Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Buh Bye Vogue Living

I picked my five pound Vogue magazine today (do you think they make it heavy on purpose to work out your arms so you'll fit into the fall clothes?!) and was wondering if Vogue Living would also be out on the newsstands. But alas, I found out that it's not meant to be.
NO HOME: Blame the housing market crisis, the dip in advertising impacting every magazine or any one of myriad reasons, but Vogue Living will not publish a scheduled second issue this year. The Vogue shelter spin-off published a spring issue and had planned to produce a fall one, but a Vogue spokesman confirmed Monday that the fall issue has been nixed. "We decided earlier in the year that, given the current ad climate, this wasn't the time to roll out a second issue," he explained. However, said the spokesman, a spring 2009 issue is still under consideration. In all, Vogue Living, which executives have insisted since its inception was not a launch title, has had three issues. The magazine had a 500,000 rate base, including 300,000 copies that were poly bagged to Vogue subscribers with household incomes over $100,000, or a net worth of over $1 million, or a home valued at more than $500,000. The first issue in November 2006 had 134 ad pages; its second, a year later, carried 34 percent fewer, at 85 pages. The latest issue, in April, carried 48 pages. But Vogue Living, published by WWD parent company Condé Nast, hasn't been alone: according to Mediaweek, the shelter category has slid 5 percent in ad pages through July of this year. — Stephanie D. Smith, WWD
I was just thinking that it started out with a bang but seemed to fizzle with each subsequent issue. Such a shame since Vogue prides itself on having access to the best of everything and since there aren't many shelter magazines left. I hope they manage to get it together for a spring issue. And if they need any help, I'll be the first to volunteer my services! Until then, I'll be scouring regular Vogue for the photos of Kelly Wearster's new house since it doesn't look like they're going to be in Vogue Living. Oh well.

Photo borrowed from Design Inspiration

11 comments:

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh no! That's too bad. They were fizzling, but I had hope that they would bounce back. I'm bummed. =(

Habitually Chic said...

Rachel, I'm kind of bummed too. I have my fingers crossed for them!

Alice Olive said...

I wasn't terribly inspired by the issues they did - always seemed like a filler mag, nothing substantial. Maybe the decision to focus on less issues will result in a better read in Spring 2009!

a. said...

That's too bad I was so excited when they brought it back!

dewy23 said...

i loved it but always thought it just came with my vogue as a filler...oh well I'll miss

kelly said...

well, i can't say i even liked it when it was producing issues. something was off there... the collages were so messy, i couldn't put the time into figuring it all out.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Seems everyone agrees they had not quite found their "voice." Still, the interiors that they feature in Vogue itself are usually very good; like you, I'll be looking for fresh layouts there.

Brilliant Asylum said...

While I am still hoping they get their act together, I certainly will not miss their teensy photographs. It's just a waste of energy to publish an interior photo that measures 2" square.

helen morris said...

I will miss it. I had been working on a project with them for the winter issue. I really hope they bounce back I found the magazine to be unique. I enjoy colour and pattern and found both in the pages of Vogue Living.
Thank you for putting a link from our photograph.

queenoftheclick said...

It's sad to see so many of these great magazines go off the news stand. Even though the web is fantastic for getting the word out there and communicating, I love the magazines for their thoroughness and inspiration.

Marlene - Brooklyn, NY

luxxury livving said...

Thanks for the heads up, that's too bad the economy is affecting everything. Hopefully it will return one day when the economy gets back on course.

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