Our Story



It had been one of those weeks. The bathtub wasn't draining, the kitchen sink had given out more than one second degree burn, and the readings kept piling up. The weather was getting worse, the air still heavy with the heat of a new york summer, punctuated by frigid rain. Lizzy had ruined her favorite coat by spilling an unnaturally colored latte. Kiana's hard drive was finally working again–but not with her own laptop's usb ports. So, towards the end of their fall semester in sophomore year of college, Kiana Toossi and Lizzy Cheshire really just needed a break. 

They booked two tickets on the metro north and went up the hudson to Beacon. It was on this trip that they started fleshing out an idea they had tossed around in various forms for more than fourteen years: working together on a publication. It would begin more passion project than business, founded on a mutual love for travel, photography, and graphics. 

From its inception, Break was centered around an idea of escape, relaxation, and enjoyment, while keeping a thoughtful and more critical eye on experience. It attempts to take on serious, political, and personal questions without dismissing the importance of aesthetics, material objects, or a really really good burger. As it evolved into its current iteration, it grew to include the Current section, where what's happening now-from a new restaurant opening to new legislation finds a space for discussion, meditation, and reflection.