November 2007 cover
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GQ (formerly Gentlemen's Quarterly) is an American monthly men's magazine focusing on fashion, style, and culture for men, through articles on food, movies, fitness, sex, music, travel, sports, technology, and books.
Gentlemen's Quarterly was launched in 1931 in the United States as Apparel Arts. It was a men's fashion magazine for the clothing trade, aimed primarily at wholesale buyers and retail sellers. Initially it had a very limited print run and was aimed solely at industry insiders to enable them to give advice to their customers. The popularity of the magazine amongst retail customers, who often took the magazine from the retailers, spurred the creation of Esquire magazine in 1933.
Apparel Arts continued until 1957 when it was transformed into a quarterly magazine for men which was published for many years by Esquire Inc. Apparel was dropped from the logo in 1958 with the spring issue after nine issues, and the name Gentlemen's Quarterly was established.
Gentleman's Quarterly was re-branded as GQ in 1967. The rate of publication was increased from quarterly to monthly in 1970. In 1983 Condé Nast bought the publication, and editor Art Cooper changed the course of the magazine, introducing articles beyond fashion and establishing GQ as a general men's magazine in competition with Esquire. Subsequently, international editions were launched as regional adaptations of the U.S. editorial formula. Jim Nelson was named editor-in-chief of GQ in February 2003; during his tenure he worked as both a writer and an editor of several National Magazine Award-nominated pieces. During Nelson's tenure, GQ has become more oriented towards younger readers and those who prefer a more casual style.
Nonnie Moore was hired by GQ as fashion editor in 1984, having served in the same position at Mademoiselle and Harper's Bazaar. Jim Moore, the magazine's fashion director at the time of her death in 2009, described the choice as unusual, observing that "She was not from men's wear, so people said she was an odd choice, but she was actually the perfect choice" and noting that she changed the publication's more casual look, which "She helped dress up the pages, as well as dress up the men, while making the mix more exciting and varied and approachable for men."
GQ has been closely associated with metro-sexuality. The writer Mark Simpson coined the term in an article for British newspaper The Independent about his visit to a GQ exhibition in London: "The promotion of metro-sexuality was left to the men's style press, magazines such as The Face, GQ, Esquire, Arena and FHM, the new media which took off in the Eighties and is still growing.... They filled their magazines with images of narcissistic young men sporting fashionable clothes and accessories. And they persuaded other young men to study them with a mixture of envy and desire."
The magazine reported an average U.S. paid circulation of 824,334 issues per month, of which 609,238 were subscriptions. 73% of the readership are men, and 63% are single. 65% of readers had an annual income of $50,000 or greater; and 25% had an income greater than $75,000.
British GQ had an average circulation of 114,867, made up of 102,694 print edition sales and 12,173 digital edition sales, from July to December 2013.
Editors and publishers
- U.S. editors
- U.S. publishers
- Bernard J. Miller (1957–1975)
- Sal Schiliro (1975–1980)
- Steve Florio (1975–1985)
- Jack Kliger (1985–1988)
- Michael Clinton (1988–1994)
- Michael Perlis (1994–1995)
- Richard Beckman (1995–1999)
- Tom Florio (1999–2000)
- Ronald A. Galotti (2000–2003)
- Peter King Hunsinger (2003–2011)
- Chris Mitchell (2011–present)
- U.K. editors
- Paul Keers (1988–1990)
- Alexandra Shulman (1990–1992)
- Michael VerMeulen (1992–1995)
- James Brown (1997–1999)
- Tom Haines (1999)
- Dylan Jones (1999–present)
- Russian editors
- Turkish editors
- International editors
- Giorgi Kharatishvili (2011–present)
Russian apartment bombings
GQ's September 2009 US magazine published, in its "backstory" section, an article by Scott Anderson, "None Dare Call It Conspiracy". The article reported Anderson's investigation of the 1999 Russian apartment bombings. It included interviews with Mikhail Trepashkin who, as a colonel in Russia's Federal Security Service, investigated the bombings. The story, including Trepashkin's own findings, contradicted the Russian Government's official explanation of the bombings and criticized Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia.
Condé Nast's management tried to keep the story out of Russia. It ordered executives and editors not to distribute that issue in Russia or show it to "Russian government officials, journalists or advertisers". Management decided not to publish the story on GQ's website or in Condé Nast's foreign magazines, not to publicize the story, and asked Anderson not to syndicate the story "to any publications that appear in Russia".
Notable people on the cover
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- Sterlacci, Francesca; Arbuckle, Joanne (2009). The A to Z of the Fashion Industry. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. p. 101. ISBN 0810870460. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- "Magazine Data, page 140: Gentlemen's Quarterly". Retrieved January 13, 2009.
- Hevesi, Dennis (February 24, 2009). "Nonnie Moore, Fashion Editor at Magazines, Dies at 87". The New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2009.
- "Information about GQ Magazine". MagsDirect.com. March 12, 2006. p. 2. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
- "FHM circulation drops below 100,000". The Guardian. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
- Anderson, Scott (September 2009). "None Dare Call It Conspiracy". GQ: 246. Before GQ published the article, an internal email from a Condé Nast lawyer referred to it as "Vladimir Putin's Dark Rise to Power".
- Folkenflik, David (September 4, 2009). "Why 'GQ' Doesn't Want Russians To Read Its Story". Retrieved September 4, 2009.
- Snyder, Gabriel. "Эй, вы можете прочитать запрещенную статью GQ про Путина здесь" [Hey, You Can Read the Forbidden GQ Article About Putin Here]. Gawker.
- "None Dare Call It Conspiracy". Ratafia Currant. September 4, 2009. Retrieved March 23, 2014.