Looking back at fall in the rearview mirror, it can feel like it was here and gone in a second, but luckily here at DuJour we have plenty to remember.
We welcomed the new season at our end-of-summer brunch with former police commissioner Ray Kelly, Good Day New York’s Greg Kelly and Just Drew designer Andrew Warren at Topping Rose House in the Hamptons—soaking up as many of those final warm afternoon hours as possible. And September was full steam ahead: In Miami we celebrated our favorite new member of the Heat, the supremely talented Amar’e Stoudemire, at Shareef Malnik’s The Forge—and back in New York we fêted our digital cover star, Jason Derulo, who brought down the house with a private performance at Avenue nightclub. In October we raised a glass to living legend Lionel Richie at the PHD Terrace at the Dream Hotel Midtown—with thanks as ever to Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss. The following night, in a very special first for us, we toasted the unveiling of our Gamechangers issue at the Friars Club, made unforgettable by the brilliant planning of Paul Alitzer. We were thrilled to celebrate the issue’s cover stars—Derek Jeter, Katie Couric, the Fat Jew, Airbnb’s Brian Chesky and the breakout electric car ingénues Faraday Future—who we know to be visionaries in their respective fields.
Of course, none of this would have come together without a dedicated team turning the wheels behind the scenes. The editorial and digital teams are always working to make the reader’s experience smoother and more engaging, and we are delighted to say since this time last year our website’s monthly uniques increased by 123 percent, and we nearly doubled our newsletter subscribers and social fans. Speaking of digital growth, we are also thrilled to announce a new member of our team: industry veteran Leslie Farrand, who has joined DuJour as chief revenue officer. Many exciting developments ahead!