He was previously editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Having previously worked at Esquire and L'Uomo Vogue, Tonchi's editorial roots are in what he calls "niche" publications, he revealed in a 2007 interview in 032c magazine. In the same interview he also told the magazine that "tradition and 'good taste' are [...] the enemy of change and evolution."
Stefano Tonchi was named Editor-in-Chief of W magazine in March 2010. Most recently, Mr. Tonchi was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, which he introduced in 2004 after serving as Style Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine. Under his leadership, T increased to 15 issues annually, expanded internationally, launched a companion website, and was nominated for multiple National Magazine Awards. In 2008, T was awarded Magazine of the Year from the Society of Publication Designers.
From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Tonchi was the Fashion Creative Director for Esquire. In 2001, Esquire earned the Magazine of the Year award from the Society of Publication Designers, as well as National Magazine Award nominations for Photography and Design. Before joining Esquire, he worked as Creative Director for J. Crew. Mr. Tonchi returns to Conde Nast, having served as Self magazine's Creative Director from 1994 until 1996. Prior to that, he served as Editor, and later, Fashion Director, for L'Uomo Vogue from 1987 to 1994. At the start of his career in Italy, Mr. Tonchi co-founded and served as Editor and Art Director for Westuff magazine, a publication that later evolved into Emporio Armani Magazine.
Mr. Tonchi has also curated a number of exhibitions devoted to style and edited several books on the intersection of art and fashion. He was the co-author of "Uniform: Order and Disorder" (also an exhibition at P.S. 1/MOMA), "Total Living," "Excess: Mainstream and Underground in the '80s" (also an exhibition at The Pitti Palace in Florence), "Human Game: Winners and Losers," and most recently published "Walter Albini and His Time." Mr. Tonchi graduated with a Classic Studies degree from Liceo Classico Forteguerri in Pistoia, Italy. He has resided in New York City since 1994.
- Lindsay, Greg (2004). "So What Do You Do, Stefano Tonchi?". MediaBistro. Retrieved 2008-12-18. Published: September 7, 2004
- http://032c.com/2007/stefano-tonchi/ Sharifi, Payam, "What I do is what I like," 032c issue 14 (Winter 2007/2008).
- "‘Out’ Ranks the Top 50 Gays; Anderson Is No. 2". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2008-12-18. "#7 The New York Times Gay Mafia Richard Berke, Ben Brantley, Frank Bruni, Stuart Elliot, Adam Nagourney, Stefano Tonchi, Eric Wilson; Yes, there really is a queer cabal in the Eastern elite media, and it works on West 43rd Street in New York City. Style editor Tonchi, style reporter Wilson, assistant managing editor Berke, national correspondent Nagourney, and advertising columnist Elliot can set agendas in their areas of expertise. In the case of restaurant critic Bruni and theater critic Brantley, the fate of fledgling enterprises rests in their hands. This is one group you don’t want to run into in a dark alley." Published: April 3, 2007
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