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    Covered Asia’s Top 5 Bag Picks for 2018

    May 10th, 2018

    1. Chanel 2.55

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    Chanel 2.55

    Originated from a hat stand to one of the most iconic fashion houses in the world, Chanel is a marriage of timeless style and practicality. Chanel 2.55 was born from the desire to create a hands-free classic handbag . The number 2.55 represents the month and year in which the first design was introduced: February 1955. Chanel 2.55 encapsulates the 180 stages involved in the making of one Chanel Flap bag An artisan’s training period is almost one decade using only the best quality cuts of lambskin and each stage is performed by hand.

    2. Hermes Kelly

    hermes-kelly-source-hermesThe Hermes Kelly bag gained popularity with its namesake of today from the glamorous Princess of Monaco – Grace Kelly. The Princess appreciated its purist aesthetic design and eventually procured a number of Hermes bags in various colours.

    A study conducted by Baghunter, revealed that the Hermes bag far outperformed both the S&P 500 and the price of gold in the last 35 years. The S&P has a real return average of 8.65% and gold has offered an average annual returns of -1.5%. However, Hermes Birkin has outperformed the S&P averaging an annual increase in 14.2%.

    3. Dior Lady

    On the occasion of Princess Diana visit to Cezanne exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, the Lady Dior bag was presented to her by France’s First Lady, Bernadette Chirac. Princess Diana was photographed by the International Press with the Lady Dior Bag on numerous occasions. In 1996, as homage to the Princess, it was renamed “Lady Dior” with her blessing.
    Created in a couture spirit, the stitching pattern is inspired by the Napoleon III chairs once used by Christian Dior during the first day of his fashion show in 1947. The letters D.I.O.R. on charm pendants act as an eternal signature.

    4. Prada Galleria Bag

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    The Prada Galleria

    The Prada Galleria Bag is a veritable icon of the luxury fashion house; it was a homage to Prada’s very first boutique opened in Milan within the Galleria Vittori Emanuele II. A true badge of honor for Prada, Saffiano veal leather yields unique striations as it is hot pressed. The classic iconic design is scratch-resistant, water-repellant and durable. This leather was used to make trunks for the royal family and it will remain as one of the designer classic.

    5. Hermes Birkin

    At Hermes, every collection tells of an inspirational and sometimes whimsical story. The story of the iconic Hermes Birkin bag goes that Jean-Louis Dumas was on an Air France flight from Paris to London. Five years earlier, he had taken over the fashion house founded by his great-grandfather. He found himself sitting beside Jane Birkin, actress and singer, who dropped her Hermes diary scattering a flurry of paper. Birkin complaint that it was hard to find a leather bag to hold her papers and a bag with sufficient pockets. He introduced himself and it has given birth to the Hermes Birkin bag.

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    The NAKA Phuket: Where Equilibrium Prevails

    May 10th, 2018

    The NAKA Phuket

    The Naka PhuketClandestine perched on the western edge of Phuket, The NAKA Phuket epitome of contemporary design, featuring 94 glass-built villas nestled amid an exclusive beach and magnificent mountain. Equipped with a private infinity pool and balcony, each iconic villa optimally integrates the basic elements of nature with a sweeping view of the Andaman Ocean.

    Dr. Chayanon Phucharoen
    Dr. Chayanon Phucharoen

    The hotel’s design is the brainchild of veritable architect Duangrit Bunnagand academic Dr. Chayanon Phucharoen. Armed with a PhD in economics, Dr. Chayanon Phucharoen rode against the odds and ventured into the real estate and hospitality industry through the establishment of his first hotel design: The NA. Phuket.

    Coupling Business with Academics

    COVERED ASIA: Coming from an academic background with a PhD in economics, how does that contribute to your success in the property development of The NAKA Phuket?

    Dr. Chayanon Phucharoen: Economic tools are good for business decision making. However, investment decisions cannot solely rely on economics for the final decision. Initially, The NA. Phuket was an investment project that I did not concur with, as the financial projections did not look good. Using a regression analysis, other quantitative tools were conducted to determine if the board of directors should invest in this plot of land. At that point of time, the financial indicators did not look good.

    The Last Plot of Land of the West Coast

    naka-1COVERED ASIA: Despite the unfavorable projected quantitative indicators, why did you go ahead with the real estate development project?

    Dr. Chayanon Phucharoen: Our two founders are equipped with the animal spirit or strong business acumen. From their gut feelings and long-accumulated experience, they had proven investment paths. Both of our founders had explained to me the reasons behind this project’s decision, as Phuket can be divided into the East and West Coasts. When you take a satellite picture at night, you will find that the West Coast is the brightest region. The bright lights indicate that most of the major developments occur in the West Coast. The NAKA Phuket was among the last freehold plots of land available for sale in Phuket. As it was among the last legitimate freehold plots of land available, they believed that this was a good investment opportunity.

