Another Madison Avenue Working Stiff

I’ve been working at a magazine for the past few weeks and today my first issue came from the printers. The magazine is called Quest and is basically New York’s last Society magazine — capital S. We cover the Upper East Side/Hamptons/Greenwich/Palm Beach crowd.

They were closing the November issue when I started and I was thrown a few last-minute stories to bang out, including a piece on the latest book by Nicholas Foulkes, my comrade at The Rake, on the most legendary costume balls of the 20th century. I also got to do an advertorial for The Plaza Hotel which was kind of fun, and copy edit Taki.

We’re still figuring out my role, which will likely be a combination of editorial and marketing duties. One of the things I need to do is revamp the website and start blogging daily. New Yorkers are encouraged to follow me and the crew at You can also follow us on Twitter, where some of our tweets will be penned by Robert I. Brown, the teenage blogger I wrote about a couple of years ago, who moved to New York last month and is interning at the magazine while studying fashion merchandising.

And of course if you’d like to subscribe, send an e-mail to

Quest occupies a penthouse office strewn with oriental rugs and sailing paraphernalia. My office features an old wooden desk. I haven’t asked yet if I can smoke my pipe.

There are some interesting coincidences with the magazine. First off, they interviewed me some five years ago for a story on dandyism when I was living in California. And friend Bruce Boyer has scribed for Quest in the past.

But most coincidental is the office’s location: Madison Avenue at 48th Street, which is just one block from J. Press and four blocks from the historic Ivy intersection of 44th and Madison, where Chipp and Press were once located across from Brooks Brothers.

Speaking of the brethren, my golf game should stay sharp through the long winter since I can hit on the simulator every day at lunchtime.

I still plan to continue Ivy Style — at least until my four-year graduation day — and hope the site doesn’t suffer too much from neglect or misplaced commas. And with any luck I’ll come across some interesting fodder for the site. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD

18 Comments on "Another Madison Avenue Working Stiff"

  1. Congratulations! Hope you can continue Ivy Style – I like it a lot.

    Maybe you could post about your new office in more detail – it sounnds interesting from an interior design point of view.

  2. This is awesome news–what a great opportunity! Best of luck to you!

  3. Arthur Orton | November 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm |


  4. Congrats – I really enjoy Quest magazine, so looking forward to seeing your contributions. Wonderful!

  5. The Quest office is also one block north of the late and lamented F.R. Tripler and one more from the original Abercrombie & Fitch.

  6. Richard Meyer | November 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm |

    Very good! Quest is a fine magazine, and David Patrick Columbia is a gem.

  7. But will those gullible UK tools have a reason for living once the object of their insane jealousy has ceased pulling their chains? Oh well, they served their purposes I suppose.

  8. Maybe it would be sporting of us to pool our money and purchase subscriptions to Quest for Russell Street and LBF so that they can write insults in the margins of CC’s stories?

  9. So, when will you be turning Ivy Style over to Richard?

  10. Hey, your Quest office is kinda close to
    the Yale Club (on Vanderbilt & 44th —near Madison &
    near Grand Central station).
    Good luck; it sounds like a great project!!!

  11. The dresses on those girls are as tasteless as something from the 1960s.

  12. Sell-out! Corporate hack!

    Oh, wait. You never hid the fact that you’re a journalist and that you make money (or at least try to) by writing.


    Seriously, congratulations. I hope that all continues to go well with you, personally and professionally.

  13. Please don’t abandon the blog! I don’t comment much but lurk, and really enjoy what you do.

  14. Congratulations and good luck with your new endeavor!!!

  15. Lets not forget the Swedish Church is right there, Ja

  16. Commenting on this now since it popped up in the “From the Archives” plug on the homepage. I subscribed to this magazine when you put this post up five years ago. I was dinged the subscription amount at the time (I can’t remember the exact amount, maybe $20). The company then proceeded to NEVER SEND ME AN ISSUE; not even one. I contacted them by phone and email countless times to lodge my complaint, and I never received a response. What a poorly run business is this publication. Very disappointing.

  17. Vern Trotter | March 7, 2019 at 7:23 pm |


    The same happened to me for about six months; then one day it showed up and I received it for several years. Except for Taki, really not much there. DPC is a good fellow though. Get it now online.

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