Brown, who spent 11 years at Esquire, most recently in the role of senior fashion editor, is heading to The Daily Beast. WWD reached out to The Daily Beast for more information on his role there, but requests were not returned by press time. Brown was the second-most senior fashion editor at Esquire after fashion director Nick Sullivan. A spokesman from Esquire confirmed Brown’s departure, adding that the editor’s last day at Hearst is next week.
During his tenure at Hearst, Brown helped launch Esquire’s “Big Black Book,” a biannual fashion supplement showcasing luxury goods and style-centric instructional guides. He also appeared on TV for the men’s glossy to talk about fashion trends.
Prior to Esquire, Brown worked as a senior fashion editor for about a year at sister publication Harper’s Bazaar. He also served as an associate fashion editor at WWD and sibling men’s publication DNR, which closed in 2008.
Although Brown’s departure has been characterized by sources at Hearst as a new stage in the editor’s career, it comes on the heels of a changing of the guard at the men’s glossy. In late January, editor in chief David Granger was let go after 19 years at Esquire. Town & Country editor in chief Jay Fielden, who was promoted to editorial director of that glossy, grabbed Granger’s job.
Since news of Granger’s departure began circulating in the halls of Esquire, employees there have been buzzing about potential changes under the incoming editor. While Fielden’s reign hasn’t yet produced any seismic shifts at the magazine, it’s common practice that when a new editor takes the helm, a staff shake-up is soon to follow. Fielden officially starts his gig at Esquire on April 1.