Earlier this month, Condé Nast commenced its long-anticipated move to 1 World Trade Center, whose landlord is counting on the magazine publisher to anchor the building and attract other hip companies to the fortified Financial District. The ongoing rodent problem at Vogue, however, might give some prospective tenants pause. Even Anna Wintour is worried.
Multiple sources tell Gawker that the offices of Vogue, located on floors 25 and 26 of 1WTC, are dealing with a rat infestation. The infestation is so acute, one source said, that the fashion title’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, recently issued a standing order: Staffers must ensure that her personal office is rat-free before she enters it. (If you have any other details, do get in touch.)
Update (3:05 p.m.): Another source with knowledge of the rat situation writes in:
Sales/marketing is already in but editorial was supposed to move in Monday and they’re figuring out today if they’re pushing that back due to the infestation. A serious concern (laughable but I guess it makes sense) is all the clothing that could get nibbled through.
The rodent invasion is particularly noteworthy given how much the magazine has been advertising its new digs on various social media channels, particularly Instagram:
Here’s what Anna Wintour’s office looks like:
Condé Nast did not immediately return a request for comment.
Update (5:45 p.m.): Condé Nast has still not returned a request for comment.
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