Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

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Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a fan­tas­tic break and are re­freshed, su­per­charged and ready to make this your best ever year. I was lucky enough to get to An Evening with Oprah Win­frey when she vis­ited Aus­tralia, so per­haps I’m still chant­ing in her ‘Best You Ever’ scrip­tures. OTT per­haps, but I love the sym­bol­ism of a New Year – I fully buy into the op­por­tu­nity to re­set, make new plans, new goals and am­bi­tions for my­self. I guess you do too, as our Back-to-busi­ness is­sue is al­ways one of our most pop­u­lar, so let’s go with it. In this brand-new is­sue of GQ Aus­tralia, you’ll find all the am­mu­ni­tion to build a new you for 2016. From your home of­fice, to your brief­case, to a ver­sa­tile work wardrobe and a new groom­ing arse­nal, we have your out­ward ex­pres­sion of suc­cess sorted. Then there’s the more mean­ing­ful ad­vice in GQINC., our depart­ment for as­tute ca­reer di­rec­tion, that will help achieve the holy grail of work-life bal­ance and, as al­ways, some stern busi­ness acu­men and in­spi­ra­tion from The Boss him­self, Mr Mark Bouris – all pack­aged to coach you to greater heights this year. And it looks like it’s go­ing to be an in­trigu­ing year to enjoy too. Sport and pol­i­tics will be at the fore­front as we head into an Olympic and elec­tion year both here and in the US. At the time of writ­ing, Amer­ica is set for a show­down be­tween Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump – un­be­liev­able yes, but likely to be highly en­ter­tain­ing. Lo­cally, be­fore Christ­mas, the elec­tion seemed like a for­gone con­clu­sion with the Turn­bull gov­ern­ment’s ex­tended hon­ey­moon, but who knows what lies ahead as things heat up in 2016. In a quest to get to know the key play­ers more per­son­ally, for­eign min­is­ter Julie Bishop sits down with GQ to kick off our po­lit­i­cal cov­er­age. What’s with her love for the emoji? She re­veals all on page 46. With a new year also comes new hori­zons for GQ. This month, I’m hand­ing over to the new ed­i­tor of GQ Aus­tralia, Matthew Drum­mond. Many will know I’m the John Farn­ham of ed­i­tors, hav­ing stepped back in for one last term in 2015 while I found a re­place­ment to run the brand. I have to say, I’ve had a fan­tas­tic year and it’s hard to sign off (again). So hard, our chief sube­d­i­tor Mike, as gen­tle as he is, had to lit­er­ally stand over me all week to prize this fi­nal let­ter from my fin­gers. Looks like there’s al­ready sep­a­ra­tion is­sues. I have to thank the bril­liant team for making the year what it was. As I men­tioned last is­sue, we won Mag­a­zine and Cover of the Year at the pres­ti­gious Pub­lish Awards – the best achiev­able ac­co­lades in the in­dus­try. The guys also put on a stonk­ing farewell party – OK, maybe that was the GQ Men of the Year Awards, but I’m to­tally claim­ing it. Catch up on all the fun from the event, and see our in­cred­i­ble line-up of win­ners in a spe­cial fold­out wrap up. I don’t really like to say, ‘all good things come to an end’, rather, ‘all great things get bet­ter’. And I know, as I move more be­hind the scenes to run­ning the GQ busi­ness (and that of sis­ter ti­tles Vogue and Vogue Liv­ing), there’s even more ex­cit­ing ideas to come from Matthew and the team in 2016. Lastly, thanks to you, our au­di­ence. Thank you for be­ing more en­gaged with the GQ brand across its many forms. Be it through per­sonal thoughts and ideas sent to me, com­ing to our events, or in­ter­ac­tion through our var­i­ous so­cial chan­nels. As we’ve broad­ened our ed­i­to­rial re­mit this year, I’ve no­ticed such an in­cred­i­ble and pos­i­tive change to what it means to be a great Aus­tralian man, driven by you. Yes, the Aussie gent is more stylish, that’s a given. But he’s now some­one that wants to be more – more tol­er­ant of peo­ple’s dif­fer­ences, more ac­tive in driv­ing equal­ity for all peo­ple in Aus­tralia, more car­ing to be a fan­tas­tic dad, more open to change, and most im­por­tantly in the re­al­ity of the world to­day, more will­ing to make it a bet­ter place. And that’s a great, great thing.

Enjoy the is­sue,

Nick Smith ED­I­TOR IN CHIEF

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