As the company begins its transformation towards becoming a more digitally nimble publisher, it is in the process of reconfiguring jobs across its portfolio of titles.
At InStyle, sources indicated that this has translated to between five and 10 editorial layoffs. A spokeswoman declined to elaborate but acknowledged that the magazine has reorganized its ranks.
“InStyle has reconfigured its editorial operation around new opportunities for brand growth,” she said. “As part of the reconfiguration, there was a rebalancing of staff, including newly created roles – some to accelerate the integration of print and digital, and others that focus on innovation outside of the core product.”
Insiders told WWD that roughly five new jobs would be created that bridge the worlds of digital and print and target fashion news and innovation. The downside is it results in the elimination of a few existing editorial jobs at the magazine.
Some of the changes were shared with staff at a morning meeting on Tuesday, in which InStyle’s editorial team learned that fashion director Cindy Weber-Cleary would become special projects editor. The job would keep the editor writing columns for print and digital, but have her working directly with editor in chief Ariel Foxman on initiatives involving e-commerce, brand extensions and partnerships in the luxury fashion space.
Style director Melissa Rubini will pick up the mantle of fashion director. Rubini will continue to style the majority of shoots, but also be responsible for fashion for both print and digital. Both Weber-Cleary and Rubini will report to Foxman.