Jo-Ann Furniss Exits Arena Homme +

The revolving door that has come to characterize designers at French fashion houses is now closing in on the publishing world. While the industry is still reeling from Carine Roitfeld’s replacement by Emmanuelle Alt at Vogue Paris, another high-profile departure has just been announced.

Jo-Ann Furniss, a British journalist, has stepped down as editor-in-chief of Arena Homme +, one of menswear’s most progressive magazines.

In a public announcement, Geoff Campbell, the managing director of Bauer Media, which owns the title, said he was sorry to lose her and praised her hard work, creativity, and leadership.

During Furniss’ tenure, the magazine lived up to its adventurous reputation. One of the first high-quality biannuals, it featured clothes more than three months before they hit stores. Its design was also constantly renewed.

Furniss surrounded herself with renowned writers, gifted stylists and A-list photographers, including Juergen Teller and Steven Klein, who shot an iconic homoerotic story for the winter 2008 issue.

Campbell added that Furniss’ successor will be announced shortly.

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