A Bright Future
The inaugural edition of Generation T, Thailand Tatler’s definitive list of the country’s most dynamic young movers, shakers, innovators and big thinkers, was recently launched to much fanfare at the luxurious Park Hyatt Bangkok
We celebrate the launch of the inaugural issue of Thailand Tatler’s Generation T list, the definitive guide to the country’s most influential young talents, entrepreneurs, creatives and big thinkers
over 200 people attended a chic bash for the inaugural launch of Generation T in Thailand. Many at the gathering were the bright young things who have made the list itself; others were members of the Tatler Tribe who helped put them there; still more were friends and family who came to celebrate our recognition of their loved one.
Generation T is Tatler’s new annual list of 50 people under the age of 40 in the nation who have achieved significant accomplishments in their fields and who, most importantly, show promise in continuing to create a positive impact on society. As an Asia-wide initiative, our sister editions in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong have also launched lists for their Generation T communities, thus creating an ultimate pan-Asian list of top young entrepreneurs.
On a deeper level, Generation T is a celebration of motivation and success for the purpose of perpetuating them. We wanted to gather a diverse group of individuals who’ve made it so that over the course of a year, through our publication, we can tell their story in the way that it deserves to be told: as further encouragement to them and as an inspiration to others. After all, Tatler has always been in the business of shining the spotlight. Why not then on the people who, as you read this, are out there defining what the future of our society is going to be like?
For our very first edition, we brainstormed with a distinguished panel of industry veterans and influential business leaders—the Tatler Tribe—to identify this collective of 50 outstanding individuals. In the end the final listees were selected based on their initiatives and accomplishments in the last 18 months, as well as for what makes them stand out as a voice of their generation. From art and cuisine to technology and the environment, there is no sphere that they have not taken on and made their own. Their achievements are all the more impressive because they are the results of their own painstaking efforts and not because of something that came from mum or dad.
The Generation T launch event, which was also attended by senior management from sponsor Cartier, included photo stations, light snacks and refreshments and an adorably flirty one-metre tall robot, which entertained guests in the foyer prior to the main event in the hotel’s ballroom. Other highlights of the night included addresses by Nigel Oakins, chairman of Thailand Tatler, and Tamara Lamunière, head of Generation T Asia; a talk show in which our digital editor, Mika Apichatsakol, chatted with two of this year’s Generation T honorees—Timo Trunk and AP Thailand’s Sappasit Foongfaungchaveng and Hubba’s Amarit Charoenphan—and, of course, the grand unveiling of the 50 names on this year’s list. The celebration was also attended by VIPs and celebrities including Natalie Glebova and Krissada Sukosol Clapp. After the main entertainment, guests mingled in the violet-tinted ballroom while DJ Ben Sorrawat Suviporn took to the decks until midnight.