After a year of serving as Tumblr’s Fashion Director, I am excited to announce that I’ll be leaving to pursue other independent opportunities.
The fashion community on Tumblr has grown tremendously in just a year, starting with only a handful of industry leaders and quickly expanding to over 200 of the world’s most creative fashion publications, designers, brands, photographers, models and stylists. Their presence has given way to the most incredible opportunities for this community’s young, emerging talent, and I am ever so thankful for having had the opportunity to work with each and every one of them.
It’s been an extraordinary learning experience working with such a world-class team at Tumblr, and I look forward to all of the amazing developments they have planned for the coming years.
He doesn’t state what these “independent opportunities” are, but since he has barely shown up at the tumblr offices for the last month we assume he’s been busy kissing Nina Garcia’s cheeks hoping for a job at Elle or something.
The main lol in this goodbye post is Rich’s implication that he had any major role in creating good relationships within the fashion industry. He is now famous for pissing off many people by selectively sucking only the teats he deems worthy of his attention. His notorious tumblr Fashion Week stunts have been almost universally panned as publicity fiascos of the lamest order. His blatant pimping and promoting of fashion/style tumblr users who are his personal friends is also no secret.
Tong’s departure is no loss for tumblr or for the fashion community. Perhaps now he will slink back to a web development job where he belongs, and stop trying to be the arbiter of internet fashion. The bigger question is, how will he be able to snag another model girlfriend without the impressive “I can make you famous on tumblr” pick up line?