Prestige (Thailand) - - EDITOR’S LETTER - | François oosthuizen | MAN­AG­ING ED­I­TOR fran­cois.o@burda.co.th

Three years ago, we had the hon­our to work with HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana for our 10th an­niver­sary cover. It was a huge priv­i­lege and the whole crew was in awe with how pro­fes­sional and gor­geous HRH was in front of the cam­era – as if we were work­ing with a top, pro­fes­sional model.

When it came time to de­cide who we would ask to grace our 13th an­niver­sary cover, the de­ci­sion was unan­i­mous. Af­ter all, three years is a long time, and dur­ing this time HRH Princess Sirivannavari’s fa­ther – His Majesty King Maha Va­ji­ra­longkorn Bod in­dra de bay a var an gkun, Rama X – had be­come the sov­er­eign of Thai­land. That makes HRH Princess Sirivannavari one of the most se­nior mem­bers of Thai­land’s royal fam­ily, and it’s a role that she em­braces in the most stylish, gra­cious and ded­i­cated man­ner pos­si­ble.

Mean­while, HRH Princess Sirivannavari’s name­sake fash­ion la­bel has also been go­ing from strength to strength with ex­cit­ing new col­lec­tions, her pas­sion for horse rid­ing has seen new heights, and to top it all off she re­cently re­ceived the pres­ti­gious Sil­pathorn Award by the Cul­ture Min­istry’s Of­fice of Con­tem­po­rary Art and Cul­ture. In­deed, there was a lot to catch up with, and we were ab­so­lutely thrilled when we fi­nally got the green light for an in­ter­view and photo shoot. An­other high­light in this is­sue is the 2018 edi­tion of “The Van­guards – 40 Un­der 40”, a trib­ute of sorts to 40 in­di­vid­u­als un­der the age of 40 who are all trail­blaz­ers in their own right. We salute these men and women for their courage and con­vic­tion to suc­cess­fully pur­sue their pas­sions – and in do­ing so, earn­ing the re­spect of their peers and every­one in Thai so­ci­ety.

As is cus­tom­ary, our an­nual WED­DINGS sup­ple­ment is also pub­lished in September, packed with trends and in­spi­ra­tion to make your spe­cial day the most mem­o­rable of your life.

As we reach this 13-year mile­stone, it would be re­miss of us not to thank our read­ers, clients, col­lab­o­ra­tors, part­ners, con­trib­u­tors and sup­pli­ers for your loyal and con­tin­ued sup­port.

We raise a glass to you all. Thank you from all of us!

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