Hearst names Stellene Volandes editor-in-chief of Town & Country
Volandes joined Town & Country in 2011 as jewelry and accessories director, and was named style director in 2012, previously she had been style editor of Departures
NEW YORK, NY – March 8, 2016 – Hearst Magazines today announced that Stellene Volandes has been named editor-in-chief of Town & Country. Volandes has been executive style director of Town & Country since 2014. She will continue to report to Jay Fielden, editorial director of Town & Country and incoming editor-in-chief of Esquire. The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz, and Hearst Magazines President David Carey.
In recent years, Town & Country has reemerged as the must-read for a new generation of stylish, cultured readers. With coverage of society, fashion, art and the lifestyles of the world’s wealthiest individuals, Town & Country informs and entertains with a gimlet eye and insider appeal. In the past five years, Town & Country has grown revenue 48 percent, single-copy sales 13 percent and total circulation six percent. The website, townandcountrymag.com, has nearly quadrupled traffic year-over-year.
“Stellene is truly one of the most talented editors I’ve worked with,” Fielden said. “She’s been a key player in reimagining Town & Country, and her taste, good judgment, and journalistic skill have come to be key ingredients in every issue. Like me, she will not settle for Town & Country going anywhere but up, and I’m thrilled our collaboration will now be raised to a new level.”
“Stellene has an innate sense of what will resonate with Town & Countryreaders,” Carey said. “She understands the brand’s illustrious history, and will continue to translate and modernize it for the current generation’s affluent social class who balance enviable lifestyles with an abiding sense of philanthropic responsibility. With Stellene at the helm and Jay as editorial director, Town & Country will continue to share absorbing stories, memorable images and insider information on the world’s most luxurious fashion, jewelry, beauty and travel destinations as the brand prepares to celebrate its 170th anniversary later this year.”
Volandes joined Town & Country in 2011 as jewelry and accessories director and was named style director in 2012, a role that gave her a significant hand in developing the magazine’s journalistic range and stable of contributors. Previously, she had been style editor of Departures from 2007 to 2011, having held increasingly senior roles there since 2003. She began her editorial career at Vogue. Volandes is a graduate of Vassar College, with a Master’s degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.
“I have been a reader of Town & Country for as long as I can remember,” Volandes said. “I am so proud of the Town & Country that Jay has created, and working side-by-side with him has been a master class in leadership, innovation and imagination. We have an incredibly talented team of editors, and a roster of contributors that includes so many brilliant writers. I adore this brand and the place it occupies in the hearts and minds of our readers, and I plan to continue to dazzle and delight them with every issue.”