In the echelon of magazines I was willing to pay $20 an issue for, Inventory was right up there at the top. Since 2009, Inventory has published some of the most in-depth profiles and editorials of the people and places in high quality menswear.
Inventory also had an online and retail stores in New York City and Vancouver, both of which closed last year, leaving only the magazine. Well, no longer. Founder Ryan Williams announced today via email that their current FW 15 issue will be their last and all of Inventory will be shutting down.
“After seven years, we’ve decided to stop publishing Inventory. We’re extremely grateful to everyone that has supported the magazine by advertising with us or selling it in their stores; to those of you that have purchased a copy; and to the people and brands that have helped to bring our pages to life over the course of thirteen issues.
“Making this magazine has been such a valuable experience. The lessons learned, knowledge gained, and relationships cemented could never be replaced, and it’s a journey that I’ll remember forever. Due to the content and the people involved, it’s been a very personal project from the start, and I have to say the biggest thank you to my colleagues along the way. I want to acknowledge the pivotal work of Simon Roe from the beginning to the very end, as well as the roles played by Philip Watts and Owen Parrott, Stephen Mann and Anthony Hooper, Matthew Klassen and Chris Allen. Without your dedication Inventory would not have reached the same heights.
“I look back on the legacy of what we’ve created with awe and pride, but the publishing landscape has shifted and it feels like the right time to move on, to conclude things with arguably our best issue, and pursue new challenges and opportunities.”
As Ryan mentions, the publishing landscape is shifting and this closure comes as just one of many in menswear media. Since November of last year, we’ve also seen the shuttering of Free & Easy, Details, Four Pins, and Selectism only this week folded into Highsnobiety.
So light a up a Joya scented candle and pour one out of a hand-thrown ceramic mug, Inventory, you had a great run!