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collab 01 : by_lisamok x issue28

musings : the contemporary woman

Every decade there is a woman who emerges, in which her choices—from her style of dress to the way she loves—becomes the lens through which we see the world. Today, this woman—The Contemporary Woman—has a kinship to the craftsman of the past, navigates the present with both strength and grace, all while dreaming of the future. With that in mind, we asked three Contemporary Women we know to describe their relationship with everything from nostalgia to selfie culture—in three words or less (because a true Contemporary Woman loves a good challenge). Their answers, however, are not to be tallied and quantified, for it is a Contemporary Woman’s ability to defy definition, to be free of labels and to transform, quietly and confidently from one decade to the next that makes her undeniably modern.

aliyah shamsher - founder/creative director of issue28



rita liefhebber -  founder/creative director of liefhuis studio


In three words or less, how would you describe your relationship to:

Nostalgia –  summer nights at Harveys (four words but that's ok)

The Present – the only certainty

Culture – activity with perspective

The Selfie – intriguing mass obsession

Love – the whole point

Aging – inner self comfort



sisters nikoo saber + shadan saber : founders of the social collective

In three words or less, how would you describe your relationship to:


Nostalgia – undeniable

The Present – awareness

Culture – essential

The Selfie – excessive

Love – mindless heart

Aging – inevitable


Nostalgia –  escaping it

The Present – living it

Culture – quality

The Selfie – too much

Love – electric

Aging – sexy