    Academics and Real Estate

    COVERED ASIA: Would you concur that academics has no place in the realms of real estate and investments?

    Dr. Chayanon Phucharoen: No. The study of economics is a good tool to improve business models. Academics can show the calculated risks involved in an investment project. For example, we ran a test to research the most important indicator that affects our customers’ satisfaction. Using a multiple regression analysis on one of our premises, the results show that

     

    For more information on The NAKA Phuket, visit https://www.thenakaphuket.com/ 

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    Joseph Lor: Redefining Functional Luxury

    January 2nd, 2018

    #unCOVERED – Meet the Man who sets the benchmark for Functional Luxury

    Behind the history of Tocco Toscano lies James Lor – a veritable artisan in his own right who had the temerity to choose the road less travelled to establish a fashion house. James has handed over the reins of the family business to his son, Joseph Lor. Under his father’s tutelage, Joseph has taken Tocco Toscano to greater heights, while maintaining his artistic individuality through the launch of his own functional luxury brand – “Faire Leather Co.”

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    Meeting the Man Behind the Brand

    COVERED:  Would you like to tell us more about the history behind the brand and the man behind Tocco Toscano?

    JOSEPH LOR: Tocco Toscano is an Italian leather goods label now owned and operated by my family. I started working for my father, James Lor, 8 years ago, and I have always respected him for his creativity and work ethic.

    The youngest of four children, he went through the school of hard knocks in 1960s Singapore. A chance opportunity to work on binding leather Bibles gave him his first encounter with the basics of leather production which grew to become a lifelong passion. This is what fueled the successes of first TOSCANO, then TOCCO TOSCANO.

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    Toscano Boutique at Park Mall (1992)

    Fast forward to 2015, I was finally ready to take over as CEO. This gave my father some breathing room to focus on his passion; designing and creating leather goods. I drew up plans to improve operational efficiency and grow the business.

    COVERED:  Your father sounds like a man of great passion, fortitude and ambition. Would you like to tell us more about your apprenticeship journey under your father?

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    The launch of the Eodia collection at a press conference in Jakarta (1993)

    JOSEPH LOR: In terms of the craftsmanship aspect, I have only learnt the basics. My primary duties are on the distribution end of the business, which I have since taken over. My father is the brain that focuses on product development. So while I contributed a lot in terms of the design of Faire Leather Co.’s products, I relied on my father for the manufacturing aspect. However, I do love design, drawing and arts and crafts in general. I designed the second iteration of my father’s company logo when I was 9 years old. So one day, I do hope to take on the challenge of moving past product design and into product development one day.

    COVERED: Would you share with us some of lessons that you have learnt through  your apprenticeship? How does it feel working in the family business and continuing to build his legacy?

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    James Lor

    JOSEPH LOR: My father managed to turn his life around completely. He raised a family and built a business without the traditional privileges of money or education. Instead, he relied solely on undeniable passion, a hardcore work ethic and God. To me, that’s a pretty inspirational story that has taught me that good old-fashioned hard work and focus can overcome life’s obstacles and lack of privilege.

    JOSEPH LOR: As a kid, I remember how tiring it was for him to constantly travel and work late. Being the first-born child in my family (I have 2 younger siblings), I feel that is my responsibility to carry on his legacy. But don’t get me wrong, I am not doing this purely out of duty, being a part of this journey has been both stimulating and enjoyable too.

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    Joseph Lor

    Building a Legacy: Faire Leather Co.

    COVERED: We understand that you have decided to forge your own footprints and started your own new label: Faire Leather Co.. Would you like to tell us more about Faire?

    JOSEPH LOR: A contemporary take on men’s leather goods, the idea for Faire Leather Co. was sparked when my business partner, Ryan Choy, and I observed the lack of well-priced, quality leather goods that combine classic style with functional design.

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    Joseph Lor and Ryan Choy

    Ryan is your typical male working professional who needs a laptop, notebook, power bank all in a stylish bag. But he didn’t feel like there was anything available that was solving a truly simple and fundamental problem. This problem was a messy bag which made it impossible to find anything. This was when he approached me to see if we could figure out a bag designed to neatly fit literally all the essentials.

    COVERED: What is the inspiration behind The Bond Collection and The Specter Collection?

    JOSEPH LOR: Faire Leather Co.’s products are sleek and polished, as befitting a men’s luxury label. We have named our debut collections after iconic television and movie characters who are both timeless and stylish. It isn’t about just how good they look, but how well they go about their daily lives. Our debut collection, The Bond Collection, pays homage to James Bond, a man’s man who always keeps his tech and gadgets in their proper place. This way, they’re easily accessible – and they help to get the job done.

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    The Bond Everyday Padfolio

    COVERED: Would you like to share with us more about your factories and business model?

