Declaring its mandate as a new “smart magazine for women”, there is a warm welcome for Riposte, a biannual magazine defining ‘smart’ beyond the parameters of intellect or academia. Featuring ideas, essays and interviews from entrepreneurs and visionary women within their creative fields, whether its wearable technology, a food empire or the world of music, this London-based title is more of a exploration of life for the modern woman.

Taking design inspiration from old copies of National Geographic magazine, Riposte is designed with a understated look, allowing for the features to speak for themselves. The first issue meets with legendary art editor of The New Yorker, Françoise Mouly, set designer Es Devlin — who has created stages for Kanye West and Jay Z — and Flora Wong looks at at female music producers and why until recently it has been a hugely male dominated industry.

Among an array of features, the issue also includes a memoriam on Claire de Rouen, who’s eponymous book store is one of the finest in London, and celebrates her by speaking to those who knew her, such as designer Giles Deacon, photographers David Bailey and Tyrone Lebon, and Clash magazine creative director Rob Meyers.

Launching today, the issue will be available for purchase online for North American orders, and all other information can be found on their website.