There’s a new kid on the block in Chicago’s magazine publishing scene and it’s launching this fall with a bang! Last night was Chicago’s official release of celebrated online media company dot429’s newest venture, FourTwoNine at the swanky Library within the Public Hotel. A new lifestyle magazine, FourTwoNine will explore the worlds of celebrity, politics and business while presenting its readers with an editorial mix of art, culture and fashion.
Helmed by Editor in Chief Kevin Sessums, formerly a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and executive editor at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, with publisher Richard Klein, founder and former publisher of Surface magazine, the launch issue glows with Sarah Jessica Parker and Andy Cohen on the cover. This issue will feature articles by such renown writers as Salman Rushdie, Michael Cunningham, and Amy Fine Collins. “FourTwoNine is going to appeal to a broad and engaged readership,” says Sessums. “If I owned a car, I’d have as my bumper sticker ‘Never Judgmental, Always Discerning.’ I am hoping that that also describes our readership. I know it describes my editorial philosophy. While the magazine was created for an LGBT audience, it focuses on subjects we think our readers will find interesting, not just LGBT content. That’s only one facet of who we are as people, and I think that will be only one facet of what we are as a magazine.”
Major fashion players like Cartier, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Armani A/X, Ralph Lauren, and Piaget are among the brands supporting FourTwoNine in its premiere issue with ad placements. “We wanted to create something that was both aspirational and inspirational,” says publisher Klein. “FourTwoNine is a magazine about some of the world’s most interesting people. Timing seemed perfect for the launch; we created our digital property, dot429.com, three years ago and have built a strong following. That bodes well for the reception of the magazine.” The first print run of 85,000 copies will be sent to FourTwoNine subscribers and sold on newsstands throughout the country through Comag for a cover price of $12.99.
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