    JOSEPH LOR: One of Faire Leather Co.’s hallmarks is its direct-to-consumer (DTC) pricing. This means that it is without the mark-ups that typically inflate the pricing of luxury brands. In addition, Faire Leather Co. is a vertically integrated company – we run and own our factory, the same factory that has also produced for several luxury brands.

    Specter Travel Wallet
    Specter Travel Wallet

    This means Faire Leather Co. controls every process from production to delivery. We make savings throughout the entire production process, which we then pass on to the consumer. This sets us apart from other DTC brands, since we never have to pay a manufacturer’s fee or a sample production cost. This keeps our costs low, ensuring that we offer great value for a fair price compared to everyone else.

    The Next Business Dimension

    COVERED: Will you be coming up with more products? Where do you envision the brand to be in the next 5 – 10 years?

    JOSEPH LOR: We are planning to offer customisation options such as a monogramming service and interchangeable bag straps of different colours, materials and designs. In addition, we are also looking to expand our product line to include:

    1. Functional business card holders
    2. Backpacks
    3. Key pouches
    4. Unisex diaper bags
    5. A matte gunmetal hardware option for all products
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    Joseph Lor and Ryan Choy

    In 5 to 10 years, we hope Faire Leather Co. will be synonymous with Functional Luxury at a Fair Price. We aspire to be the go-to label for leather goods. Our consumers believe in our commitment to quality. Each product we create, not only make their lives easier, but also make them look good. We do all of these at the same time, without charging exorbitant prices for it.

    COVERED: In the past decade, fashion aficionados have seen interesting uses of technology in fashion and on the runway. With the rise of e-commerce, will Tocco Toscano or Faire Leather Co., be joining in the fight to capture a share of the fashion pie?

    JOSEPH LOR: Data is paramount for Faire Leather Co., the result of a joint venture earlier this year between Tocco Toscano and Yventures Group. Yventures is a Singapore-founded, data analytics-driven e-commerce company with a presence in over 20 online marketplaces around the world. The partnership has provided Ryan and me with insights into consumer mindsets and behaviours while guiding us to offer great value, leveraging on Y Ventures Group’s proprietary data analytics and specialisation in online retail and distribution channels.

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    COVERED’s Choice: 8 Christmas Gift Ideas

    December 24th, 2017

    8 Christmas Gift Ideas 

    Forego the cliché Christmas’s gift ideas this year. COVERED Asia’s editors have curated an array of ingenious gifts for your loved one. Whether your friend is an astute rainmaker who spends their days slaying deals in the office or a sports junkie with an insatiable appetite for killer workouts, these gifts are certain to satisfy even the most discerning gentleman or lady.

    1. Chanel
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    Acquiring one of the Parisian label’s iconic style is a present that appreciates in value over time; in the last six years, the value of Chanel bags had increased by a massive 70%.

    Launched in 1955, the iconic Chanel 2.55 flap bag retailed at $220 (£154). By the 90s, its price had risen to $1,150 (£810). Today, the investment bag is priced above $5,000 (£3,500).

    2. Clinique

    Clinique’s better clinical dark spot corrector and optimizer
    Clinique’s better clinical dark spot corrector and optimizer

    For the lady who desires a radiant glow, treat her to Clinique’s better clinical dark spot corrector and optimizer. Designed to reduce the appearance of dark spots and blemish marks in four weeks, the CL-302 provides a two pronged approach to an even skin tone and lasting brightness.

    3. Crème Maison Cakes

    Creme Maison brings a little festive cheer
    Creme Maison brings a little festive cheer

    Christmas is all about the delicious sweet treats in life – cakes, macarons, cupcakes and gingerbread. Whether you are looking to host the best Christmas office party, or pamper  your clients with festive gifts, home-grown Creme Maison Bakery has you covered. Indulge their taste buds with Crème Maison’s signature Floral Cupcakes. This year, they come in the iconic Christmas Wreath and Red Poinsettia designs. And for those who especially wish to impress, how about a specially made Macaron Tower Cake this year?

    4. Faire Leather Co.

    Specter Travel Wallet
    Specter Travel Wallet

    Redefining true value as functional luxury at a faire price, Faire Leather Co. has designed a collection inspired by James Bond. Charismatic, polished and intelligent, the iconic 007 always keeps his tech and gadgets in its proper place such that they are easily accessible because they help to get the job done.

    The Specter Travel Wallet will be an ideal gift for jet setters who wish to travel light, but travel smart. The travel companion features dividers to separate cash currencies, card slots, sleeves to organise SIM card ejector pins and SD/SIM cards, and a back slip pocket that fits the Specter Slim Cardwallet or a mobile phone. It also includes RFID Blocking technology to protect the individual against credit card fraud and identity theft.

