Issue 1

Hello, how are you?

It’s prime spring here in NYC.

There’s new energy afoot. Even if we can’t quite see our destination, we are pressing forward and committing to doing things differently.

Sounds fun, right?

I’d love to offer you some zippy aspirational nuggets about how cool it is that we are all resonating at a new, higher frequency after such a long and dark year (decade?), but the truth is, in the present tense, this shit is scary!

It all feels so raw.

And weird.

We are in need of some relief.

For many of us, 2020 forced us to do the Viking thing. After setting sail for new terrains, our boats were burned. No turning back.

We had to learn how to make sense of our new surroundings and, you know, not be captured or eaten by demons or dragons. Did you know that dragons love to eat sweatpants? They are allergic to gluten so sourdough is off the menu.

Thankfully, it’s the simple things that can keep us grounded and, if we are lucky, in touch with the divine for a few minutes of “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else doing anything else”-style bliss.

For Eddie and I, a lot of those trascendental moments don’t happen on the mat. They happen when we are engaging with the aesthetic world, and especially when we are connecting with like-minded community leaders, high vibe dandies, generous teachers, and semi-sarcastic punk rock weirdos.

When we started putting this new issue together, the theme that kept coming up was the relationship between beauty and connection.

I think beauty is often sold as a self-contained, commoditized thing.

“This is my shirt, not yours.”

“You can’t afford this, but I can.”

Etc.

That’s the old game.

It’s tired and corny.

I think the common thread that links all the fabulous people we featured in this new issue of WITH is that their creativity seeks connection above individuation.

Whether sharing songs, outfits, paintings, teachings, or Yoga classes, the intended audience is always part of the equation. There’s generosity and genuine communication there.

Art is a gift and we feel fortunate to be able to share it WITH you.

We hope this publication inspires you to connect with the people and causes that make your world feel richer, more alive, and more connected.

If you like what you see, drop us a line! We’d love to keep the conversations going.

Peace,

Elliot Aronow

Creative & Editorial Director @WITH