The best is yet to come
It kind of blows my mind that I’m helming Esquire Singapore as the new editor-in-chief. After all, it was only six-and-a-half years ago that I was working as a corporate lawyer in Melbourne; bashing away on a computer, reviewing contracts and working into the early hours of the morn fuelled by flat whites and takeout. Today, I’m living in Singapore and overseeing a men’s lifestyle journal that counts the likes of Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald as its alumni. I’m still bashing away on a computer and working into the early hours, but I’ve swapped flat whites for Americanos (because, as my first editor told me, “fashion is skinny”), and soul-destroying licence agreements for fashion spreads and investigative features. I’m literally living my dream.
It all started with a love for storytelling. Whether that story is told visually through bold and compelling imagery, or communicated through words that question and captivate, I’m passionate about painting a picture, revealing a truth untold and sparking conversation through insightful journalism. And this is the vision for Esquire Singapore— to pick up the mantle of meaningful storytelling (seasoned with wit and good humour)— but executed with a spirit of innovation. Disruptive yet intelligent. Weird yet wonderful. Hence, the distinctive new cover design. In short, we exist to inspire men to live their best lives, but we’re going to look crisp AF (and have a bunch of fun) in the process.
When it comes to the book that you hold in your hands, there is a refocus on long form and evergreen content. Transient news pieces have been shifted to online to make way for an opening column by Neil Humphreys (see “Neil Before God” on page 20)—a
Esquire Singapore monthly discourse on the magazine’s theme, and importantly, how it relates to our society—plus a page dedicated to literature (think: poetry, short fiction and even comic strips) as a platform to support local and regional writers (check out “This page is lit” on 22). But it’s not just all words. Understanding the visual crack that besots this social media generation, we are breaking up our feature stories with a photo essay (flip to Anton Lim’s “United States of Asia” on page 97), and have peppered the magazine with artful product shoots by our friends at Studio Oooze (see “Still Life” on pages 24, 58, 96, 138 and 161) to enable talented photographers to tell their own stories.
For this month’s “Language” issue, we wanted to unpack the evolution of communication—from the use of AI in powering Siri (read “There is a Terminator in your iPhone” on page 111) to the new words that are added to the dictionary each year (see “Word Up” on page 104)—and, some would say rather ambitiously, to break Singaporeans out of our culture of silent conformity and to speak up. Which is why we’ve chosen social commentator and comedian Vinny Sharp for our cover (see “With a Tongue of Fire and Steel” on page 76). Questioning the status quo is not only critical for progress, it keeps us on our toes. Let’s start a conversation. Let’s agree to disagree. But whatever we do, let’s not stay quiet.
Yes. There are changes afoot. But they are all orchestrated to make you fall back in love with thoughtful storytelling. It’s going to be an awesome adventure. Join us for the journey. The best is yet to come.