    5. Theia Active

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    Empower (Bordeaux) by Theia Active

    For your female friend who adores sports, an edgy-chic piece combining femininity and sportiness with an edge will be the perfect Christmas gift for her. Theia Active has designed a range of high-performance sports apparel with maximum support for medium to high impact workouts.

    6. Yacht Cosmo

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    The best gifts in the world are not in the material objects one can buy, but in the memories that we make with the people we love. This Christmas, create lasting memories by sailing out to the deep blue ocean with your loved ones. Charter a yacht this Christmas festival with Yacht Cosmo and embark on a voyage of a lifetime.

    7. Ground Zero

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    Ground Zero. Source: Jeremy Lee Photography (@imjeremylee)

    For that friend who wants to get in shape next year, how about some tough love from Ground Zero? This Christmas, find their tribe, get sweaty, smash those goals and have fun. What more to begin the new year with a renewed sense of confidence and spanking hot bod.

    8. Azimut Yachts

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    Source: Azimut Yachts

    Azimut yachts are ideal for individuals who have it all, seek an adventure beyond the horizons and have a burning passion for deep blue waters. Give a gift unlike any other, a key which unlocks a whole new world in the vast expanse of the ocean. The Azimut yachts collection represents a brand that offers some of the most popular flybridge motor yacht and sport yacht styles in the world.

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    Timeless Perfumes – 5 Signature Scents You Can’t Go Wrong In

    August 1st, 2017

    5 Signature Timeless Perfumes that withstand the trends of time.

    For the fashionable intrigued, every season presents an au courant engaging stylistic alternatives packaged to engage the senses. In spite of the seductive messaging and game-changing narrative, these classics have always held its place as the most timeless perfumes of all time. The bottle can only be uncovered by the woman for whom it is destined.

    #5 Gucci Flora

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    Galvanized by princesses from the past, present and future, Gucci Flora is designed for the sophisticated, classy and refined woman. The formulation is an expression of the Flora legacy; the enchanting layers mirror the whimsical details and glistening chromaticity that channel the heart of the fashion empire.

    Coupled with the ‘Gucci edge’ of power and passion, the Flora donna is a young, refined and discerning lady. She is graceful, recherché and cultivated. Experience the enthralling formulation of Gucci Flora – an exquisite, ethereal and floral fragrance for the discerning lady in a bottle.

    #4 Shalimar Perfume By Guerlain 

    shalimar-perfume-by-guerlainThe Shalimar perfume by Guerlain encapsulates the promise of eternal love forevermore; the star oriental fragrance was inspired by the love story between an emperor and an Indian princess. In Sanskrit, Shalimar connotes temple of love. With its impertinent and shouldering character, the bottle embodies oriental fragrance, spell binding scent with a hint of the forbidden.

    #3 Estee Lauder Wood Mystique 

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    A pact of opulence and exclusiveness is sealed into the mystifying bottle; the Estee Lauder Wood Mystique transport the we are into a world of luxuriance and opulence beyond compare. Honoring artistry and elements true to the Middle East, the fragrant is a quintessential concoction of ancient hand-crafted splendor and extravagance. The lavishly woody formulation is a enchanting masterpiece with treasured rose flourishing at its heart.

    #2 Chanel No.5

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    The birth of Chanel No. 5 launched a revolution in a bottle. The classic bottle has since become an olfactory heritage; it is a timeless masterpiece and symbol of sophistication. The scent unfolds with a surge of orange tree blossom fragrance preluding into a impeccable unification of epicurean Jasmine and voluptuous May Rose, then on to vivacious woody base of Sandalwood and concluding with Bourbon Vetiver and Vanilla.

    #1 Miss Dior

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    The birth of Miss Dior launched a revolution in a bottle. With veritable riches concealed in her heart, Eau de Parfum Miss Dior fragrance is formulated for the elegant and spirited young lady in love. Romantic by nature, Miss Dior personifies the spontaneous joie de vivre of the prime modern women; she represents noble elegance, freedom and seduction.

    The fragrance glides from a sharp allurement of mellow crisp citrus preceding into efflorescent  floral notes, then on to the noble elegance of patchouli, before concluding with musk, the last trace of memory.

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    WAN VORASIT ISSARA: Benchmarking Luxury Resorts in Thailand

    July 10th, 2017

    #unCOVERED – Meet the Man who set the benchmark for Luxury Resorts in Sri Panwa Phuket.

    Perched on one of the globe’s most majestic coastlines, Sri Panwa Phuket sets the benchmark for luxury resorts in Thailand. The brand is the brainchild of a veritable real estate entrepreneur in his own rights and his audacity to choose the road less travelled.

    Though the audacious entrepreneur hails from a family of one of Thailand’s most established real estate developers, the Charn Issara Group, Wan Vorasit Issara was determined to forge his own footprints and ventured into the luxury hospitality industry. At the age of 23, Wan Vorasit Issara rode against the odds to conceptualize, build and manage Sri Panwa Phuket Resort to be the benchmark of luxury villa residences in Phuket.

