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James Reginato

Writer-at-Large

Vanity Fair

New York, NY, USA

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James Reginato’s 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.

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; Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, at her remarkable Virginia estate; and the Prince of Wales, who allowed Reginato to accompany him on a week-long Royal Tour in anticipation of his 70th birthday. 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 renowned photographers, 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).

James Reginato’s Newsfeed

Vanity Fair
Ever Wonder What It Would Be Like to Run a Real-Life Downton Abbey? There’s a Podcast for That

"Entertained as we are by frothy tales of British royal and aristocratic life, we’ve rarely gotten the real story from the inside. Now, thanks to Emma Manners—properly known as Her Grace, the Duchess of Rutland—we can listen to it, in her new podcast series, Duchess, debuting this month..."

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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James Reginato’s Background

Vanity Fair
Writer-at-Large
2010 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Vanity Fair is a magazine of popular culture, fashion and 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

Ever Wonder What It Would Be Like to Run a Real-Life Downton Abbey? There’s a Podcast for That
Writer
Feb 2021
New York, NY, USA
James Reginato discusses the new podcast series created by Emma Manners - Her Grace, the Duchess of Rutland - is titled Duchess. The idea for the podcast came from Emma’s daughter, Lady Violet, who, while studying at UCLA, saw the romanticized views Americans have of British aristocracy. Emma says the podcast will show what it is really like to "run one of these places in the 21st century.”
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.
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