M Magazine Returns!

M Magazine Returns! The first issue of M magazine, the luxury men's magazine last seen in 1992, came out last week. According to M creative director Nancy Butkus, the cover design was influenced both by European men's magazines like Port and Hutch, as well as vintage issues of Fortune. "We had a stunning 1930s Fortune as our cover inspiration, and in some way we just updated what they were doing--they had borders on the cover and so do we, but ours are asymmetrical."

The cover features a nifty logo design by Jim Parkinson, and a bright, smiley photograph of Bradley Cooper, by Jason McDonald.

  • Photograph by Jason McDonald, designer: Donna Agajanian, stylist: Alex Badia.
    Photograph by Jason McDonald, designer: Donna Agajanian, stylist: Alex Badia.
  • Photograph by Jim Krantz, designer: Nancy Butkus, stylist: Alex Badia.
    Photograph by Jim Krantz, designer: Nancy Butkus, stylist: Alex Badia.
  • Photograph by Andreas Laszlo Konrath, designer: Nancy Butkus.
    Photograph by Andreas Laszlo Konrath, designer: Nancy Butkus.
  • Designer: Donna Agajanian.
    Designer: Donna Agajanian.
  • Illustration: Topos Graphics, designer: Donna Agajanian.
    Illustration: Topos Graphics, designer: Donna Agajanian.
  • M magazine, mid-1980s.
    M magazine, mid-1980s.
  • Debut cover of the original M magazine, October 1982.
    Debut cover of the original M magazine, October 1982.


Like Fortune, M's cover is printed on a rich, thick, uncoated stock, with a felt finish, making it both a visual and tactile treat. The inside pages are simple, modern, and stylish. Published by Fairchild, M is scheduled for quarterly publication. Congratulations to Nancy and her team for a great debut!

The M visual team:

Creative director: Nancy Butkus
Photo editor: Carrie Provenzano
Designer: Donna Agajanian
Stylist: Alex Badia

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