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    Sri Panwa Phuket Thailand

    COVERED: Hailing from a family of one of Thailand’s most established real estate developers, the Charn Issara Group is well known for developing iconic residential and commercial real estate in Thailand. What inspired you to forge your own footsteps to venture into the hospitality industry instead of following your grandfather’s and father’s footsteps to focus on residential and commercial real estate?

    WAN VORASIT ISSARA: I grew up surrounded by my family members, who were all somehow involved in the industry. My family is a well-known developer and owns some of Bangkok’s most iconic buildings. I grew up on the construction site. The first construction site was at Charn Issara Tower 1, and I was about 2.5 years old. Every day after school, I spent time in my father’s office.

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    Wan Vorasit Issara

    WAN VORASIT ISSARA: I started my first job as a trainee in the hospitality business when I was 15 years old, cutting paper. I normally worked every summer. Other people chose to work at McDonald’s or shops, but I always preferred to work in a beautiful hotel and a beautiful place. I am a diva like that. I like beautiful things and beautiful properties, cars, restaurants, and clubs. I have also worked in restaurants and clubs since I was 17 years old.

    WAN VORASIT ISSARA: While studying in Switzerland, I always took an interest in researching for the best hotel around and enjoyed driving every weekend. When I was young, my mission was to own a restaurant or a hotel. Thus, when I first saw Sri Panwa, I felt like I had achieved my goal and uncovered a gold mine.

    Sri Panwa Phuket Luxury Pool Villa
    Sri Panwa Phuket Luxury Pool Villa

    COVERED: At the age of 23, you were tasked with the responsibility of setting up and managing Sri Panwa Phuket Resort to be the benchmark of luxury villa residences in Phuket. At that point in time, we understand that the plot of land included merely a few pools. How did the idea of Sri Panwa come about?

    WAN VORASIT ISSARA: We started with 4-5 people; they are my friends from DCT International Hostel and Business Management School in Switzerland. At the very beginning, we talked to all the brands, and they had plenty of ideas. But they weren’t developers. My family has been in the development business for more than 30 years, so we had our own ideas. For the resort, I wanted to apply our own concept and be free to choose key elements, like the design, the music, the food, etc. You never know what will happen if you give your baby to others.

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    The Habita (Baba Chino, Baba Hot Box, Terrace Bar, Shishi Lounge and Forest Waterfall Pool)

    WAN VORASIT ISSARA: Back in the day, when people booked through travel agents, brands had the advantage, but now online is king, which suits our business model, as we appeal to that independent spirit.We had complete trust in each other as well as a shared vision of what we wanted Sri Panwa to become. When you know you can count on your team, you will run into a lot less problems. We all had the full support of our parent company and their expertise in development. We wanted Sri Panwa to be a five-star resort with lots of fun rolled into one.

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    Wan Vorasit Issara

    COVERED: We understand that Sri Panwa Phuket Resort was the first property fund converted to a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in Thailand. What made you decide to convert from a property fund (Sri Panwa Property Fund) to a REIT?

    WAN VORASIT ISSARA:  It has been a very proud couple of years for all of us. We unveiled our new baby, Baba Beach Club, in both Phuket and Hua Hin and laid down the plans for the next exciting project, Sri Panwa in China as well as two IPOs. Last year, Sri Panwa was marked as a major milestone for Thailand’s capital market development, as Sri Panwa became Thailand’s first REIT. The conversion to a REIT ensures that our company will run it professionally and officially.

    WAN VORASIT ISSARA:  The purpose of its conversion is to facilitate the acquisition of new assets and increase the size of its asset portfolio to enhance returns and liquidity. We believed that Sri Panwa’s assets had great potential, with its management team highly experienced in hotel management.

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    Sri Panwa Phuket

    COVERED: What are your future plans for your hospitality development arm? Are you planning to create another product of a similar asset class to Sri Panwa Phuket Resort?

    WAN VORASIT ISSARA: Baba Beach Club, Phuket and Baba Beach Club, Hua Hin are our newest babies that are managed and developed by Sri Panwa. This brand is a luxurious music lovers’ hotel that will open this October in two of the most popular destinations in Thailand. We also run private residences just like Sri Panwa. Another one is in Hainan, China, which is under construction now and will be managed and developed through a collaboration between a leading Chinese property development company.

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    Baba Pool Club

    COVERED: Since the opening of Sri Panwa Phuket Resort , there has been an emergence of multiple five-star boutique hotels in Phuket. How do you stay relevant in the competitive five-star hotel industry in Thailand?

    WAN VORASIT ISSARA: I believe in the importance of being a team player and being personable. With all of my projects, I like to incorporate aspects of my passions, including boutique hotel design, great food, music, and even my passion for cars.

