Style.com: Sartorialising

Sartorialist

WWD reports today that Style.com has concluded an agreement to sell advertising on the Sartorialist blog maintained by Scott Schuman, a former fashion industry staffer who left a fashion sales showroom to create one of the best known blogs in the fashion blogosphere.

Women’s Wear Daily said:

A fashion label may get the best endorsement when its wares show up on a well-dressed city dweller photographed for fashion industry veteran Scott Schuman’s popular blog The Sartorialist. But for those who want more direct brand promotion, Style.com and Men.style.com will begin to sell ads forThesartorialist.blogspot.com beginning Sept. 1….

…The partnership is the first time the CondéNet properties have sold ads for a brand outside the company stable. Schuman’s blog, where he posts commentary on stylish men and women on the street, attracts more than one million unique visitors a month. He also pens a regular column for GQ and guest-blogs on Men.style.com and Style.com. "The Sartorialist reaches the person who really cares about fashion as a form of self-expression. He chronicles very chic people and his constituency are the people he photographs," said Dee Salomon, senior vice president of CondéNet. The site seeks to attract upscale automotive and consumer electronics as well as fashion brands. Style.com and Men.style.com and The Sartorialist will share advertising revenue generated from the blog. — WWD, 16 July 2007

This is, of course yet another sign of the increasing importance of fashion blogs as a communication vehicle for fashion brands, and it was smart of Scott to partner with CondeNet, who understand his demographic and who already have the advertiser relationships in place to generate ad sales.

Yet, having "upscale automotive and consumer electronics" ads next to Scott’s  eye-catching photos does raise some questions. Will they ruin the clean lines, aesthetic simplicity and fashion purity of the site?  Methinks it will be best to keep the ads focused on fashion and integrate them as cleanly as possible into Scott’s site, so as to maintain the integrity of what the Sartorialist’s 1 million monthly visitors are interested in: the photography.

Photo clip courtesy of Scott Schuman.