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Stephen Todd

The Australian Financial Review / Design Editor

Stephen Todd began his writing career in Paris in the early 1990s where his immersion in the worlds of fashion, architecture and design saw him well-placed to contribute essays to journals of record including The New York TimesThe GuardianThe Australian and Le Monde, and magazines including Wallpaper*BlueprintFantastic Man and American Vogue.

In 1998 he launched Numéro magazine, a culture and fashion title which remains an industry benchmark to this day. He subsequently acted as editorial consultant to publishers Emap (UK), Excelsior (France) and the Louise T McBain Foundation (Switzerland) before launching boutique branding agency concept+image (Paris) in 2005.

Clients of concept+image included Woolmark, Lancaster Beauty, Moët & Chandon (LVMH) and Swarovski. From 2008 to 2010 Stephen was global Director of Branding & Communication for Swarovski Intl. for whom he brokered co-branding engagements with fashion designers including Giorgio Armani, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Alber Elbaz and industrial designers including Konstantin Grcic, Doshi Levien, Nendo and Neri & Hu.

Returning to Australia in late 2010 to take up the post of Design Editor of the Australian Financial Review newspaper, today he is Head of Publishing at Sydney’s Powerhouse museum.