La Repubblica to Reboot Its Men’s Lifestyle Supplement With Key International Hires

MILAN — Building on the reputation carved out for D, its fashion- and lifestyle-focused weekly supplement, Italian progressive newspaper La Repubblica is gearing up to introduce a new men’s title in June, whose name has yet to be disclosed.

The glossy is set to replace dLui, which had been published since 2015 twice a year. The latter no longer reflects the higher positioning charted for the supplements, editor in chief Emanuele Farneti said. The new title will be published monthly, with six issues this year and between eight and 10 in 2025.

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Farneti will helm the new men’s title and has already made key appointments. Ben Kelway and Giovanni Dario Laudicina will serve as creative director and fashion director, respectively.

The former, a London-based creative director, established his studio in 2011 consulting for media clients across print and digital platforms and was named creative director of the biannual Pop magazine, as well as leading the men’s coverage at Arena Homme+ since 2014. In 2016 he launched Mastermind with Marie-Amelie Sauve.

Laudicina, best known for his former role as fashion editor and market editor at Vogue Hommes Paris, is currently a freelance stylist based in Paris who has collaborated with Fantastic Man, Dust, and AnOther, among other titles.

Farneti, a Condé Nast veteran, joined La Repubblica in 2021 in the role of editor in chief of D, with the additional mandate of overseeing the fashion and beauty content hub of the newspaper and its supplements.

Farneti started his career in the TV business and joined Condé Nast in 1999 as part of the team that launched the Italian version of GQ. After serving at other Italian publications — including La Gazzetta dello Sport, men’s magazines Sportweek, Men’s Health, Flair and Icon, which he launched — he returned to Condé Nast in 2014 as editor in chief of AD. In December 2015, he was named editor in chief of GQ and then of Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue in 2017, succeeding the late Franca Sozzani in the role.

After upscaling the D magazine, delivering covers by the likes of Paolo Roversi, Willy Vanderperre and Carlijn Jacobs, among others, Farneti last year introduced La Repubblica’s monthly supplement Door, focused on design, interiors and home decor.

The cover with Anja Rubik marking the new course of Italian weekly publication D.
The cover with Anja Rubik marking the new course of Italian weekly publication D.

La Repubblica and its supplements are part of the portfolio of the GEDI Gruppo Editoriale media group, which is majority owned by John Elkann’s Exor holding company.

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