Volandes, who has held the job of executive style director since 2014, will continue to report to Jay Fielden, who serves as the magazine’s editorial director. Fielden was moved up to the director role in late January when he added the title of editor in chief of Esquire, replacing David Granger.
“Stellene is truly one of the most talented editors I’ve worked with,” Fielden said. “She’s been a key player in reimagining Town & Country, and her taste, good judgment, and journalistic skill have come to be key ingredients in every issue.”
Volandes has played a key role in bringing in style and jewelry coverage to the pages of the Hearst-owned magazine. In the past five years, the company said T&C’s revenue has grown 48 percent, single copy sales 13 percent and total circulation six percent.
According to the Alliance for Audited Media, in 2015 T&C’s total paid and verified circulation grew 1.3 percent to 486,297 over the prior year. Total single copy sales dipped 2.7 percent to 42,443, an anomaly among its rivals that have largely registered far steeper declines.
“Stellene has an innate sense of what will resonate with Town & Country readers,” Hearst Magazines president David Carey said. “She understands the brand’s illustrious history, and will continue to translate and modernize it for the current generation’s affluent social class who balance enviable lifestyles with an abiding sense of philanthropic responsibility. With Stellene at the helm and Jay as editorial director, Town & Country will continue to share absorbing stories, memorable images and insider information on the world’s most luxurious fashion, jewelry, beauty and travel destinations as the brand prepares to celebrate its 170th anniversary later this year.”
Volandes joined T&C as jewelry and accessories director in 2011 from Departures, where she served as style editor from 2007 to 2011. The editor, who began her career at Vogue, has held a variety of senior editorial roles since 2003.