What is After School?
Trends and youth culture analysis, 5x a week.
When should you expect to hear from me?
I send a short newsletter Monday through Thursday, and a longer, highly opinionated (a nice way to put for “extremely meandering”) digest on the weekends for my very, very special paid subscribers.
Don’t want to get so many emails a week? You can subscribe to the weekends only by going here (that’s afterschool.substack.com/account) and unchecking “daily.” Just make sure to leave “extra credit” checked.
Who am I?
I’m Casey Lewis. I used to be an editor at Teen Vogue, MTV, and New York Magazine, and I started a media company for Gen Z, which was acquired by another media company for Gen Z (which was then acquired by another media company for Gen Z). I’ve been obsessed with youth culture forever. In fact, I own more than 200 teen magazines and run a meme account about it. I’ve spent the last years consulting with companies on brand strategy and now I work at a VC.
I’m regrettably not a Gen Zer.
After School in the ✨media✨
In Harper's Bazaar on Gen Z killing basic black.
In the New York Times on Ty Haney's startup Try Your Best.
In the Wall Street Journal on “-cores.”
In Business of Fashion on Delia*s.
In The Cut on “gatekeeping.”
In Vanity Fair on newsletter (exit) strategies.
In Elle on the future of festival style.
In Business Insider on night luxe and indie sleaze.
In the New Yorker on whether the teen magazine could rise again (it could!).