With new players and retail environments, the men's wear category has never been hotter. The new Fairchild Fashion Group Men’s Wear Industry CEO Summit -- celebrating the 2011 expansion of FFG's now-quarterly Menswear magazine and the 2011 launch of Men's Week -- will bring the community together to focus on how to foster the creative thinking and develop the strategic plans required for continued success for all industry segments.
David Granger was named Editor-in-Chief of Esquire in 1997 and has since ushered the magazine into one of its most successful eras.
Between 1998 and 2009, Esquire was a finalist for 53 National Magazine Awards, the industry's highest honors, and won 14 acknowledgments including the award acknowledgments, for General Excellence in 2006. In 2004, the publication received four National Magazine Awards, a first for any American magazine, and in 2009, again took top honors with three awards.
Under Mr. Granger's guidance, Esquire has attempted to expand the limits of its medium with several innovations, including an embedded electronic paper display on its 2008 75th Anniversary cover, a controversial "trap door" window teaser on its February 2009 cover, the first ever Augmented Reality issue, and applications for the iPhone and iPad. During his time at Esquire, Mr. Granger has been named the magazine industry's Editor of the Year twice--by Advertising Age in 2004 and again by Adweek in 2010.
Prior to being named Editor-In-Chief at Esquire, Mr. Granger was Executive Editor at GQ for nearly six years. Prior to that, he held executive positions at Adweek and MediaWeek, worked on the launch of The National Sports Daily and served as its Executive Features Editor, helped launch Sports, Inc., the sports business weekly, and worked as an editor at Sport Magazine and Family Weekly.
Mr. Granger holds a masters degree in English from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from the University of Tennessee.
Will Swillie is President of Cladmen.com. Launching in August 2011, Clad will be an online modern menswear resource and is a strategic collaboration between Esquire magazine and the newly created Growth Brands Division of J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
Mr. Swillie began his career in men’s tailored clothing and furnishings with Saks Fifth Avenue in 1991 and later advanced to positions of increasing responsibility within the Neiman Marcus Group.
Mr. Swillie has also held senior merchandising positions at Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. and most recently Retail Convergence Inc., where he was instrumental in launching the men’s business at online retailer Rue La La.
With new players and retail environments, the men's wear category has never been hotter. The new Fairchild Fashion Group Men's Wear Industry CEO Summit – celebrating the 2011 expansion of FFG's now-quarterly Menswear magazine and the 2011 launch of Men's Week – brought the community together to focus on how to foster the creative thinking and develop the strategic plans required for continued success for all industry segments.