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Fairchild Fashion Group Hires Peter Kaplan as Editorial Director

kaplan07142010.jpgPeter Kaplan, former editor of the New York Observer and currently creative director at Condé Nast Traveler is joining the Fairchild Fashion Group as editorial director, Fairchild announced today. He starts August 2.

There, Kaplan will oversee Women’s Wear Daily, WWD.Com, Footwear News, Menswear, Fairchild Summits, Fairchild Books and trade shows. As Kaplan steps in, Patrick McCarthy, Fairchild’s chairman and editorial director prepares to leave the company at the end of the year.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

Press release after the jump.


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 Conde 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.”

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