media | Oct 23, 2023 |
Galerie and Aspire part ways

Galerie and Aspire are going their separate ways. Three years after forming a partnership that saw the design-and-art publication team up with the Hudson Valley–based publisher, the two have agreed to dissolve the relationship. Galerie will operate as an independent title starting with its forthcoming winter issue.

“After several years in partnership with Aspire, [we] have determined that we want to focus our efforts exclusively on building the Galerie brand,” wrote owners James and Lisa Cohen in a statement to Business of Home. “We have seen tremendous support from luxury consumers and marketers, who clearly feel that Galerie has carved out a unique niche in an ever-changing media marketplace.”

In a separate statement, Aspire president and CEO Steven Mandel wrote: “This decision … was reached through a constructive and amicable process with the best interests of both parties in mind. Several factors contributed to this choice, including shifts in the market landscape, changes in business strategies, and evolving priorities for both organizations.”

This development marks the fourth iteration of Galerie’s publishing arrangement. The magazine, which the husband-and-wife duo founded in New York in 2016, was originally operated through Hudson Publishing, a venture born from James Cohen’s family business, Hudson News. A year later, the Cohens formed an agreement with Sandow in which the media conglomerate was to handle the operations and logistics side of the business while Galerie maintained its own editorial operations.

That deal was unwound in 2020, when Galerie left Sandow for Aspire, the publisher of Aspire Design & Home and a range of custom magazines for design centers and brands. At the time, the partnership was described as a way for the two companies to benefit from each other’s strengths: Aspire would bring print publishing and showhouse expertise, while Galerie had art world bona fides and a growing digital presence. Moreover, uniting Aspire Design & Home with Galerie was seen as a compelling sales pitch for advertisers.

“Our intent with Galerie is to deploy our sales team and their existing sales team and give both teams another brand to work with. That creates a strong efficiency for our advertisers,” Mandel told BOH at the time.

Now the Cohens will focus on Galerie as an independent entity—their statement references “an aggressive three-year plan that includes significant investment to grow the audience and build out digital capabilities.”

In Mandel’s statement, he says that his focus will be on the forthcoming 2024 Aspire House designer showcase in Connecticut and growing the company’s custom publishing division.

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