Aug 22, 2017
Stephen Todd is fun, intelligent, accomplished and humble. Born in Yallourn, raised in Melbourne he moved to Paris age 30 to simply try somewhere new. That time turned about to be 20 years and took him from hand beading bras into the company of fashion gurus like Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood. In Paris he established himself as a writer and editor. He was the Paris fashion correspondent for The Australian for 14 years, as well as writing on architecture and design for a selection of papers including The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde and mags of merit most notably American Vogue. Stephen set up a Paris-based boutique branding and communications agency called concept+image in 2005, working in the luxury sector for clients including Moët & Chandon, Woolmark, Kopenhagen Fur, Swarovski and in 2008 he accepted an offer to become Director of Branding & Communications (Global) of Swarovski.
In 2010 Stephen decided it was time to head back to home to Sydney but on arrival he decided that if he was going to live in Australia he wanted to really live in Australia and so moved out to a small house on a large wheat and livestock property 5 hours inland, nearest town Forbes. Never far from the action however he is still travelling and is now Design Editor of the AFR Magazine and a weekly contributor to the Life&Leisure section. He is also at the helm of the features of Habitus quarterly, a section he has branded In Habitus Veritas. I expect he will never stop even when sequestered on a property 5 hours outside of the city.