"NEVER MIND THAT JAMES TRUMAN and Sebastien Leon are Europeans. They're also archetypal New Yorkers. Both have lived out versions of the city's bootstrapping myth: arriving as ambitious young men, plunging into the demimonde and ascending to become tastemakers and toasts of the town.
Truman, 54, came to New York from London in 1981, earning a couple hundred dollars a month as a music critic for the groundbreaking British magazine The Face. Thirteen years later, at just 36, he graduated to one of the city's top jobs: editorial director of Condé Nast publications. He stepped down in 2005, complaining that the magazine business had become "conventional" and "business-driven" and now spends his days on various entrepreneurial and artistic ventures, including helping run an organic farm in upstate New York with his friend André Balazs. Leon, a globe-trotting Frenchman from the Loire Valley, arrived in the city 13 years ago."Read more.