Interview Magazine, the iconic arts and culture publication, is folding, handwriting that was on the wall a few months ago, when Interview abandoned its offices in a landlord-tenant dispute over unpaid rent, followed by a lawsuit filed in early May by Fabien Baron, Interview's former editorial director. Ezra Marcus, an associate editor at the magazine, said by email with the New York Times on Monday, that the staff was notified earlier in the morning that Interview, founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, was closing and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Interview was purchased by Brant Publications in 1989, two years after Andy Warhol died. Billionaire Peter M. Brant is a contemporary art collector married to former top model and Victoria's Secret pre-Angels muse Stephanie Seymour.
The May 2 lawsuit filed against Interview by former editorial director Fabien Baron and his wife, stylist Ludivine Poiblanc, cited more than $600,000 in unpaid invoices. Baron -- the former creative director of Calvin Klein and now head of ad agency Baron & Baron -- resigned after nearly 10 years as editorial director. Sources say that Karl Templer, who left his position as Interview’s creative director, was owed at least $280,000. Templer was also mentioned in the Boston Globe's winter expose on sexual harassment of models.