Condé Nast to move out of historic Vogue House offices in London after 65 years

Vogue editor in chief Edward Enninful  (BBC/PA)
Vogue editor in chief Edward Enninful (BBC/PA)

Condé Nast, the publisher of Vogue and the New Yorker, is to move out of its historic London offices after 65 years.

Staff were told in an email that they would be moved out of Vogue House in Mayfair, a fixture of the London fashion scene, due to limitations with the building.

“There’s no other way to say it — leaving our iconic Vogue House will be hard”, staff were told on Wednesday morning.

“After many attempts to find a way to expand and redesign the space to meet our needs, there were just too many challenges to be able to do so.”

A spokesperson told the Financial Times that the company aimed to move those staff to its Adelphi office in Embankment.

Vogue House is where legendary editor Anna Wintour first made her mark on the fashion scene.

The legendary names to have walked the halls, include Princess Diana, and supermodels such as Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell.

The move is said to be inspired by the unsuitability of the building as opposed to a cost-cutting measure.

Sir Nicholas Coleridge, the former editorial director of Condé Nast Britain, wrote in his memoirs that Vogue House’s lifts were “notoriously unreliable”.

“When the lift doors opened (if they did) it could be anyone inside,” he wrote.

Senior management are also said to have realised that a lot of the office space in the building was not used due to home working.