FROM CINDI TO PILAR: Condé Nast Traveler has hired Glamour’s former fashion market director Sarah Meikle, who left the women’s glossy in February to freelance. Glamour filled that open spot with Jessica Sailer, a former fashion market editor at Vogue, who began her magazine career as Anna Wintour’s assistant.
The Vogue editor in chief and Condé Nast artistic director, who handpicked CNT editor in chief Pilar Guzmán to replace then-editor Klara Glowczewska last year, has since seen lots of familiar faces join both Glamour and CNT. Meikle, who will hold the title of fashion director at CNT when she starts on Oct. 7, is a known quantity to Wintour. After all, Meikle started her Condé Nast career in 2001 at Teen Vogue when Wintour oversaw the launch of the magazine in the early Aughts. Meikle succeeds Maggie Mann, a former senior fashion editor at Glamour, who moved to Seattle earlier this year.
At CNT, Guzmán is focusing on melding fashion and travel, which will certainly help drum up advertising and already seems to be helping.
In its September issue, CNT saw ad pages rise 15.2 percent to 91, one of the better increases by a Condé Nast-owned title. The glossy kept up the momentum in October, registering a 10.9 percent increase in ad pages to 74.25, according to data from the Publishers Information Bureau.
As part of her effort to blend the two worlds, Guzmán has created a map of Milan cultural attractions that is being distributed during fashion week in the Italian city. The editor has designs on creating more maps for other cities, but said she won’t have one ready in time for Paris fashion week. For Milan, CNT produced 3,000 maps — which were not advertiser-backed — that are being handed out in hotels there, including The Four Seasons, the Bulgari Hotel, the Grand Hotel and the Armani Hotel.