TRAVELER’S POST-MOVE PARTY: The first day in Condé Nast’s new headquarters at One World Trade came at a trying time for staffers from Condé Nast Traveler. Employees just moved from 4 Times Square on Monday, it was pouring rain, and the publication was throwing two parties that night, simultaneously. While CNT publisher Bill Wackermann was hosting the business side at The Peninsula in Midtown, the editorial staff mingled at Haven’s Kitchen in Chelsea at their own party.
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Hosted by editor in chief Pilar Guzmán, the edit party was thrown in honor of Mimi Thorisson to celebrate her book “A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse.” It drew a chic crowd of photographers, foodies and cookbook authors.
Guests sipped small-batch wine from the Médoc region in France and nibbled on charcuterie from D’Artagnan, while CNT employees sprinkled their praise for the high-quality hors d’oeuvres with grumbles about their move downtown.
Aside from complaints about the building’s furnishings and inconvenient commute, staffers said the pantries were not yet finished, making storing food a challenge. Food deliveries must be picked up about 50 yards outside of the lobby, due to security concerns. One guest deadpanned that the coolest thing about the building was the ice machine, while another said the office seemed like it was built for little people.
But CNT has a lot to smile about. Insiders say they are one of the few titles under Condé Nast with advertising page increases this year. The travel glossy is also slated to launch a new logo in January, which comes on top of Guzmán’s redesign less than a year ago.
Perhaps CNT just feels a bit lonely in the somewhat empty new HQ? Vogue, which was the first to move a week ago, was joined this week by CNT, Golf Digest & Golf World and Allure. Next week, Style.com, W and Teen Vogue are slated to join the ranks.