MOVING ON, NOT DOWNTOWN: When, earlier this year, Condé Nast told some of its magazines to start packing their offices in anticipation of their move from Four Times Square to One World Trade Center, the company wanted to make the experience sound cool and a little bit quirky. They called the experience “purge parties” — a kind of pun that only fashion editors and their stylish colleagues would appreciate. In essence, the purge parties were mandates to start clearing out superfluous office items to accommodate 1WTC’s smaller floor space. But little did employees know that the “purges” would be literal: Some of their colleagues wouldn’t be making the move.
Glamour is the latest magazine to experience a flurry of layoffs in advance of its move to Condé Nast’s new headquarters, WWD learned on Wednesday.
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The women’s glossy, which heads to the new office on Dec. 8, let go of four editors, including co-executive editor Lauren Brody, a 12-year veteran of the title, and Julie Stone, the magazine’s deputy editor of photo visuals of 14 years.
The other two staffers were mid-level editors, one in the fashion department, the other in both fashion and beauty.
The layoffs took place around midmorning. One at a time, each employee was called in to meet with editor in chief Cindi Leive, who had to deliver the bad news.
Soon after, the staff buzzed about the cuts, in part because of who was let go but also out of a sense of relief. Insiders told WWD they knew the layoffs were coming before the move downtown — they just didn’t know when.
Other magazines now at the new Condé Nast HQ have already experienced the people purge: Teen Vogue made a trove of layoffs to its senior fashion team last month, and Allure recently lost a handful of staffers — between five and 10, one source said — before it moved to the new building this week.
Last week, GQ, which will move on Dec. 15, let go of five on the digital side, including Kevin Sintumuang, the multimedia editor.
Condé Nast did not return calls seeking comment.