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    Wan Vorasit Issara

    WAN VORASIT ISSARA: A unique location, views, quality of workmanship of the villas, design, a spacious layout of villas and the entire resort allows for utmost privacy and a young and trendy brand image, which appeals to a growing young audience that wants luxury service without too much formality and stiffness.

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    Sri Panwa Phuket Luxury Pool Villa

    COVERED: What is the future of Sri Panwa Phuket Resort ? Will we be able to witness a new dimension of Sri Panwa Phuket Resort?

    WAN VORASIT ISSARA: Sri Panwa is an internationally recognized brand and we have been through many challenging and have made it successful. As for Sri Panwa’s REIT, we are also looking into hospitality assets abroad, including the UK, Italy, and other European countries, as prices are quite cheap at the moment.

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    Sri Panwa Phuket Luxury Pool Villa

    COVERED: This is my fifth time at Sri Panwa Phuket Resort and I am still enchanted by Sri Panwa and the panoramic ocean views of the Andaman Sea. Will you bring these concepts to other islands around the world?

    WAN VORASIT ISSARA: Yes definitely, for both Baba Beach Club. in both Phuket and Hua Hin. I’ve already laid down the plans for the next exciting project – Sri Panwa in China is now under development, and it will be open next year.

    Planning your next getaway?

    Baba Beach Club is located at 88 Moo 5, North of Phuket ,Natai Beach, Thailand, Takua Thung, Khok Kloi, Phang Nga 82140, Thailand.

    For more about the Sri Panwa REIT, read more here.

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    Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017

    June 5th, 2017

    #throwback – 7 highlights from the Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017

    Fashion has no precepts or rules. Contrary to mathematics or grammar, fashion is a field without conventions. After a decade of the Singapore Tatler Fashion Hall of Fame, the game changes have switched their gears. The brainchilds behind the legendary annual style extravaganza has re-engineered and re-designed Singapore Tatler Fashion Hall of Fame into the inaugural Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards. Covered Asia’s editors highlight the best of Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017.

    #1. Fashion is never just skin deep

    “After all, fashion is never just skin deep – it is a reflection of the choices we’ve made, the experiences that have shaped us, and hard-earned perspectives on how to live your best life.”– Jane Ngiam, Editor-in-Chief of Singapore Tatler.

    #2. The Most Classic Dresser 2017 – Grace Yeh

    Contesting against myths and traditional notions, Grace Yeh floored the audience with her recipient speech while receiving The Most Classic Dresses Fashion Award 2017: “Women are like fine wine, we get better with age.”.

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    Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017 – The Most Classic Dresser : Grace Yeh

    Whilst the beauty and fashion industry ride on women’s perpetually notion to aesthetically enhance their appearances, Grace Yeh accurately highlighted that it is more important to be beautiful on the inside. It is not the apparel that makes the man; inner beauty will always reign over outwardly appearances.

    “My parents taught us that it is not what you wear that matters, but how you present yourself to the world. Every woman benefits from beauty and youth, but what’s important is having confidence and pride in yourself, and allowing your inner beauty to be reflected in your appearance. “ – Grace Yeh

    #3. Fashion Disrupter – Margie Van Elten

    Fashion Disrupter, Margie Van Elten, defies all of vogue rules by embracing the process of change and allowing nature to reign. The beauty industry and scientists are ceaselessly cracking the code on ways to reverse the ageing process. Yet, Margie Van Elten ventures against the norm. True beauty and the heart of fashion lies therein understanding that time will change our appearances and it takes a bold spirit to embrace change graciously.

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    Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards 2017 – Fashion Disrupter : Margie Van Elten

    “About four years ago, I decided that spending three hours in the salon to get my hair coloured was a big waste of time. So I got a pixie cut to cut all the dye out, and I haven’t looked back since. Going grey has changed my fashion too. I used to dress more conservatively, but when I changed my hair, I realised that conservative plus grey hair equals old. So I started gravitating towards edgier pieces.”

    #4. The Symbol of Power Dressing – Comfort

    “Comfort – if you’re not comfortable and functional, that can take away your confidence. Whether you wear a suit or Speedos, that’s not going to change your intellectual capacity. Look at Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, the founders of Instagram and Snapchat, or Alibaba’s Jack Ma. They’re in jeans, hoodies and T-shirts. My family business deals with retail, so corporate attire for us usually means jeans and T-shirt.” – Sanveer Gill  

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    Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards – Most Stylish Man 2017 : Sanveer Gill

    Comfort is the new black. The true form of the symbol of power dressing – comfort. Decking up in a tailored haute couture suit does not equate to a man of fine character, high intellectual capacity or  a dapper gentleman with a great sense of style; fashion is more than just the clothes that make the man. It is a hard-earned perspectives on the way we live our lives based on our life experiences and the choices that we make.

