Conde Nast spins Lucky Magazine Into E-commerce
Condé Nast gave up on reviving Lucky on its own and the company will spin off its 14-year-old shopping magazine into a joint venture with BeachMint, an e-commerce company, to be called the Lucky Group. Condé Nast will hold a majority stake in the Lucky Group, which will be run by co-founder Josh Berman. Rumors about Lucky’s demise have swirled constantly in recent years. Launched in 2000 the publication was once hot, with a circulation of 1.1 million and spawned imitators at Hearst and Fairchild. Many of the rivals folded and Lucky was one of the last shopping magazines among digital competition allowing for instant shopping experiences. In the September issue this year, Lucky had only 88 ad pages, down 37 percent from 137 a year ago, according to Media Industry Newsletter. Year-to-date, Lucky is down 14 percent in ad pages. In a gamble to try to revive the title, Condé fired Lucky Editor-in-Chief Brandon Holley in June 2013 and replaced her with Eva Chen, a protégé of Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. Chen will stay with the title as chief creative officer of the Lucky Group.
Kate Mara and Johnny Wujek Style H&M Windows
Actress Kate Mara and her stylist Johnny Wujek, pictured above, were at H&M‘s Fifth Avenue showroom on Monday to work on a special New York Fashion Week project with H&M and Vogue. They are styling nine H&M windows to launch the New York Collections. Mara and Wujek have been friends and fashion collaborators for almost a decade. “Not only do we work together and get to play dress-up, but we are best friends, so it was a cool project to have been presented to us from H&M and Vogue,” said Wujek, who also styles Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian. “‘Mannequin,’ my movie fantasy, came true. I started conceiving all these ideas.” The theme of the windows is New York (to tie in with NYFW) and will showcase fall looks from the elevated H&M Studio collection which was unveiled during Paris Fashion Week in February.
Barneys New York Settles Racial Profiling Probe
Barneys New York Inc. has cleared a hurdle in its battle to put the “shop and frisk” controversy of holiday 2013 behind it. In a settlement following a nine-month investigation, the retailer has agreed to pay $525,000 in costs, fees and penalties and to take a series of remedial actions to settle allegations that it engaged in racial profiling last year directed at two black shoppers. The settlement ends the state’s investigation into the Barneys incidents while an investigation into Macy’s treatment of Rob Brown, an actor in the HBO series “Treme,” is ongoing, according to a spokeswoman at the Attorney General’s office and a spokesman for Macy’s. Brown filed suit against the retailer after being stopped by the NYPD in June following the purchase of a $1,350 gold Movado watch for his mother.
– Carol Calacci
Sources: NY Post, WWD
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