Annie Flanders, Founder of Details Magazine, Dies at 82

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Annie Flanders, Founder of Details Magazine, Dies at 82

She was born Marcia Weinraub on June 10, 1939, from the Bronx to Dorothy (Lautman) and Ralph Weinraub, a real estate agent known as Lefty. She attended New York University for three years, studying retailing and journalism (and won Miss New York University in 1959).

She worked as a buyer and fashion director for Gimbals department store, among other emporia, and then opened Abracadabra, a funky clothing boutique on the Upper East Side in the late 1960s, whose decor featured a mirrored erector. -Set contractions included. An old amusement park. She met her longtime partner, Chris Flanders, an actor-turned-contractor previously named Christian van der Put, when he helped her create a display for the store. He didn’t think the name Marcia was a good fit for him; To him, she was more of an Annie. So she adopted that name along with her last name, although they never married.

In 1988, Details was purchased by the Newhouse family’s publishing empire, Advance Publications, which owns Vogue, along with other glossy titles, for a reported $2 million. Jonathan Newhouse was its first year publisher, before moving to Paris in 1989 to oversee the company’s international titles.

Despite its popularity and influence, the description struggled financially, although at the time of its sale it had paid $100,000. Ms Flanders was fired two years later, and the magazine was re-imagined as a men’s publication, with former Vogue editor James Truman as editor in chief. The magazine was closed in 2015.

In the 1990s, Ms Flanders and her family moved to Hollywood, where she re-established herself as a real estate agent, although she did not drive, working alongside her daughter, Rosie, who did. His daughter is saved from him. Mr Flanders died in 2007.

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Decades never end neatly, and the ’80s were no exception. b 1989 The ranks of the downtown world chronicled so lovingly by Ms. Flanders were destroyed by AIDS. Ms. Mueller died that year, as did thousands of others.

“We thought it would last forever,” said Mr Musto. “We thought the magazine would last forever.”

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