Perfectly Imperfect is a newsletter offering “A Taste of Someone’s Taste” from guests like Charli XCX, John Cale, Ayo Edebiri, Michael Imperioli, Lena Dunham, Mac Demarco, Dasha Nekrasova, Tim Heidecker, Rayne Fisher-Quann, Mel Ottenberg, Chloe Cherry, Matty Matheson, Anna Delvey, The Dare, Caroline Calloway, Snail Mail, and more. Check out our full archive here.

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Some press quotes …

Perfectly Imperfect gazes back nostalgically to an era when corporate algorithms didn’t control cultural discovery, and websites like The Strategist hadn’t streamlined product recommendations. If the modern internet has democratized access to culture and commerce, it has also, some critics say, devalued qualities like discernment and idiosyncrasy in taste.
The New York Times (January 2024)

Perfectly Imperfect invites a wide berth of New York artists, writers, intellectuals, and scenesters to spiral on bits of personal ephemera, consciously rejecting the endless algorithmic scroll.
- Interview Mag (March 2023)

By showcasing the aesthetics, technologies, and even humor bubbling around various contemporary scenes, the newsletter is less about directing you on how to kit out your own life with the “right” goods, and more about cataloging the various flotsam of our time
- Vanity Fair (January 2022)

Perfectly Imperfect has offered a window into the changing guard of New York City’s downtown scene with a deceptively simple premise: Cool people like cool things.
- The New York Times (October 2022)

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Perfectly Imperfect is an anthropology project from Tyler Bainbridge and Alex Cushing, with help from our epic & cool interns Vivi, Mavis, Josh, and Sofia.

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Press and stuff like that…

What the ‘Cool Kids’ Are Super Into - The New York Times

A scene-y newsletter launches a scene-y social network - The Verge

Perfectly Imperfect and the Growing Currency of the Recommendation - Vanity Fair

Perfectly Imperfect Wants to Know What You've Been Into - Office Mag

Examining the growing movement against the algorithms - NPR

Tyler Bainbridge of Perfectly Imperfect Seizes Control of the Aux - Interview Mag

How Perfectly Imperfect’s snowball growth started with word of mouth - Substack

NYC Beat SXSW Recap - Paper Mag

Steal My Vacation: Tyler Bainbridge - NYMag

Forever Imperfect Party Recap - Paper

My Week in ‘New York’ - NYMag

Sound Radio #24: Tyler Bainbridge

The newsletter breaking you out of your algorithm bubble - Embedded

Are Tastemakers the New Influencers? - Lithium Magazine

Garbstore meets Perfectly Imperfect - Garbstore

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