Bye-bye to all that...

Bye-bye to all that...

The New York Post announced this morning that I’ve left Bergdorf Goodman magazine after seven-plus years as its editor, having “aggressively transformed the once-catalog-like publication into an eclectic cultural forum.” It also went from a money-loser to a profit-making machine for the store after I replaced fashion-magazine-like promotion pieces on designers and merchandise with what I called “a commerce-free zone” of articles and portfolios designed to entertain the store’s sophisticated customers rather than sell stuff. The Post listed a few of the magazine’s contributors, but they all deserve a shout-out: So in no particular order, thanks to writers Jay McInerney, Linda Fairstein, Liz Smith, Tama Janowitz, Jesse Kornbluth, Anthony Haden-Guest, Paul Goldberger, Christopher Gray, Eden Collinsworth, Gerry Dryansky, Joseph Giovanini, J.D. Podolsky, Benedetta Pignatelli, Bill Nack, Nina Burleigh, Gigi Levangie Grazer, Suzanne O’Malley, Bob Morris, Melik Kaylin, Jill Brooke, Jamie Malanowski, Laren Stover, Mireille Guiliano, Mark Ellwood, Jim Larkin, Lisa Birnbach, Pamela Keogh, Annette Tapert, Karen Moline, Jennet Conant, Lynn Yaeger and Daphne Merkin. Also to the non-writers I induced to contribute: Tiffany Dubin, Bryan Bantry, Dan Barber of the Blue Hill restaurants, Charlie Palmer of Aureole, and Susan Gutfreund. Photographers whose work appeared included Jerry Schatzberg, Melvin Sokolsky, Slim Aarons, Harry Benson, Nigel Parry, Melanie Dunea, “Hoppy” Hopkins, Angus McBean, Norman Parkinson, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Betty Kuhner, Sam Haskins, and in the upcoming issue, Gleb Derujinsky. I also published illustrations by Marisa Acocella and Kenneth Paul Block. And before the last year, when the magazine again began featuring vendors, its centerpiece Conversation feature eavesdropped on a veritable pantheon of New Yorkers: Jeff Koons and Jane Alexander, Lisa Phillips and John Waters, Dominick Dunne and Taki Theodorocopulous, Alain Ducasse and Daniel Boulud, Arianna Huffington and Harry Shearer, Tom Brokaw and Ellen Futter, Robert A.M. Stern, Bobby Short and Peter Duchin, Gloria Vanderbilt and her son Anderson Cooper, Peter Beard and Mary Ellen Mark, Keith McNally and Nora Ephron, Ken Sunshine and Bonnie Fuller, parks commissioner Adrian Benepe and Danny Meyer, Graydon Carter and Kurt Andersen, Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder, Gay Talese and Peter Kaplan, Albert Hadley and Bunny Williams, and Charles Best of DonorsChoose and Vartan Gregorian. Thanks to all. It was fun while it lasted.