As if 2010 wasn't turbulent enough in the shelter-media arena, today brings major news on the masthead mashups front: Stephen Drucker has just been replaced by Jay Fielden as editor in chief of Town & Country. Drucker was previously editor in chief of House Beautiful; in April Hearst announced it would be moving him to T&C in a multi-brand editorial shuffle that placed Newell Turner at the helm of HB and Dara Caponigro at the helm of Veranda. Fielden was previously editor in chief of the now-defunct Men's Vogue and has worked on-staff at Vogue and The New Yorker. Officially, Drucker "has decided to leave the company."
JAY FIELDEN NAMED EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF TOWN&COUNTRY
NEW YORK, January 19, 2011 Jay Fielden, former editor-in-chief of Men's
Vogue, has been named editor-in-chief of Town&Country, today announced David
Carey, president, Hearst Magazines. Fielden joins Town&Country on March 1
and will report to Carey. He replaces Stephen Drucker, who has decided to
leave the company. Drucker will remain at the magazine through the end of
Most recently, Fielden has been working with Vogue Creative Director Grace
Coddington on her memoir. He also helped Coddington with the writing and
editing of her 2002 coffee-table book, Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at
Fielden was editor-in-chief of Men's Vogue from August 2005 to March 2009.
After the magazine ceased publication, he served as a contributing editor at
Vogue, where he had been arts editor since 2000. From 1992 to 2000, he held
various editorial positions at The New Yorker.
"I had the great pleasure of working with Jay at The New Yorker and, even
then, I recognized that he was a rising star in the editorial world," Carey
said. "I'm thrilled to have him join Hearst. He has great instincts for the
life and interests of the Town&Country reader and for the kind of content
they'll find relevant and engaging."
Carey added, "Stephen did a terrific job for us at House Beautiful during
his nearly five years as editor, and brought many fresh ideas to
Town&Country. We wish him much success in his future endeavors."
A leader in the luxury category for 165 years, Town&Country will show a 20
percent newsstand sales increase for the second half of 2010 (Source: Audit
Bureau of Circulations) and ended 2010 up 7.1 percent in advertising pages,
the second biggest increase in the affluent category. In addition, the
magazine has recently attracted new luxury advertisers including Hermès,
Tahari, Lord & Taylor, and Armani.
"I want Town&Country to be a lively, engrossing read about the American
Establishment—but not beholden to it," Fielden said. "I hope to modernize
the magazine's traditions of great photography, excellent service and
stylish writing, and to make it indispensable to readers everywhere drawn to
the well-lived, well-informed life."
Town&Country (www.townandcountrymag.com) is America's longest continuously
published general-interest magazine. It was established in 1846 (before the
Civil War). Today, it is the premier luxury lifestyle magazine in America,
edited for a sophisticated, affluent and accomplished audience. Town&Country
Weddings, established in 2003, is published twice a year.
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