Category Archives: Europe

French magazine Hotel & Lodge changes hands

Hôtel & Lodge, a bi-monthly lifestyle and travel magazine covering the latest amongst prestigious resorts, boutique hotels as well as lodges and 5-star palaces has just been sold by its two main shareholders, the enthusiast magazine publishers Nivéales and Editions Larivière, to press entrepreneur Michel Comboul.

This travel magazine, launched in 2002, currently generates an estimated turnover of €700 000 with a circulation of 49 600 copies per issue (6x).

As a reminder, Michel Comboul is the former President and CEO of the French Riviera publisher Nice Matin, as well as head of the Syndicat de la Presse Quotidienne Régionale (“Association of Regional Newspaper Publishers”) and the Fédération Nationale de la Presse Française (“Association of French National Press Publishers”).

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Mediterranean home & lifestyle mag Côté Sud launches Dutch edition

A Dutch version of the home magazine with Mediterranean flavor Côté Sud Magazine  is to launch shortly.  The magazine caters to those who are keen on the Riviera lifestyle and fond of  products and flavors from all over Mediterranean sea.
  
It is the fourth international edition to be launched in Dutch-speaking Belgium (“Flemish” is the language to be precise) and Holland with a print run of 50 000 copies (25 000 in Belgium and just as many in The Netherlands).  The title will be published in 285 x 225 mm perfect-bound format and glossy paper.

 

Burda folds German celebrity weekly Chatter only weeks after launch

Two months! Only two months after the inception of Chatter, Burda’s latest celebrity weekly for young people, it must come to an end.  The magazine circulated an average of 220 000 copies a week over the summer test period, which wasn’t enough to satisfy the publisher’s expectations.  Burda was banking on Chatter to become a cheap mass market tabloid weekly sold for only 0,70 cents, but the title never met its audience.

What’s to learn from this experiment? The youth are online and do not read print even when the title is supposed to cater to them. It’s also probably difficult to publish a weekly that focuses on celebrities since hot news and scandals come up every minute via twitter!

The 12-member editorial team will be disolved at the end of the month. R.I.P. Chatter!

France: new music magazine called Serge to launch late September

Serge, a new French magazine dedicated to musical expression will appear in newsstands on September 21 with France’s young pop sensation Camélia Jordana on the cover.
 
Serge aims to position itself as a bi-monthly magazine that’s “chic and popular, dedicated to all French-language music, whether it is rock, pop, electro, hip hop or just vocal.” It will be edited by Patrice Bardot (Tsugi) and Didier Varrod (France Inter) and should feature 116 pages. The new music mag will be published by Detroit Media.

French singer and 60’s legend, Alain Chamfort, posted several pictures of his photo shoot for the magazine on Facebook since he appears in Serge’s debut issue.

Click to go to Serge’s MySpace page or follow Serge on Twitter.

Lagardère launches Belgian edition of Psychologies magazine

Psychologies magazine just launched its 12th international edition in Belgium, a small European country currently on the verge of being split in two.  This new “dual” edition will be published under license by Lagardère’s usual partner there, Edition Ventures, which already publishes local versions of Elle, Elle Decor and Art & Decoration).  There will be a French and a Flemish edition of the magazine for both communities with a print run of 35 000 copies a month each.

Since the inception of the Italian edition in 2004, Psychologies magazine has now global editions in China, Russia, Spain, Great-Britain, South Africa, Mexico, Greece, and some more.

Germany: Karl Lagerfeld presents outfits to sew in Burda Style mag

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld talks about stylish craftsmanship in the October issue of Burda Style Germany and offers readers two exclusive “Lagerfeld patterns” to work.

He is one of the greatest fashion designers in the world: Karl Lagerfeld. His name is inseparable from the Chanel, Chloé, Valentino and Fendi couture houses. In the October issue of Burda Style of fashion czar will exclusively make two of his latest designs available to the readers of the magazine for free.  One is a jacket and the other one a skirt, both penned by the designer himself and available for the readers to sew themselves.

In the inside interview with the German master, he speaks up about style, craftsmanship and the current “Do-It-Yourself” fashion trend. His tip for timeless style: “Every woman should necessarily have a pair of jeans, a nice skirt, a white shirt, a classic jacket and a nice jumper in her wardrobe.”

Chanel Headquarters, Place Vendôme, Paris.

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To the question whether one can acquire style over time, the native of Hamburg replies: “It is better one was born with that notion. There are no after-hours classes one can attend, style comes naturally. One cannot analyze style. If you’ve got it, it will show in all things you wear or do. “

The full interview with Karl Lagerfeld and the exclusive patterns can be found in the October issue of Burda Style, available in German newsstands from September 15.

Playboy introduces “Gold Edition” in France

The September issue of French Playboy, published under license by 1633, is themed “Gold edition”.  It will be the “fil conducteur” throughout the whole issue…anything that has to do with gold or is golden (like the silence for instance!).

The “Gold edition” features naked models covered in gold paint ( it is Playboy after all), an interview of 60’s legendary designer Paco Rabanne, whose most recent masterpiece is a golden ornament work donned by the singer Shakira in parts of the “Gypsy” music video.