NEW YORK SCOOP
GENE’S NEW SCENE? It looks as if Gene Pressman, the former Barneys New York co-chief executive, may have found a new gig.
According to sources, Pressman might be joining Vanity Fair magazine as a contributing editor. Reportedly, he will offer ideas about fashion, business and the arts, but not necessarily pen articles.
A spokeswoman for Vanity Fair confirmed Monday that the magazine is talking to Pressman, but said no contract has been signed.
Pressman and his brother Robert were co-ceo’s of Barneys until Jan. 28, when they were removed from their posts and given one-year contracts as consultants as part of their settlement with creditors in one of the nastiest Chapter 11 cases in recent years.
They ran and owned Barneys until the chain went bankrupt in January 1996. After a long and bitter court struggle, Barneys emerged from the proceedings last January under new ownership. The Pressmans retained 1.5 percent of the business.
If Pressman does join Vanity Fair, a big hatchet will have been buried. The magazine published a blistering article during the Chapter 11 proceedings that detailed the Pressmans’ involvement in the unraveling of Barneys.
Pressman could not immediately be reached for comment.