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James Reginato

Writer-at-Large

Vanity Fair

New York, NY, USA

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Biography

Writer and editor James Reginato has been a leading journalist for the past two decades. Currently a Writer-at-Large for Vanity Fair, and a contributor to Sotheby's Magazine, he was formerly W Magazine's Features Director.

Engaging his far-ranging network of contacts and connection-making skills, Reginato has landed rare interviews with some of the world's most elusive and fascinating individuals in their extraordinary habitats, including His Highness the Aga Khan, at his chateau in Chantilly, France, and Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, at her remarkable Virginia estate. In Mumbai, he was the only journalist allowed inside the 32-story Antilia, the world's tallest and most expensive private house, which was the subject of global media frenzy when billionaire Mukesh Ambani moved into it in 2012.

Collaborating on these stories with top-ranking photographers and using his keen abilities as a journalist and story-teller, Reginato has produced many highly-admired magazine profiles over the course of his career. In 2016, his first book was published, Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats (Rizzoli Books), a uniquely intimate and lively look at some of Great Britain's most historic and majestic houses and the remarkable families who still live inside them. In 2019, he wrote the introduction to John Richardson: At Home (Rizzoli Books).

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Simon Watson: Master of Light

Editor and writer James Reginato has for years worked with Watson and calls him both friend and colleague. He describes those joint assignments for magazines as “among the most rewarding experiences” of his career, not just because of the calibre of the shoot they would deliver for the magazine, but for the sense of adventure and discovery each shoot would bring. “In those pre-digital and gloriously glossy days when our careers were new, landing with Simon at Fiumicino, or whatever airport it might be, was always the start of a great adventure,” says Reginato. “Long before Google Maps, I’m sure I got us lost countless times. We sometimes drove in circles around half of Tuscany before we found that castello or villa."

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A Lighthouse for Magazines

After being forced to close due to Covid-19 restrictions, Casa Magazines in the West Village, owned by Mohammed Ahmed, was allowed to reopen due to the work of some loyal residents. "The sudden go-ahead from the city was the result of some frantic maneuvering by two West Village residents, James Reginato, a writer-at-large for Vanity Fair, and George Capsis, the CEO of the neighborhood’s monthly paper, WestView News, who lobbied Corey Johnson, the speaker of the New York City Council, and Freddi Goldstein, the mayor’s press secretary, for help. 'Mohammed was distraught after the cops barged in, and I was outraged for them,' Reginato said."

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James Reginato’s Background

Vanity Fair
Writer-at-Large
2010 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Vanity Fair is a magazine of popular culture, fashion & current affairs published by Condé Nast in the United States.
Sotheby's Magazine
Contributing Writer
New York, NY, USA
Sotheby’s magazines enrich readers with sophisticated content related to art, design, jewels, watches, wine, real estate and much more.
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Publications

The Lives of Others: Sublime Interiors of Extraordinary People
Contributing Author
Sep 2020
New York, NY, USA
The Lives of Others: Sublime Interiors of Extraordinary People is an intimate look into a world of beauty. From a seventeenth-century Italian palace and retreats in the Swiss Alps and Morocco to artists' studios and noble residences in Austria and Spain, this book showcases personal environments that reveal the creativity and personality of their distinguished inhabitants.
Tour a New York Couple's Classic Martha's Vineyard Home
Writer
Jul 2020
New York, NY, USA
Written for Architectural Digest, James Reginato's article focuses on how a couple brought an 18th-century house on Martha’s Vineyard into the 21st-century, while staying true to the home's original character.
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