10.25.2012

Gael Towey Leaving After 21 Years

When a reader emailed me with a link to a photo on Instagram, I could scarcely believe my eyes. It was a photo by Gael Towey of her office at the Starett Lehigh building in Manhattan in a state of disassembly with the caption, "Almost finished packing. It's been an amazing 21 years." Towey is resigning from her post as Chief Integration and Creative Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. To say I'm sad about this would be a huge understatement. Next to Martha, Gael was the most significant influence on the design and creative philosophy of the Martha Stewart brand, in all of its forms. Comments on the photo are all supportive and Gael says her last few days at MSO have been remarkable. Just last week Gael hosted journalists at her home to kick off the first annual American Made Awards with Martha in attendance. You can read about that here. I certainly wish Ms. Towey all the best in her future endeavors and I want her to know how deeply she will be missed by MSL readers and fans of the MSL brand. She is one of my greatest design heroines!
Gael Towey, right, goes over some of the Martha Stewart Living iPad features with Pilar Guzman, editor-in-chief.
Photo: The Martha Blog

9 comments:

Kevin said...

This is very sad. Her contributions to the overall Martha Stewart aesthetic can't be over-emphasized. She will be missed.

David said...

I wonder why she's leaving. It's sad that the 'originals' are slowly dwindling at that company.

Anonymous said...

GT was on staff for the test issue of the first martha Stewart Living --- what did that issue look like??? where is that test issue ?? is the Holy grail of MS fans??? Where oh where is that copy????

Kenn said...

I'm, I'm, speechless.. and quite sad to hear of this.

Jamie said...

I worked closely with Gael when our VP of design exited and Gael filled in. She was warm, intelligent, funny and had the sharpest eye I had ever witnessed. Working with her was one of my highlights of working for MSLO. Unfortunatley, MSLO is in a state of distress and has been since big mamma's "legal troubles." The rest of thew world sped by her and her brand. She's been playing catch up since. Unfortunately, there have been so many casualties along the way and the core of what made the brand, the brand, are being shed. It's heartbreaking. But, that being said, I wish Gael the very best.

Anonymous said...

A graphics deign trade magazine published a story written by her husband about the MSLO logo design -- that was June now an October Surprise

Rowaida said...

Will miss her in MSLO , she is an amazing person. Best wishes to Gael on her future plans.

Pru said...

I'm pleased this 'reader' was able to tell you about the sad news of Gael leaving.

ANDREW RITCHIE said...

I am too, Pru! I am too! :-)