Musgrave says the merger of two titles reflects changes in the fashion market
Drapers Record editor-in-chief Eric Musgrave is assembling a new editorial team ahead of the magazine’s relaunch in October.
It coincides with the closure of sister title Menswear. The monthly magazine for the men’s fashion industry will be merged into Drapers Record, which will be renamed Drapers Record & Menswear with increased pagination and a new team.
The move has been discussed by bosses at Emap Fashion for the past two years and will see three editorial staff from Menswear transferring to Drapers Record – editor Pete Barton, section editor Khabi Mirza and fashion writer Tom Bottomley.
Drapers Record is also recruiting two new journalists for the posts of features and fashion editor. Features editor Sarah Nash is leaving after four years to go travelling and fashion editor Angela Tsen is moving back into the fashion industry.
Musgrave said there would be no redundancies. "The reason we are doing this is because of the changes in the fashion market," he said.
"All the big players are unisex operators and the barriers that existed 15 years ago don’t exist anymore. We are just reflecting what is happening in the industry." According to Musgrave, 73 per cent of the retailers selling menswear will be selling womenswear by 2005.
Menswear is due to celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. It was published weekly until 1992 when it turned fortnightly and in 1998 it went monthly. Drapers Record was founded in 1887.
Musgrave said there had already been a considerable amount of cross-over, with staff writing articles for both titles in recent months.
The relaunched Drapers Record & Menswear will appear on 12 October. It will be published weekly and target professionals in the UK fashion industry and overseas with the latest news and trend information Emap is planning to produce three supplements next year on menswear, womenswear and footwear. Staff are currently working on three separate titles – the next issue of Drapers Record, the final edition of Menswear, which is due out 19 September, and the relaunched Drapers Record & Menswear.
By Ruth Addicott