New Year's Resolutions

What Industry Players Are Looking Forward To in 2021

Key Takeaways

  1. Days, weeks, and months of fear and turmoil became a year and with it also came unforeseeable and terminal changes to creative industries.
  2. Change became an involuntary act and resolutions were brought forward by force only to leave the producers of culture with the concern of what remains after the storm has passed.
  3. Industry professionals across art, retail, publishing, and photography advocate for change and self-reflection through creativity.

Another year has passed and the memories of early-2020 lockdowns seem so far away and yet the public is still looking Covid-19 right in its wide gaping eye. Days, weeks, and months of fear and turmoil became a year and with it also came unforeseeable and terminal changes to creative industries. Change became an involuntary act and resolutions were brought forward by force only to leave the producers of culture with the concern of what remains after the storm has passed. 

A number of changes have happened throughout the year and the undisclosed side-effect of shutting down creative systems has brought culture to the breaking point due to mass termination of employees, complete shutdown across editorial, retail, fashion shows, and wholesale. The lines of what creative industries used to do and what they are now forced to do in order to survive professionally, not to mention creatively have left all realms of creative production perplexed.

Through the far-reaching cracks in our system caused by the pandemic, the light will eventually shine through–if not now, soon. Industry professionals across art, retail, publishing, and photography generously shared their new year’s resolution for 2021. Through their resolutions, hope for change and self-reflection through creativity reigns as 2020 comes to a long-awaited close.

Duran Lantink, SS20


“My new year's resolution is finding allies who can help me grow and find deadstock. I think we have proven last season that repurposing is the new chic.”

Duran Lantink, Designer


“After 2020, I know that 2021 will be a year of creativity and rejuvenation. So, my resolution is to get CALA in the hands of far more creators and perpetuate our mission of empowering creators everywhere.”

—Andrew Wyatt, CEO at CALA

HighTech, a magazine by Highsnobiety, 2020


“My new year's resolution is to write more. Not even just for my own platform or other magazines, but just as part of my thinking process in general. Last week, I wrote an essay about the recent death of David Dinkins, the former mayor of New York, who was one of my professors in school. It was about gentrification, and historical what-ifs, and the way in which we've reached a point in time in which metaphor and reality are collapsed onto one another. (Recent viral images of the guy who unseated Dinkins, Rudy Giuliani, arguing on behalf of Donald Trump with hair dye dripping down his face weighed heavily.) After I finished writing, I thought about posting screenshots of my notes to IG, or maybe running it as an op-ed on Highsnobiety, but at the end of the day, I realized it served its purpose as a thought exercise on my phone.”

Thom Bettridge, Editor-in-Chief at Highsnobiety

Macondo Store, Verona, Italy


“[Our new year's resolution is to] expand the spectrum of shopping experiences through upcoming Macondo's online and offline projects which we will be able to share with you very soon.”

Macondo Store

Richie Talboy, Interview, 2017


“My new year’s resolution is to be at the level that people can expect me to bring a virgin Diptyque candle to set that will burn the entire time I’m shooting.”

Richie Talboy, Photographer

"My goal for 2021 is to slow down and start thinking more about long term projects, particularly when it comes to writing. It's easy to get caught up in trends and the hot takes that come along with them but it all feels a lot less relevant after the year we've been through."

Taylore Scarabelli, Journalist, critic, and co-founder of Relevant Community

Jeppe Ugelvig, Fashion Work, Damiani Editore, 2020


“My new year's resolution is about creative self-distribution. Fighting the oppressive logic of the Algorithm and nourish itinerant collaboration and sociality everywhere. I'm excited to re-encounter the world and its many local creative microclimates; I'm not learning anything on Instagram, and I miss bars.”

Jeppe Ugelvig, Curator, Author and Critic.

"This Never Happened," by Highsnobiety, 2020


“I think my new year's resolution creatively/professionally is to push boundaries even more. I believe in genuine and simple content while working as a creative director. I find it crazy how budgets are thrown around sometimes and I hope we can find ways of spending this money more wisely. Giving back to the creative community, giving young talents opportunities and being careful of resources and less travelling included. Working with what and who we have locally also means less travelling.”

Herbert Hofmann, Creative Director and Head of Buying at Highsnobiety.

*Featured image courtesy of Richie Talboy