HOME SHOPPING EDITOR: Condé Nast Publications on Wednesday named Deborah Needleman as editor in chief of its new home-focused shopping magazine being developed for a mid-2005 launch. Needleman has been an editor at large at House & Garden since 1998, having joined the magazine as photography editor for its relaunch in 1996. Before that, she was photography editor for The Washington Post’s Sunday magazine and photo editor of Men’s Journal. She has also written “The Cranky Gardener” column in Slate. Condé Nast is owned by Advance Magazine Group, which also owns WWD. — Eric Wilson
THIS WAY OUT: The revolving door at Harper’s Bazaar keeps turning, with 11 senior-level staffers exiting in the past 15 months. Erik Meers has joined the magazine as managing editor, replacing Regan Solmo, who resigned earlier this year. Meers was most recently managing editor at Interview. Next week former Wallpaper staffer Jen Ford joins as fashion features editor, taking over some responsibilities of Kristina O’Neil, who was named fashion features director a couple of months ago.
Tina Chai, fashion editor, features and shopping, has exited, and copy chief Kathy Campbell plans to leave Friday. Chai’s post is currently being covered by freelancer Grace Cobb, former fashion director of The Face. Campbell’s replacement is expected to be announced shortly, a Bazaar spokesman said.
Fashion features assistant Thakoon Panichgul has also left, and Natasha Wolff replaces him. Last month Eve Herzog was named fashion features editor taking over responsibilities handled by the departed Laura Kang, former senior associate editor.
In other staff moves, Jenny Rubinfeld has been promoted to senior fashion writer and Carolyn Tate Angel has been promoted to accessories editor.
Despite all the recent staff shuffles, editor in chief Glenda Bailey is keeping a stiff upper lip. “These are exciting times at Bazaar,” she said. “The team is growing, the newsstand continues to grow and the ad page gains are 9 percent up year-to-date and lead the category.”
She’s not alone in her optimism. One insider said morale is the best it’s been in a few years, and momentum is building. — Rosemary Feitelberg