Stefano Tonchi

Italian-born Tonchi is the bastion of high fashion behind W Magazine, sometime Gossip Girl cameo, and previous style editor at the NY Times.

Born in Florence, Tonchi started out his career in Italy as the co-founder and editor of Westuff, an early version of Emporio Armani magazine. He became fashion director at L'Uomo Vogue, then decamped to the U.S. in 1994, joining Self as creative director. After a stint in fashion-he was a creative advisor at J. Crew for two years-he returned to media when he was named fashion creative director at Esquire, and made the leap to the Times in 2003 when he was appointed style editor at the Sunday Times magazine, succeeding Amy Spindler, who passed away from cancer. He founded T magazine in 2004, and the Times' glossy supplement dedicated to fashion, design, food was considered a success and expanded internationally. In 2010 he was chosen as editor of W magazine, mostly to help usher the magazine into the digital age and patch it's hemorrhaging ad sales.

In 2011 Tonchi married his long time bofyriend David Maupin, co-owner of the Lehman-Maupin gallery in Chelsea, and became father to twin girls, Maura and Isabella, carried by a surrogate. The family owns an apartment on West 57th Street, and has a weekend home in Bridgehampton.

Stefano Tonchi


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