Reach for the Stars
very time we start to discuss who should be the subject of our cover feature, I’m reminded of my early days in magazines when I felt I had to personally nominate the most current person in fashion or film. Today’s digital landscape means there is a timeframe for when a potential cover subject is still considered a fresh face, but I’m still always excited to discover new talent. One of the best things about editing a magazine like Hong Kong Tatler is having the ability to help promote the people you think are doing something interesting.
A case in point is this month’s cover star, Ivan Pun. Dividing his time between Hong Kong and Yangon, Ivan seems to be everywhere right now and for all the right reasons. Photographed for this issue by Thirty30 Creative founder and close friend Victoria Tang- Owen, Ivan’s vision for a new Myanmar has seen him launch Pun + Projects, which includes dining, art and luxury retail concepts under its umbrella. But Ivan is also an advocate for a number of important charities, as is revealed in Madeleine Ross’ interview on page 210.
Hong Kong is a city known for its constant need for new experiences, not just new faces, so we caught up with several entrepreneurs who are changing the established face of both private members clubs and restaurants. Maggie & Rose Hong Kong co-founders Yenn Wong, Natalie Chan and Levina Li- Cadman have not only won over the town’s most discerning parents but have also managed to set a new standard for children’s educational play (p.242). Chris Mark and Syed Asim Hussain of Black Sheep Restaurants have seen their innovative eateries dominate the local dining scene one concept at a time, from La Vache and Ho Lee Fook to their latest offerings, Maison Libanaise and Belon (p.226). They aren’t slowing down anytime soon.
Finally, as this is one of two men’s issues we do each year, make sure to check out contributing editor Gemma Soames’ look at the modern take on traditional menswear (p.202). From London brands such as E Tautz and Thom Sweeney to local menswear haven The Armoury, this feature proves that talent is always emerging and it’s always exciting.
— Claire Breen Melwani