Former Observer editor Peter Kaplan is replacing Patrick McCarthy as the editorial director of Fairchild. In the role he will oversee Women’s Wear Daily, Footwear News, Menswear, Fairchild Summits and Fairchild Books. Mr. Kaplan, who left the Observer last year to become the creative director at Conde Nast Traveler, was brought in by Gina Sanders, the new CEO of the Fairchild group.
Mr. Kaplan didn’t return a call immediately for comment, but in a statement he said, “I am honored to join Fairchild – the great global voice of fashion, retail, style and media reporting — as WWD celebrates its 100th birthday and turns its amazing heritage to the digital age. I’m really looking forward to working with WWD‘s Editor-in-Chief Ed Nardoza and the editorial teams in making the second Fairchild century as full of journalistic pop as its first.”
Here’s the release:
PETER W. KAPLAN NAMED EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
OF FAIRCHILD FASHION GROUP
NEW YORK, N.Y., July 14, 2010 – Peter W. Kaplan will be the next Editorial Director of the Fairchild Fashion Group, it was announced today by Gina Sanders, President and
C.E.O. of Fairchild Fashion Group (FFG). In this role, he will have editorial oversight of Fairchild Fashion Group’s portfolio, including WWD, WWD.com, Footwear News, Menswear, Fairchild Summits, Fairchild Books, and trade shows. The appointment is effective August 2nd and will report to Ms. Sanders. Patrick McCarthy, currently Chairman and Editorial Director, is leaving the company at year-end, and will remain Chairman until his departure.
“Peter is a distinguished journalist who has a true passion for newspapers and new media. Given the rapid evolution of business and new technologies, his experience will be invaluable as we position the Fairchild properties for the future,” said Ms. Sanders. Mr. Kaplan comes to Fairchild Fashion Group from Condé Nast Traveler where he has been Editorial Creative Director since 2009. From 1994 to 2009 he was Editor of The New York Observer, the weekly newspaper which covers media, politics, style, culture, real estate, and business in New York. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kaplan worked as an editor at New Times magazine, Esquire, and as a Style section correspondent for The Washington Post. From 1984 to 1985, he was a culture reporter for The New York Times. He was Executive Editor of Manhattan, inc., and later was its Editorial Director under Clay Felker. He also served as the Executive Producer of Charlie Rose’s nightly television program on PBS from 1993 to 1994.
“I am honored to join Fairchild – the great global voice of fashion, retail, style and media reporting – as WWD celebrates its 100th birthday and turns its amazing heritage to the digital age,” Mr. Kaplan said. “I’m really looking forward to working with WWD’s Editor-in-Chief Ed Nardoza and the editorial teams in making the second Fairchild
century as full of journalistic pop as its first.”