GOING HOME: After just nine months working as the publisher of Elle, Lori Burgess has jumped ship. Burgess, who had been the publisher of Mademoiselle for two years until it suspended publication in November 2001, rejoined Condé Nast Friday as the publisher of House & Garden. She was hired by Elle in May 2002. For all of 2002, Elle had 1,534 ad pages, a drop of 18.1 percent from the year before. She replaces Brenda Saget, who resigned Thursday. While House & Garden’s 8 percent drop in ad pages for the year (to 1,003 from 1,090.5) was relatively minor in what was one of the most difficult years in publishing, it came at a point when many of the shelter titles are up in circulation and ad pages. Condé Nast is a unit of Advance Publications, which also owns Fairchild.

JAPANESE UMBRELLA: Louis Vuitton Japan and Celine Japan have merged to form LVJ Group K.K. The deal took effectSaturday. "Through this merger, the group will strengthen the management culture, as the sales firm of LVMH’s fashion and leather goods division, as well as maximize [synergies] among the brands in the group," LVJ said in a statement. Vuitton and Celine are owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Within the new venture, which has a capital investment of $1 million and employs about 1,900 people, the two brands are managed as Louis Vuitton Co. and Celine Co. Kyojiro Hata is president of the group, chief operating officer of Louis Vuitton Co. and chief executive of Celine Japan Co.

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