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16 of the Best Instagram Accounts for Archive Fashion Inspiration

Fill your feed with the best archive fashion inspiration.

 

If you’re guilty of loosing hours a day spent endlessly scrolling Instagram, turn it into an educational affair. Amidst the streetwear hype, selfies and throwbacks lurk many nuggets of Instagram gold worthy of a follow. This time, having already located the 20 best t-shirt brands to keep an eye on in 2018, we’re looking to Instagram’s book stores that serve incredible fashion inspiration, from the OG cult online seller @idea.ltd, to New York’s @dashwood_books.

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1. @idea.ltd

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With an IRL store located in each of Dover Street Market’s outposts around the world, IDEA are arguably one of fashion’s most hyped book sellers (with 300k+ followers to prove it). Having started out dealing vintage titles, founders Angela Hill and David Owen now publish limited edition books championing the work of photographers like Collier Schorr and Willy Vanderperre.

2. @rarebooksparis

As the name suggests, French sellers @rarebooksparis deal with out of print books and magazines – from signed copies of Raf Simons Redux, to early issues of Self Service magazine. Each item is posted on their Instagram page – they have no physical store – accompanied by an email address that customers must pen a request to, should they wish to make a purchase.

3. @wildlifearchive

Follow @wildlifearchive for cultural throwbacks that straddle the intersection between fashion and dance music. More than just an archive – its curator Steve Terry is a collector, publisher and exhibition curator – Wild Life Archive also publishes collaborative printed matter, from a Martine Rose look book, to Sign of the Times, a book celebrating Fiona Cartledge’s subversive 90s fashion boutique of the same name.

4. @dashwood_books

@dashwood_books is an independent bookstore and publisher in New York’s NoHo that has been dedicated to hand-sourcing contemporary photography titles since 2005. In 2008, they started publishing their own titles, the first of which being The Chance is Higher by Ari Marcopoulos.

5. @donlonbooks

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London’s @donlonbooks specialises in hard to come by books and magazines that document photography, fashion, music, and counterculture – from Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between by The Costume Institute’s curator Andrew Bolton, to the catalogue for the seminal exhibition This Is Tomorrow, that took place in London’s Whitechapel Gallery in 1956.

6. @clairederouenbooks

Claire de Rouen sell sought after fashion, art and photography publications, alongside magazines like Baroness and Holiday. They’ve moved form their Soho, London attic to a spot in Bethnal Green, but you can’t just wander in – simply slide into their DMs 24 hours in advance to fix an appointment, and you’ll be welcomed with open arms.

7. @tenderbooks

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Tender Books’ name is echoed in their cherry picked edit of, often overlooked, fashion, art and design publications – many of which are prefixed by the disclaimer, “exceptionally rare, no copy in the British Library”. Aside from selling books, their Central London Cecil Court store hosts weekly launches, readings and exhibitions that support their growing community.

8. @novemberbooks

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November is a London-based book store and research archive that’s famed for its rare fashion tomes. From 2000-1′ Maison Martin Margiela by Mark Borthwick – a collector’s delight – to the 16-page book and postcards that accompanied Raf Simons’ monumental SS98 “Black Palms” show – our advice when shopping? Act quickly, it won’t be there long.

9. @tailorbooks

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From 90s look books (cue: a Calvin Klein booklet shot by Steven Meisel) and Bill Cunnigham’s reflections on the collections shown on the runway in the 1980s, to Fendi furniture brochures – Tailor Books is your go-to destination for the finest fashion documents to have been put in print. Based in Paris, it boasts a gallery too, and the team are at hand to source individual requests.

10. @books_and_photographs

Another Parisian seller, Books and Photographs specialises in fashion and culture titles, each of which is teased as a video on their Instagram account. Expect Guy Bourdin lensed issues of Vogue Paris alongside the work of Japanese photographer Yoshihiro Tatsuki.

11. @photobookstore

Describing themselves as an “online phonebook emporium”, Photo Book Store does what it says on the tin: provides us with some of the most striking photography books to have ever been sent to print. Those shared recently include Perry Ogden’s latest release Paddy & Liam and Nobuyoshi Araki’s 1980s series, Pseudo Reportage.

12. @mack_books

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Mack Books’ carefully curated Instagram feed is almost as good as its selection of books. With an about page that simply reads, “books with artists, writers and curators” – Mack is the low-key publisher releasing photography titles with high-key names, from Larry Sultan, to Broomberg and Chanarin. Look out for Janet Delaney’s Public Matters later in the year.

13. @aintbad

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Priding themselves on the publication of new photographic Aint–Bad is an independent venture born in Savannah, Georgia, that’s out to champion fresh, progressive talent around the world. The criteria? Thought provoking imagery. Or in their words, “ Images have the power to influence us today and inform us tomorrow”.

14. @morelbooks

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Brixton-based booksellers Morel Books serve out of print books that will have you checking their site daily. Look out for titles like David Armstrong’s Night & Day compendium of New York’s late 70s, early 80s underground scene, or Corinne Day’s May The Circle Remain Unbroken, sold at prices that won’t break the bank.

15. @10x10photobooks

So 10×10 Photobook per se, but you should hit follow. In fact, it’s a non-profit organisation on a mission to enhance engagement with the photobook community on a global level, by hosting multi-faceted public events from reading rooms, to online communities. If you can’t make it to their events, their Instagram account is the second best thing.

16. @press_sf

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As explained in their bio, San Francisco’s Press SF sells “rare/forgotten books we like”. The title they favour are shared via their stories and feed, and the team advise you to “pay in one hour to claim”. Expect archive design books chronicling the interiors of the 80s, alongside books that walk the line between decor and fashion – for example, cult title Wear Your Chair: When Fashion Meets Interior Design.

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