MOVING ON UP…TO 43RD STREET: Stefano Tonchi went into work at Esquire on Monday morning and, according to sources, told editor in chief David Granger that he was leaving for the Style editor post at The New York Times Magazine. This confirms a report that ran in Monday’s WWD saying Esquire’s former fashion creative director was the top choice for the job. An announcement of Tonchi’s appointment should come from the Times today or Wednesday.

The position, which opened up after Amy Spindler became ill, is one of the most prestigious jobs in fashion journalism. During Spindler’s tenure, Fashions of the Times became a critical and commercial success. Advertising skyrocketed, reaching a high of more than 140 pages in the fall of 2002, despite being one of the worst years on record for the rest of the magazine community. Spindler will become a cultural critic when she returns to the paper.

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