It's a Man's World

Red Magazine - - Editor’s Letter -

We never like to take things lit­er­ally for the mag­a­zine. Call it stub­born, but I re­fused to put a male on the cover, sim­ply be­cause I was in­spired by this sub­ver­sive quote I read, "Al­ways make a woman do a man's job." Anna Sy (page 16) is a US-li­censed ar­chi­tect who is cur­rently a de­sign con­sul­tant here in Manila. She shares her story of grow­ing up as a girl who pre­ferred Lego over Barbie. We do have ex­cit­ing finds for our male read­ers though. Tod's takes lux­ury shop­ping to a new level with Sar­to­rial Touch (page 8), an old school leather salon where you can have cus­tom­ized goods made while en­joy­ing some whiskey on a beau­ti­ful, wooden bar and imag­ine your­self a New York mafioso in Mi­lan.

Tra­di­tional groom­ing never loses its touch. In fact, there are salons es­pe­cially for th­ese sprout­ing all over New York, and our baRED sec­tion (page 20) of­fers a com­plete guide on its es­sen­tials and ben­e­fits. My hus­band says so him­self: There is just some­thing in­ex­pli­ca­bly more mas­cu­line about brush­ing soap on your face and shav­ing hair with a straight ra­zor. It's only half as cool in the movies than in real life. I find it quite funny that he even goes to the trou­ble since he can’t grow a full beard. But why not? I be­lieve in do­ing things that make you happy, and this does, so I leave him to in­dulge.

French in­te­ri­ors are al­ways deemed fem­i­nine, and for in­spiRED (page 26), we fea­ture a man's fas­tid­i­ously cu­rated pad that com­bines a good bal­ance of both fluid de­sign and mas­cu­line ac­cents. It is a space that any­one would covet. I have to say this has to be my fa­vorite page this is­sue.

Lastly, we had the plea­sure to meet PBA founder and Olympic bas­ket­ball player Paeng Hechanova (page 31), who shared with us how phi­lan­thropy can ac­tu­ally be a ca­reer, and a ful­fill­ing one at that.

Ria Pri­eto

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