Martin Usborne and Ann Waldvogel of Hoxton Mini Press

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Hoxton Mini Press: The small publisher that’s created a book-selling brand

People don’t tend to shop for books by publisher. But three years after Hoxton Mini Press released its first photobook, it has built up something of a cult following. Big publishers have long dominated the market for expensive coffee table books, but now a tiny two person book maker is edging its way into people’s living rooms. Hoxton Mini Press’ …

Agi & Sam, menswear founders

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Picking the right collaborators

Menswear brand Agi & Sam took off in 2012 when they collaborated with Liberty and Topman. This stimulated growth but also had significant financial and operational repercussions. Its founders give their advice on what to think about when picking company partners. When recent graduates Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton met while working at Alexander McQueen in 2008, it was difficult to fathom how they …

Seth Troxler

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Q&A: Seth Troxler – ‘I’m basically a street hustler’

Seth Troxler is an American techno DJ, producer and record-label owner. He also puts on events and has a residency at Fabric. He grew up in Detroit but has made London his base in recent years. Beyond music, Troxler launched his Smokey Tails BBQ pop-up in Hackney Wick three years ago and in April this year it moved to a …

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The struggle to keep London’s nightclub business alive

Nightclubs are shutting down at a surprisingly fast rate with complaints of crime taking a toll. However, owners prove they are here to stay and describe the methods taken to adapt to their new climate. 25 Aug 2016 Running nightclubs has never been a business for the faint-hearted, but the current climate is testing the wit and invention of London’s promoters …

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How Boiler Room was born

Blaise Bellville is the Marlborough-educated bashment DJ who built a music broadcast platform that wants to be the new MTV. An ill-conceived property venture inadvertently gave birth to Boiler Room, one of the most talked-about media businesses around today. Blaise Bellville lied to the building’s owner about investors and tenants he didn’t have in what was his latest wheeze to …

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South-east London’s nightlife success stories

A small group in Peckham are putting on parties that could well make them the unlikely heroes keeping London’s after-hours culture alive. Somewhere after the succession of hair weaves and fish being hawked on Rye Lane is a grubby red door next to a closed down chiropodist. A sign that looks like it’s been there since the 1980s at the …

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Street art and its transformation from subculture to the mass market

Street art is starting to crash through the established art market, and a crop of one-time vandals are becoming ‘rock-star artists’, with buyers willing to pay big money for their work. Not that long ago Conor Harrington was dodging police as he sprayed graffiti across Dublin, irritating property owners and the council who had to jet wash his paint off their walls. He’s …