Details (magazine)

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Details (April 2009)
Editor-in-Chief Dan Peres
Categories Fashion, lifestyle, politics
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Condé Nast
Total circulation
(December 2012)
Year founded 1982
Company Advance Publications
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 0740-4921

Details is an American monthly men's magazine published by Condé Nast, founded in 1982 by Annie Flanders.[2] Though primarily a magazine devoted to fashion and lifestyle, Details also features reports on relevant social and political issues.[3][4]


Alan Patricof bought the magazine in 1987. Condé Nast bought the magazine a year later for $2 million. Its current format stems from an October 2000, relaunch of the title, following a transfer of the magazine from Condé Nast to sibling division Fairchild Publications.[5]

Between its last issue at Condé Nast and first at Fairchild, publication of Details was temporarily suspended. This allowed for extensive redesign and strategic repositioning of the magazine.

Staff contributors[edit]

Frequent contributors include Augusten Burroughs and Michael Chabon.

Its current editor is Dan Peres, the husband of Australian actress Sarah Wynter.

Previous contributors have included Beauregard Houston-Montgomery.[6]


In 2004, Details magazine published a piece titled "Gay or Asian?" that featured a photo of an East Asian man, and "tips" on how to tell the difference.[7] Some of the text that accompanied the photo: "One cruises for chicken; the other takes it General Tso-style. Whether you're into shrimp balls or shaved balls, entering the dragon requires imperial tastes."

The article generated protests over its racism and homophobia—and over how it erased the existence of gay Asian men. To protest, LGBT Asian American individuals and groups came together and held demonstrations.[8]

Music Matters CDs[edit]

From 1991 to 1998 the magazine produced sampler CDs which were sent out to current subscribers free of charge. While the CDs concentrated on then current music older songs were included as well. The initial CD was produced by Andrea Norlander, formerly of MTV, who oversaw concept, musical content, design, and marketing of the project.

  • 1991: Music Matters [Summer 1991]
  • 1991: Music Matters [Holiday 1991]
  • 1992: Music Matters Volume 3
  • 1992: Music Matters Volume 4
  • 1993: Music Matters Volume 5 (There were one and two CD versions of this volume.)
  • 1994: Music Matters Volume 6
  • 1995: Music Matters Volume 7
  • 1996: Music Matters Volume 8
  • 1997: Music Matters Volume 9
  • 1998: Music Matters Volume 10
  • 1999: Details 2000 Tomorrow's Music Today!


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. December 31, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Emmis Communications (June 1996). Cincinnati Magazine. Emmis Communications. p. 22–. ISSN 0746-8210. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  3. ^ New York Media, LLC (1 October 1990). New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC. p. 39. ISSN 0028-7369. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Emmis Communications (March 2003). Los Angeles Magazine. Emmis Communications. p. 116. ISSN 1522-9149. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Kuczynski, Alex, "Details Editor Ousted and the Magazine Will Go to Fairchild, Jamie Billimoria being the editor," New York Times (March 21, 2000): C13.
  6. ^ Vanity Fair. Condé Nast Publications. 1996. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Sakai, Karen (April 9, 2004). "'Gay or Asian?' Spread Causes Minority Uproar". Asia Pacific Arts (UCLA Asia Institute). Archived from the original on February 10, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ Wang, Esther (April 1, 2014). "Beyond the #Hashtag: Movement Building Lessons from #CancelColbert". Race Files. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 

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