41 year-old Joerg Koch is the founder and editor-in-chief of 032c, the thinking man’s fashion magazine. Koch’s magazine is consistently filled with fashion’s most reticent figures, including Martin Margiela, eager to contribute thanks to Koch’s erudite, intellectual and artistic approach to the industry.
At a time in which everyone is questioning the relevance of print publishing, 032c doesn’t seem to be suffering, largely because it actually has something to say. With unparalleled watershed and watercooler features like ‘Who is Steven Miesel?’ (an exclusive interview with Miesel featuring a 16-page foldout archive of all his Vogue Italia covers spanning 1988 to 2008) or ‘Hip, Hop, You Don’t Stop’ (a detailed portrait of the legendary German publisher Gerhard Stiedl), 032c interviews all the people you’ve ever wanted to know about, only before you’ve even realised it.
The quality and intellectual rigour of its features never underestimates the intelligence of its readership – where else would you find ‘A Structural Analysis of Vogue Paris’? Visually the magazine is equally daring, championing innovative young photographers such as Danko Steiner and Daniel Sannwald. And, with 032c’s archive of back issues now available to read online, a comprehensive interactive source of wisdom, the originality and scope of Koch’s editorial approach is out there for all to witness.
Industrie credits Koch with “with restoring proper journalistic values to fashion publishing, there’s little doubt that since its conception in 1999, o32c has set the most significant editorial agenda since The Face.” Koch himself describes the magazine and his editorial style as “Vanity Fair on crack.”