SHOPPING MOOD: At least Departures is in a shopping state of mind, even if most consumers aren’t. The November/December issue is slugged “How We Shop Now,” which includes an expanded edition of its Dress Code column and a cover designed by Simon Doonan. And — in the hopes of boosting those ad pages — the March issue will be completely devoted to fashion, where the majority of Departures’ architecture, food, travel and design coverage will infuse a touch of style in some way. Editor in chief Richard David Story headed to Italy this past weekend to pen a story on Ermenegildo Zegna. The article will include photographs of the family’s private villa, shot by Anders Overgaard. Story will also cohost a fashion dinner Tuesday evening in Italy at the Bulgari Hotel to introduce the issue with Ed Kelly, American Express Publishing president and chief executive officer.
To help sell the issue (and others), Departures hired Karen Uzel as luxury advertising director. She joins after working for 10 years at Town & Country. As for other executive changes, Adam Bookbinder was promoted to creative director. Bookbinder succeeds Bernard Scharf, who left earlier this month to join sister title Travel + Leisure. Scharf spent 17 years at Departures in various roles. Bookbinder joined Departures in 2006 as art director; he worked at Vanity Fair prior to that.
— Stephanie D. Smith