Kim Hastreiter, Co-Founder of PAPER magazine, stands for amazingness
Mickey: What do you stand for, Kim?
Kim: I stand for amazingness. I love to find people who are amazing and do amazing things and connect them with each other so that they can collaborate together and make something quadruple amazing.
David: How do you connect with these people?
Kim: Sometimes I'll find their work and I'll "stalk" them until I get to know them. But I don't think everyone is amazing - I'm pretty picky.
David: What do you look for in great people and work?
Kim: I look for creative people who are eccentric and quirky. People who are excellent at what they do, who are rigorous and who have amazing ideas that they execute amazingly. And I love people who are visionary -- people who are open-minded and love new experiences and meeting new people. They're not "ghettoized" in their thinking.
Mickey: What kinds of things do you find amazing?
Kim: It could be art, design, it could be a magazine -- anything. Years ago, someone told me, "Don't ever surround yourself with anything that's not great." So every single thing that I own or have in my home and around me falls under that. It's not about expensiveness, though -- it's about good design. Aesthetics are really important to me.
David: Who are some people you love right now?
Kim: I'm obsessed with art that's being made at Creative Growth Center in Oakland by people with mental or physical disabilities. I think that art is some of the purest and most amazing art I've ever seen. I also love Tauba Auerbach who's really my favorite artist of all. When I met Tauba, she was one of the people I "stalked" because I saw something that I thought was great. She did this beautiful drawing of the letter "A" -- it was really big and was ornate, beautiful typography.
Mickey: How do you balance searching for new talented people while staying loyal to old friends whose work you love?
Kim: Well, I always say, "Can you be a genius and then next year not be a genius?" It doesn't work that way. I never bought into that. I collect people. But I also think new ideas and new ways of thinking really inspire older people. I hate when older people are negative and say things like, "Oh, this or that used to be good but it's not good anymore." It's just as good today as it always was. It's just different.
Mickey: David, what do you stand for?
David: I stand for free speech. Free speech through symbols, clothing, the ways people express themselves. Let your freak flag fly!
Kim: David, are there any people you can think of whom you admire for the way they've defended free speech?
David: Well, I chose to be photographed in Union Square Park and it's a place I remember from my youth where people used to speak on a soapbox. They'd just stand and talk about whatever - even if there was nobody listening, they would still be talking, whether about communism or some other radical view of the economy.
Mickey: Do you think there are any circumstances under which speech should be restricted?
David: The classic example is you don't have the right to scream "Fire!" in a movie theater because it could endanger others if it's not a real fire. But otherwise, I do think even if people are speaking hate speech, they should still be allowed to do that even though I may totally disagree with what they're saying. I think it's worse to try to stamp that out. It actually gives it more strength in a way, rather than just letting it air itself out and eventually go away.
Kim: How do you think free speech issues have been impacted by technology?
David: Certainly the Internet has changed everything because free speech used to be more about the media and people, but now it's everyone. Now there are horrible bullying situations where you see kids hurting themselves or committing suicide because of people attacking them verbally online so that's a new free speech issue.
Mickey Boardman, Editorial Director of PAPER magazine, stands for cruelty-free living
Kim: Mickey, what do you stand for?
Mickey: I stand for cruelty-free living. I am like those animal shelters that have a "no kill" policy. In my life, I have a "no kill" policy. I think you shouldn't kill animals for food, for clothing or just for no reason - that even includes bugs.
Kim: Has it been hard to do this while being in the fashion industry?
Mickey: It has been hard. I love fashion and luxury shopping and the hard thing is a lot of designers will do something in plastic or other non-leather products but then sew a little patch of leather on it. I love that these are vegan shoes and they're pink. And I love that they're visually marked as "vegan." It's nice to have the same feeling in a Dr. Martens store that I get in a restaurant with vegetarian options - I know there's always going to be something for me. I feel included.
Kim: What do you think has to happen for more designers to start introducing cruelty-free products?
Mickey: I think people need to recognize that things can be fabulous that are cruelty-free and it's a dimension that makes something even more fabulous. People went crazy for my pink Dr. Martens when I Instagrammed them. They just see them as fabulous - it doesn't matter to them that they're cruelty-free. I love that a company like Dr. Martens that does a vegan option because the thing that people assume is that "Oh you're vegan, you don't wear animal products, you must be a hippie who lives in Portland and wears hemp shoes." Just because I'm cruelty-free doesn't mean I don't love style. And Dr. Martens is one of the labels that has such a strong identity. You mention Dr. Martens to almost anyone and they get a visual of the lace-up boots and standing for something.
Kim: Dr. Martens are not for wimps. They're for people who kick ass. It's not a wallflower or wussy statement. You have to have strong convictions to wear a pair of Dr. Martens.
David: I agree. They also connote a certain sense of rebellion. They aren't just a pair of shoes.
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