Ben Cobb Named Editor of ES Journal | BoF Skilled, Information & Evaluation

Veteran style editor Ben Cobb is taking the helm of ES Journal, London newspaper The Night Commonplace’s weekly tradition and life-style complement.

Cobb will take accountability from Oct. 4, shifting gears after years on the prime of the masthead at One other Man and LOVE Journal, each biannual type bibles with cult standing amongst style insiders.

“I’ve all the time labored inside unbiased publishing. It simply felt like a extremely good time to problem myself and put myself in a really totally different space,” Cobb mentioned. “All my experiences in publishing during the last 20 years — from biannuals to books, chat exhibits to digital platforms — have led to this second … I really feel able to take this on.”

He joins ES Journal following a difficult time for the publication. The Night Commonplace swung to a lack of £17 million ($23.5 million) for the complete yr to September 2020, its fourth consecutive loss-making yr. It slashed distribution of its free newspapers and halted the publication of ES Journal at first of the pandemic till September 2020.

Cobb mentioned he plans to sharpen ES digital providing whereas retaining the journal’s legacy in print, ramp up content material from model partnerships and draw from inventive expertise and contributors throughout the business. He additionally plans to develop long-form video content material and return to in-person occasions as Covid restrictions ease.

ES has to mirror London in all its numerous, energetic brilliance. It belongs to Londoners, it’s their journal,” he mentioned.I actually need the journal to grow to be a two-way dialogue with London.”

Cobb has years of expertise at some extremely regarded British type publications to attract on. He spent a decade at One other Man, the lads’s style and tradition biannual owned by Dazed Media, the place he served as editor-in-chief from 2015 till his departure in October 2019.

After leaving the publication, Katie Grand tapped him to function her co-editor-in-chief overseeing menswear protection at LOVE. He has additionally labored with Grand (who exited the journal she based in September final yr) on her newest enterprise The Excellent Journal.

At ES, Cobb could have a broader remit to look at tradition and life-style traits. “I feel it’s going to be actually liberating,” he mentioned. “What I’ve all the time carried out — or all the time tried to do — is de facto plug that into wider tradition and vice versa, tie exterior cultural concepts and moments into style.”

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