    #5. The Set –Fashion Olympics

    Welcome to the arrivals arena, some of Tatler’s guests flex sartorial muscle in a Fashion Olympics, against a backdrop of glitz and glamour.

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    Left to right: Nicklaus Klein, Woon Yong Xin, Serene Tan, Liyann Seet, Johannes Christian See, Benjamin Khoh.
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    Singapore Tatler Awards 2017 – Most Stylish Woman 2017: Stephanie Lee
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    Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards – Fashion Newcomer 2017: Dawn Koh

    #6. Jim Roger turns into a South Korean Rapper 

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    Jim Roger decked in South Korean rapper gears

    Decked in a South Korean rapper gears, Jim Roger walked the fashion runway with a glass of whisky, started throwing money on the fashion runway, dipped his gold chain into a glass of whisky, licked it and kissed the hand of the emcee before making a grand exit. #whataballer

    #7. The Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards concluded the night with fashion moguls exploding onto the runway

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    (In clockwise direction from the top left) Andre Huber, Bobby Hiranandani, Oscar Mico, Jim Rogers, Billy Lee, Adrian Ng. Eyewear by Safilo.

    Theinaugural Singapore Tatler Fashion Awards concluded the night with fashion moguls exploding onto the runway in Adidas “rapper” gears. Flashed on the theatre screen was a remixed version of the  music video of the “Good Boy” by South Korean artists GD X TAEYANG; the fashion moguls have become the stars of the South Korean music video.

     

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    The MIKIMOTO Pearl Necklace Book Launch at JW Marriot Hotel, Singapore

    March 28th, 2017

    “The Pearl Necklace” by MIKIMOTO – a tribute to the legend of the Pearl Necklace.

    It is without a doubt that The Pearl Necklace is an emblem of tradition, quintessential heirloom and a symbol of feminine purity. Earlier this March, Mikimoto presented the world’s most authoritative periodical, at the MIKIMOTO Pearl Necklace Book Launch event in Singapore. MIKIMOTO’s “The Pearl Necklace” book is co-authored by jewellery historian, Vivienne Becker and award-winning journalist, Assouline. The book lends insight into the legacy of the MIKIMOTO pearl necklace. This authoritative volume transports readers on a mesmerizing, and insightful journey through the history of the pearl necklace.

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    MIKIMOTO Black South Sea Pearl Necklace with Diamonds (SGD $1.3million)

    Adorned by Royalty

    Renaissance Queens, Maharajahs, and Hollywood starlets have infused the pearl necklace into their wardrobes. A rich exploration of the lustrous gem since antiquity, Vivienne writes about the evolution of the pearl to become the object of desire, fascination and fantasy. Encrusted with myth and legend, and radiant with intrigue and romance, the pearl necklace is a universal icon that has threaded its way through the history of jewellery and fashion.

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    MIKIMOTO Akoya Pearl Necklace with diamonds

    The Legend of the Cultured Pearl

    MIKIMOTO was founded by Kokichi Mikimoto in 1893; the year he pioneered the technique for pearl cultivation. In today’s prime modern society, the pearls on sale are mainly cultured pearls, with MIKIMOTO remaining the world leader in cultured pearls.

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    MIKIMOTO Akoya and South Sea White Pearl Necklace with diamonds (SGD$2.21 million)

    Unveiling “The Pearl Necklace” Book in Singapore

    Earlier this March , MIKIMOTO presented a launch of The Pearl Necklace at the JW Marriot South Beach Hotel in Singapore. On display was the spectacular Marilyn Monroe Pearl Necklace – a classic 16-inch cultured Akoya pearl necklace (Click here for more about the Mikimoto Akoya Pearl) worn by undoubtedly one of the world’s most renown on-and-off-screen icons, Marilyn Monroe herself. The MIKIMOTO Pearl Stream – a glorious body jewellery piece set in 18k white gold, with Akoya pearls and diamonds was also exhibited at the presentation.

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    In Pic (centered from left) : Mr. Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Min Lee, Mr. Russel Wong, Tijin Lee and Mr. Tomotsugu Ito

    A Glamourous Gathering

    The event was attended by Mr. Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Director & Senior Vice President of Sales Division & Marketing Group, Mikimoto and Mr. Tomotsugu Ito, Managing Director of MIKIMOTO Singapore.

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    In Pic : Kelly Randall Sia
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    In Pic (from left) : Dr. Jade Kua, Elyn Wong and Wong Ting Ting
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    In Pic (from left) : Michelle, Kelly Keak and Frances Low

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    L’OFFICIEL Singapore 10th Anniversary Celebrations at Zouk

    March 21st, 2017

    About that L’OFFICIEL Singapore Rated-X Party at Zouk last week.

