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Jo Ellison

Editor, How to Spend It

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Now the editor of its luxury lifestyle supplement How to Spend It, Jo Ellison first joined the Financial Times from British Vogue, where she held the role of features director. 

Born in Cambridge and raised between London and Dubai, Ellison studied history at The University of Edinburgh, where she met her husband, playwright Enda Walsh. They moved to Cork, Ireland where she joined The Irish Examiner as a sub-editor, quickly progressing to the features desk. Ellison then moved to London, where she became features editor at The Independent, writing arts reviews and shaping articles by then-fashion editor Susannah Frankel.

In 2008 she pursued an opportunity at British Vogue, where she became features editor, and then features director, before taking over as fashion editor at the Financial Times from Vanessa Friedman who moved to The New York Times in 2014. She is the second-ever person to inhabit the role after the newspaper decided to invest in regular fashion coverage in 2002. Her opinionated columns and intelligent articles have earned her a large audience of industry decision-makers.

“I see myself as a storyteller and for me, the most flattering thing is when someone who has absolutely no interest in fashion says, ‘I love the piece that you wrote about such and such.’ I think that’s great and genuinely feel that I’ve achieved something,” she said in an interview on her role at the FT.

Ellison is the author of “Vogue: The Gown,” a collection of images from Vogue’s photography archive.


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