ESTILA is a British lifestyle bookazine, digital and in print, which launched in September 2015 with a mission to “empower through creative business stories”.
WHAT IS A BOOKAZINE?
Bookazine combines all the great things about a magazine – beautiful, inspiring photography and easy-to-read layouts -with the timelessness and specific appeal of books.
ESTILA is an inspirational and informative publication telling the stories of creative business owners, emerging artists and designers. It’s a lifestyle publication with a business angle. We believe that we learn most through case studies and experience. Business is not easy and so we want to share experiences, tips, lessons learnt and challenges that have been overcome so we can spark ideas and help you to progress.
ESTILA tries to avoid the information overload and so its layout and content is easy on the eye and fluid. Our strength is providing highly visual, inspiring experience and informative content without being interrupted by adverts and hard promotional pages.
FROM REAL WOMEN TO REAL WOMEN
The bookazine is written by real women who became experts and authorities in their own niches through years of experience in their professional and personal life. We only pick the best contributors we can find and hence each month our issues feature exclusive content that doesn’t become predictable.
We publish our digital issues monthly ( ESTILA EDIT ) and limited print issues quarterly ( ESTILA VOLUME ). Our website is filled with weekly, original content that is different from our issues. It serves as a platform for up-and-coming independent brands and designers to showcase their talent and tell their story. You can follow us for updates and behind the scenes on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. If you’d like to submit your product, design project or story, please go here. You can find our latest issue here.
ESTILA was founded by an interior designer and entrepreneur Karolina Barnes. After feeling overwhelmed with endless, generic information from reading print magazines, online publications and blogs, I decided to create a publication which curates the best content and focuses more on providing valuable information and inspiring stories. I want to tell you life stories of the women I meet, who are passionate about the things they do and the businesses they run. Through their stories, I hope, we can trigger a spark in you, which will set you on a new journey so even you can grow and reach your own potential. To find out more about our team, please click here.
SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
We focus on featuring local (not global) design and creativity. Most brands we interview and feature are championing local manufacturing, craftsmanship and sustainability. To reflect that, we print our bookazine in the U.K. Moreover, our distribution is very exclusive with each copy going into the hands of a reader who treasures it rather than throws it away. Learning about the print publishing industry and how wasteful and harmful to our planet it is, this is something which is very important to us.
We believe that running a business gives us the opportunity to do good. Through our bookazine subscriptions, events and other collaborative projects we raise money for Brain Tumour Charity UK. You can read Karolina’s story and reason why we support this charity here.
Our readers are design-obsessed and love discovering new designers, brands and artists. Most of our readers are collecting our bookazine volumes because they love to hang on to its content for future reference or a dose of inspiration. Our readership includes interior designers, interiors bloggers and influencers, stylists, fashion designers, graphic designers, artists, illustrators and other creatives. Here is what they say about it:
Sophisticated, female empowering style and business focused. I love reading the real stories, interviews with powerful women and creative inspiration. Rosanna
I’m always looking forward to the next Estila coming through the letterbox. SO much inspiration and great interviews! Trish
Love the ethos of Estila magazine. Clare
Each Estila cover is absolutely stunning. Love all the content. Tiana
Love discovering new brands and reading all the empowering stories. So inspirational. Vicki
It’s such a great mix of interiors/fashion, inspiration and sound advice. I don’t know anything else like it. I’d stopped buying magazines to be honest because they are full of the same old stuff. So great work! Georgie
ATELIER OF SUCCESS
Atelier of Success was created in January 2017 to support small emerging designers in interiors and fashion, independent lifestyle brands, up-and-coming artists and other creatives on their business journeys. It’s a growing community where we share knowledge through transparency and honesty, and encourage brand collaborations. We also provide business mentoring and write regular business related articles.
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