The Esquire editor, Jeremy Langmead, is to leave after three-and-a-half years to take a new role at the online menswear website Mr Porter.
Langmead, who has edited the National Magazine Company-owned monthly since March 2007, will be replaced on an interim basis by deputy editor Dan Davies.
He has been hired by Net-a-Porter Group to take the new position of editor-in-chief of online retail site Mr Porter.
Esquire was one of the shining lights of NatMag’s mixed bag of circulation figures in the most recent Audit Bureau of Circulation report, with sales up 10.3% year-on-year in the first six months of 2010.
“I’ve loved working at Esquire for the past three years and have felt extremely proud to be at the helm of such an exciting, creative and innovative brand,” said Langmead. “I am sad to go but I leave Esquire knowing that it is in the capable hands of a passionate, brilliant and hard-working team. I am confident that it has a great future and will grow from strength to strength.”
Davies will take on the role of acting editor from 8 October until a replacement for Langmead is found.
The retailer, which runs the online shops (and website of torture to every poor fashion student) Net-A-Porter.com and fashion outlet website theOutnet.com, will occupy a unit located above the Luxury Village.
Net-A-Porter chairman Natalie Massenet said: “We are very excited about the possibilities presented by our office move to Westfield London. It is a fitting location and a substantial space that will allow us to increase our organizational capacity and make real headway towards achieving our growth goals.”
Footfall at Westfield has exceeded expectations, pulling in 22 million shoppers; one of which was me when I visited the centre in November 2008 (it opened in October). I thought it was amazing; to those who haven’t visited I really recommend it just because it’s incredible to see the designer boutiques and high street labels together in one building. One minute you could be admiring Mui Mui, a minute later you could travel up the escalators and be in Topshop. I love it, and I genuinely believe it’s only in Britain where high street and high end would combine together.