Back Row is a fashion and culture newsletter by me, Amy Odell. I have more than 15 years of experience covering fashion and culture, beginning at New York magazine. I am the author of two books, ANNA: The Biography, and Tales From the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry.

Fashion journalism, particularly in corporate media entities, is greatly influenced by outside pressures — from brands who advertise, from celebrities who need to appear on covers, from tech giants like Facebook and Google who control the click economy online. Back Row is constrained by none of those influences. I am not doing this for access to anyone or front-row fashion seats. I am beholden to YOU and you alone, without interference from those too-powerful influences.

Subscribers can expect two to three posts by me each week, including commentary, Q&As, reported features, humor pieces, and more. I also look forward to sharing more with you about ANNA: The Biography, which comes out in May of 2022, as publication nears.

Thank you so much for your support. I can’t wait to see what we do with this community, as one of the first fully reader-supported fashion media outlets.