Natalie Massenet (right), founder of Net-a-Porter -- the wildly successful online high-fashion e-commerce site – is launching a print version and going tete-a-tete with established fashion publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
The magazine, as yet unnamed, will debut this fall with the first of four to six issues a year and 30 pages of news, features, interviews and fashion shoots that let readers buy directly from its pages.
Net-a-Porter is not abandoning its online presence. This week, it also unveiled a free, weekly online magazine called The Edit.
And preceding the fall print magazine launch, a one-off print edition called The Collections Special will serve as a sneak peek to the magazine. It will be sent to more than 100,000 customers identified as print devotees.
"When I first arrived here, I really wanted to see how our customers were consuming fashion content, and I found they are heavy consumers of print magazines,” Tess Macleod Smith, Net-a-Porter's vp media and publishing, told WWD.
“These are women in their mid- to late 30s who are buying four to five magazines per month. They love print, and they love a global edit. They’re buying titles like Japanese Harper’s Bazaar along with French Vogue. And it was clear they want us to communicate with them through all platforms."
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