Will Welch

Editor-In-Chief, Gq
GQ / Condé Nast

In September 2018, Condé Nast named Will Welch editor-in-chief of GQ. In his role, Welch oversees all content creation, production and consumer experiences for each of GQ’s distribution platforms. Welch also serves as editor-in-chief of biannual fashion outlet, GQ Style, which he launched to critical acclaim in December 2015. He is the fifth editor-in-chief of GQ.

Welch joined GQ in May 2007 as an associate editor covering fashion, pop culture and music. He was promoted to senior editor in 2012, style editor in 2014, and creative director in January 2018. Over the course of his career at GQ and GQ Style, he has interviewed Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford and Kanye West, overseen acclaimed cover shoots with some of the world’s most iconic stars, and has been nominated for six ASME awards, winning for photography and design in 2019. In his first year as editor-in-chief, Welch oversaw the launch of GQ Sports, a YouTube channel devoted to the nexus of sports and culture, as well as the first ever New Masculinity issue, and a one of a kind shoppable Best Stuff special issue on GQ.com. He was also included in the BoF500, the annual list of people shaping global fashion by Business of Fashion.

Prior to joining GQ, Welch spent four years at the music, fashion, and lifestyle magazine The Fader, where he was deputy editor.

Welch graduated from Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife.

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