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Memo Pad: Traveling Up … Falling Into Place … Donna Spills It

<STRONG>TRAVELING UP:</STRONG> The first change under new Condé Nast editorial director <STRONG>Thomas J. Wallace</STRONG> has already taken place with the naming of <STRONG>Klara Glowczewska</STRONG> as Wallace’s replacement at Condé...

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The February 2005 Traveler cover.

WWD Staff

TRAVELING UP: The first change under new Condé Nast editorial director Thomas J. Wallace has already taken place with the naming of Klara Glowczewska as Wallace’s replacement at Condé Nast Traveler. Condé Nast will announce today that Glowczewska, formerly the executive editor of Traveler, has been promoted to editor in chief. (Like WWD, Condé Nast and Condé Nast Traveler are part of Advance Publications Inc.)

“[Klara] was the only candidate for the job and she’s perfect for it,” said Wallace, who succeeded James Truman last week when Truman unexpectedly vacated the company’s editorial director post. “She was there for the launch of the magazine…and has been my right hand, my most trusted editor for as long as I can remember.”

A former editor at Random House and the New York Review of Books, Glowczewska briefly left Traveler in the early Nineties to edit at Vanity Fair. But according to Wallace, it was her international upbringing that made her uniquely qualified for the job.

“[Klara] is a genuine citizen of the world,” said Wallace. Born in Warsaw, she was raised in Cairo — where she attended a French school — and graduated magna cum laude in English from Yale. Glowczewska also works as a translator and is a currently translating from Polish into English a book about Herodotus and his travels.

The ascension of an insider should quell any concern among Traveler staffers about job security or sweeping changes at the magazine. Last week, upon hearing of Wallace’s promotion, a handful of Traveler editors convened at a restaurant near their offices at 4 Times Square to mourn the loss and speculate on a replacement. This Thursday the staff plans to officially gather to toast Wallace and welcome Glowczewska to her new role at the magazine.

The last issue of Traveler bearing Wallace’s stamp will be the April issue, which features a cover story on Vietnam. Fittingly, Wallace’s first Condé Nast Traveler cover was also on Vietnam. — Sara James

This story first appeared in the January 10, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

FALLING INTO PLACE: Pixels may never replace the feel of paper and ink, but darn if they aren’t getting close. A Web site created to promote Domino, the new home furnishings magazine in gestation at Condé Nast, features interactive sample pages that can be turned with the drag of a cursor. Created by the ad agency BlackRocket in collaboration with CondéNet, the site replicates to a remarkable degree the experience of flipping through a magazine. “We flipped when we saw it,” said Domino publisher Beth Fuchs Brenner (who, apparently, did not intend the pun).

Domino, which will be similar in format to the shopping magazines Lucky and Cargo, launches April 26. A trade campaign breaks this week in Advertising Age, Automotive News and HFN (like WWD, part of Advance Publications Inc.), and the first batch of direct-mail subscription offers recently went out. Brenner wouldn’t comment on how many ad pages she has sold so far, except to say: “The head-nodding is turning into commitments, and things are going well.” — Jeff Bercovici

DONNA SPILLS IT: Still recovering from a skiing accident, Donna Karan plans to round up family and friends in her home tonight to catch Biography’s hour-long take on her life. Viewers will get a glimpse of Karan during her Parsons and Anne Klein days, before she stitched together her own business 20 years ago. Barbra Streisand, Anna Wintour and Louis Dell’Olio are among those who dished on their friend on air. — Rosemary Feitelberg

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