Memo Pad: Luxury in the 'Net... More Men... Traveling On

Can luxury brands be successful on the Internet? Some high-end companies have been hesitant to move to the Web for fear of watering down their brands, but Rolex is proving a small investment on the Internet can lead to a high profile.

But cooperation goes only so far. While Men's Health editor in chief David Zinczenko gave women a handbook for hard abs this spring with "The Abs Diet for Women," Women's Health will publish its own weight loss guide for gals this winter. "The Women's Health Perfect Body Diet" will hit bookshelves in January, under the Rodale imprint. The diet and meal plan guide, along with a fitness program, will be written by weight loss coach and University of Connecticut doctoral candidate Cassandra Forsythe; Johnson will write the forward. Abs are certain to be prominent.
— Stephanie D. Smith

TRAVELING ON: Julie McGowan is stepping down as publisher of Travel + Leisure after just over a year in the position. She will also leave American Express Publishing after 12 years, which included a successful run as publisher of Food & Wine. Employees were informed of the move in a memo from company president Ed Kelly, who wrote: "While she conceded that it was a difficult decision, Julie has concluded that, for a number of personal and professional reasons, it is the right time to close this chapter and move on." Ad pages at Travel + Leisure were down 16.4 percent year to date through September, and the magazine has been losing market dominance to main competitor Condé Nast Traveler — up 9.5 percent in the first nine months and celebrating its 20th anniversary. McGowan did not respond to requests for comment and the memo did not disclose her plans. A successor has yet to be named.
— Irin Carmon
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