Meet: Tori West
Tori West is making her way in the fashion industry in a pastel pink haze. Founder of BRICKS Magazine turned zine publisher, Tori creates a super stylish platform for fashion, art and music. Balancing the demands of 'real life' and continuing to create and collaborate, we chat to Tori about flying the flag for young creatives.
Tell us about your journey so far, how did you start Bricks?
BRICKS started as a 64-page project as part of my final year of university. As part of my dissertation, I wrote a business plan on how I would keep it afloat, I was super lucky as they helped me fund the print when I graduated. I kept it going because I fell in love with how many interesting creatives I was meeting, most of the people I've worked alongside it are good friends of mine. The project provides me with a sense of purpose, I want to give young people a voice who don't necessarily have the platform themselves to share it. We live in such uncertain times, I just want to give people and myself, a sense of positivity, knowing there are people in the world who give a shit.
What was it like working in the industry and keeping Bricks alive?
The most difficult thing about working in the industry whilst running Bricks was the balance. I was living and working in Bristol full-time when I started it, using my days off for fashion week and travelling to London for meetings. I was exhausted. I was offered a position at i-D which convinced me to move to London, I loved it and was probably the first time I actually felt comfortable somewhere but still, the balance was off, I was so busy I couldn't work on my own projects as much. Now I self-publish projects whilst running BRICKS, I also work at Village, helping them develop their upcoming editorial platform which gives me a sense of security and stability.
What's the hardest thing facing young creatives today?
The lack of support and money in comparison to the cost of living. Also I think when you leave education, there's this pressure to be a successful person and one of the hardest things to learn was that we all move at our own pace, don't let yourself crush your own ambition just because you feel self-conscious of what stage you are in with your career in comparison to your age. Like, what does a successful person even look like anyway?
What would be your advice to anyone starting out in publishing?
Take your time, get as much experience as possible, don't ever rush it.
Describe your ultimate day out? Including food suggestions!
My ultimate day out is when I visit one of my best friends Caity in Paris. I don't see her that much, we have such a laugh and she takes me to all these cool food and coffee places I can never remember the name of. I don't see my dad as much as I'd like, so I'd bring him along and roam around the museums all day.
Do you have a favourite album/artist you're listening to right now?
My friend Ellie is a singer in a band called Sälen, who are actually my favourite band at the moment. They haven't realised their album yet, but you can listen to them on iTunes or sound cloud. But as a warning, their songs will be stuck in your head for days, they're super catchy.
When was the last time you fucked up?
I fuck up so much that I wrote an entire zine about it (@Disaster.zine) and because I keep fucking up, there's another one coming out for Valentine's day.
Is there anything you're looking forward to in 2017?
Working alongside new creatives and meeting new people now I live in London, launching my art-erotica publication, FLAPS and building Village's editorial platform.
Best place you've travelled to this year?
I went to Malta last year which was so chill, it was so nice to experience some sun for a little bit. I went to Paris 4 times last year, it's like my second home.
What would you like to read about in the next issue of Riposte?
Honestly, Riposte is such an inspiring publication. Please just keep introducing me to new artists and intelligent conversation!