HOME’S ABOUT ITS PEOPLE TOO
IT WAS DEAD silent when I walked into the o ce on Monday. Ann wasn’t in and no laughter erupted from her corner. Siew Gek wasn’t in the pantry watering her plants. And there was no Matthew to call me “ah girl”.
The fi rst I see of anyone as he strides past my door is his shoes. Fashionably white sneakers is a recurring theme. Usually it was Melvin, doing his rounds. Sometimes he dropped in for a chat. Now, the athleisure footwear I see are Jacquie’s.
The sound of Laura’s wedges thumping on the carpet, I’ll always remember. I smile at her whenever she saunters by. Ane? Oddly, her shoes squeak (we’ve talked about this over whisky). Jaime marches like a general. Zara, Alethia, Mary and Mel are the coolest ninjas around. Lionnel and Aaron could even rock those tabi shoes, whereas Suhana much rather wears banana or pineapple prints.
Candice used to totter on heels, now she’s a gym rat like Clement, and wears black trainers all the time. Simon opts for Snoopy bedroom slippers, while Dylan occasionally slips socked feet into black rubber slippers with “Balenciaga” and “Supreme” scrawled in white marker.
Dear Reader, this isn’t your typical editor’s letter. And it might get me into a wee bit of trouble — with those I mention, failed to mention, and those who simply don’t see the point in what I’m saying.
But today isn’t your average day, week or month. Prestige has turned 18. And as part of the celebrations, these 304 pages have been put together to inform and entertain all of you who have nurtured us in this journey.
But if I may quote Dick Lee, “Home’s about its people too”. So if you aren’t already on fi rst- name basis, please allow me to also introduce Johnny, Catherine, Audrey, Marion and Thomas. Each of them, every one of the above, and others in editorial, art, sales, marketing, corporate and administration, PIN and AM make the entire Prestige universe possible.
Prestige has also added members who’ll take print into a new decade. You know them; they’re familiar faces. Lena and Grace need little introduction — welcome!
With Prestige now of age — it’s legal for us to drink, drive, and even own a sword (it’s true!) — there’s no better time for this de facto guardian to take a step of her own. I’ve walked side by side and in the footsteps of the family for the last decade, and it’s now time to fl y the nest. I’m incredibly excited for what my future holds. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who’s witnessed my/our journey. Now excuse me, I’m o¤ for drinks with the kakis.