Looking Back As We Look Forward
With this issue we embark on our 28th year. Whether we are talking in human or magazine terms, edging closer to 30 rather than 20 means we are no longer young. You might say that we are mature, venerable even, for the magazine world. In fact, Thailand Tatler, was the very first hua nok or international publications in the country, and we are still going strong.
That said, with the headwinds assailing the publishing industry wordwide during the last few years, it is no mean feat that we are still around. Many of our friends have called it quits. So how have we been able to survive? By innovating and adapting to cope with the changes. Whether we like it or not the world today is no longer as it used to be, especially in the fields of communications and media, and we need to move with the times.
But most of all, the reason we are still on the newsstands is because of the support of our readers and clients, for which we are eternally grateful. Many readers started out together with us nearly 30 years ago and over the years we have laughed together, cried together and grown together. Their children have since become our readers and we hope their children will too in time.
As usual our anniversary issue is special, bigger than our normal editions and filled with glitz and glamour. Our cover lady is Bui Porntip Nakhirunkanok, now known as Bui Simon. Thailand’s second Miss Universe talks about life 30 years after the crown was placed on her head and how her Angel Wings Foundation continues its work to educate underprivileged Thai students. Our annual Crimes of Fashion is back for those eagerly waiting to see who has been caught by the fashion police. We also look at how things have changed on the high society front during the last three decades. This walk through the past brings back memories of the things we used to do, the people who used to do them, and the places and things in trend back in the day.
We look forward to continue being your read of choice, whether digital or print. Again, we thank you for being with us all this time and hope to be around for many more years with your ongoing patronage.
elevated heights This grand staircase is part of a palatial home in Pattaya. To find out more check out Zign ofthe Times. (See p 188)