My question is what happened 25 years ago to inspire the site in the first place?
Long story short: in 1994 Ben and I were struggling with 14.4k modems and the strings you needed to make them work - it was seriously 'hello world' time for the internet etc.
He'd been DJ-ing in Prague (as you do..) and wrote an article about it for 24Seven, whose editors were Marian (now and for nearly half my fucking life, my missus) and Owen.
Anyway, we got online and thought of merging the 2 things: editorial and internet, so came up with our first website, built in December '94, published in January '95, called FiX, which, in our idealist the-internet-is going-to-free-the-world heads, stood for Free Information eXchange.
#20 from 1996 is still there in the brilliant WayBackMachine web archive https://web.archive.org/web/19961018060927/http://www.widemedia.com/fix/
The original FiX #1 from Jan '95 is only on my back-up and I've posted it below, unedited, so be warned of very old html and navigation and image glitches, as well as some slightly dodgy wording (funky ffs?), though it's interesting looking at '90s html in modern browsers working reasonably ok. No cookies, css - bare bones shizzle.https://www.bradsidey.co.uk/fix/fix.htm
The fashion side of that worked out and we ended up doing the original sites for the Arcadia group (TopShop and so on ..) until they realised that the web was here to stay and took it all in-house.
We still wanted to publish ourselves, so fuk became a thing, covering London Fashion Week and other cocaine-fuelled shenanigans, but also giving you bastards a platform for your fashion wars.
Couldn't do it again in my dotage, but fun times all the same ..