NOT QUITTING TIME: Speculation has been swirling that Stefano Tonchi is looking to leave The New York Times at a time when two issues of T:The New York Times Style magazine that he edits have been folded into The New York Times Sunday Magazine. But Tonchi quickly shot down those rumors Tuesday: “That’s completely impossible,” he told WWD.
Tonchi also said the decision to fold the women’s summer fashion and the design issue of T, coming out May 31, into the magazine was his, as advertising for the 15-times-annual style magazine has taken a hit, just like elsewhere. “I would prefer to have a thick Sunday magazine instead of a very thin Sunday magazine and T magazine,” he said, noting that he hopes the eight issues of T to be published in the second half of the year are freestanding, but, like any publisher navigating the current advertising climate, “we don’t know what’s going to happen in the market.” The next issue of T will be a 126-page travel issue, out next week. — Stephanie D. Smith