Teen Vogue’s Editor Fills New Office With Treasures From 24-Year Condé Nast Career

As the most high-profile tenant of One World Trade Center, Condé Nast had a February move-in date that was talked about in the press for years before the building was even finished. Now, six months later and on the eve of New York's fall Fashion Week, Teen Vogue's editor in chief Amy Astley gave us an exclusive tour of her new downtown space. The art on the walls is especially meaningful to her.

"All of it is personal," she said. "Photos from people who shoot for us; sketches of me by artists, former interns or Teen Vogue fans; Irving Penn images of flowers and models. All of it is meaningful and triggers happy memories."

The move was also an opportunity for Astley to ensure that only her most cherished mementos remained: "I was very happy that the move forced me to declutter, edit and re-think what I really treasure and what was just more stuff in my office." Another perk for Astley: location. The office is a short stroll from her Tribeca home.

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New Digs

Astley's new space is within walking distance of her home. Her most cherished momentos made the move with her.

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One Stylish Doll

Karl Lagerfeld gave the Bearbrick to Astley. Lagerfeld designed the doll and styled it like Coco Chanel.

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Familiar Material

“Same desk, sofa, artwork, console tables, same books! Same stuff, new space,” said Astley.

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Relic

The Rolodex is from the beginning of Astley’s career at Condé Nast where she started at House & Garden in 1989. “It is a relic,” she said, “but I can’t really part with it.”

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Ballet Boards

The skateboards on the wall were made by Henry Leutwyler, who is the house photographer at the New York City Ballet and, per Astley, “is the ballerina whisperer—he always gets a special, magical shot.”

 

 

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Photographic Evidence

Astley is a ballet fanatic, and the photos were gifts from fashion and dance photographer Arthur Elgort. His son, Ansel, who starred in the hit films The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent, is on Teen Vogue’s September cover.

This story first appeared in the Sept. 7 issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.