior now collaborates with Nike! — and establishment art institutions like Sotheby’s clamour for rare models that can fetch hundreds of thousands on the auctioneer’s block. And now, a new exhibition aims to untangle the sporting, cultural and design relevance of trainers, to explain where the phenomenon came from and where it’s going. “If you think about putting on an exhibition with work that…

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little boy

AS A CHILD WHO ENJOYED SCANNING BOOKS ON shelves more than actually reading them, the spine of one Penguin Classic in our dining room stood out. Hiroshima by John Hersey. Here was a real-life published author with the same surname as mine, and to a nine-year-old who’d never come across another Hersey in the wild, this was an intoxicating discovery. I should point out that the entertainment benchmark was considerably lower in 1986. I hoped the good-looking Ivy League professor might be a distant relative on the American branch. The faded cover and yellowing pages told me it was old, though, and old meant obscure. The single word title, too, was definitely a turn-off. I already knew Hiroshima as a byword for horror on a scale it was best not to…