Reach for the Stars

Hong Kong Tatler - - To Our Readers -

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

Editor-in-chief

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