    Constantly on the frontier of fashion and opulence, L’Officiel Singapore’s 10th anniversary party was one of the hottest of the year. From Swarovski crystal-emblazoned black carpet to Lamborghinis and sizzling pole-dancing performances, the ‘Rated-X’ theme definitely punctuated the event, held at Singapore’s new Zouk Club.

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    L’OFFICIEL Singapore’s 10th Anniversary

    Swarovski Crystal-Emblazoned Black Carpet

    Red-carpets are way over-rated. Instead, L’Officiel Singapore’s X-Rated party sported a dazzling Swarovski crystal-emblazoned black carpet with a shimmering colossal “X” statue at its arrival grounds. Their anniversary issue this March, also marks the debut of the all new “L’Off Squad” comprising of Sonya Davison, Tabitha Nauser, Tan Min-Li, Calista Cuaca, Natalia Ng, Karisa Sukamto and Rozz Lee.

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    The “L’Off Squad” Debutants

    The Lamborghini Bulls Ride In.

    A convoy of Lamborghinis ferried the L’Off Squad to the event and a myriad of stations were lineup for the guests: Alessia Landi’s live illustrations, beauty makeover counter by Clinique, DIY scent bar by Oo La Lab, fresh juices from Joe & The Juice, ice-cold beers from Heineken.

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    Lamborghinis ferried the L’Off Squad to the grounds of the  L’Officiel 10th Anniversary celebrations

    Capture Your Scent in a Bottle at the Oo La Lab Counter 

    Appeasing the senses – The Ooh La La fragrance counter was a pleasing hit

    Individualism on a full display. There is nothing more intriguing than crafting your very own personalised scent in a bottle. Breaking beauty rules, Oo La Mixologist worked with guests to design their very own bespoke hand-crafted fragrances. At Oo La Lab in Singapore, you may formulate your personalised glass bottle with your name or customised message printed on the label. Capture your scent in a bottle.

    Plump up for a night of seduction at the beauty makeover counter by Clinique  

    lofficiel-10th-anniversary-2To gear up for a night for ‘X-Rated’ seduction, L’Officiel’s guests were extended invitations to the beauty counter by Clinique to plumper up their luscious lips. Seductive red hot lips spells for a sizzling night ahead.

    Alessia Landi’s Illustrations

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    A portrait on paper. One of the best gifts in the world is not in the material object that one can buy, but in the memories that we make with the people with love. The best part is to have memories and expressions captured on paper. Alessia Landi’s live illustrations of the guest captures memories, emotions, details and beauty of the human. L’Officiel‘s guests were treated to Alessia Landi’s live illustrations of themselves with runway looks from Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2017 collection.

    Tabitha Nauser

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    Tabitha Nauser slayed the crowd with her live performance of her single ‘Bulletproof’ and Natalia entertained the guests with her songs.

    The Brass Barre

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    The Brass Barre displayed a myriad of provocative Rated X moves on the pole; the pole-dancing performance literally blew the crowd away.

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    For the full story and more pictures from this epic fashion event of the year, check out www.lofficielsingapore.com/rated-x-10th-anniversary-party/l-officiel-singapore-10-anniversary-rated-x-party-2017-event-pictures

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    Dressing Stars: Our Top 10 Red Carpet Worthy Dresses

    March 15th, 2017

    Our Pick of the Top 10 Red Carpet Worthy Dresses seen at the 2017 Oscars.

    From Valentino crimson gown to Gucci chartreuse gown, Covered Asia presents the best red carpet dresses to hit Hollywood’s most glamorous night – the 89th Academy Award, otherwise known as the Oscars 2017.  The Academy Awards is undoubtedly one of the most illustrious and high-shine elegance events in Hollywood’s history; the industry’s finest congregates at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles to deliver fiery arrivals on the red carpet. Here’s our Top 10 Red Carpet Worthy Dresses as seen on the red carpet of the 89th Academy Awards.

    #1. Emma Stone

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    Emma Stone stole the limelight in a chartreuse Givenchy Haute Couture and               Tiffany gown.

    #2. Hailee Steinfeld

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    Queen of Pop (Hailee Seinfeld) floored the red carpet with a whimsical gown                   from Ralph & Russo.

    #3. Dakota Johnson

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    Fifty Shades of Grey’s lead actress hits Hollywood’s most glamorous night in a Gucci chartreuse gown.

    #4. Jessica Biel

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    Jessica Biel in Kaufmanfranco and Tiffany & Co.

    #5. Ruth Negga

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    Ruth Nega delivers a fiery arrival in a Valentino crimson gown.

    #6. Chrissy Teigen

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    Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair MuradCouture.

    #7. Taraji P. Henson

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    Taraji P. Henson in custom Alberta Ferretti.

    #8. Auli’i Cravalho

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    Auli’i Cravalho in Rubin Singer.

    #9. Teresa Palmer

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    Teresa Palmer in Prada.

    #10. Karlie Kloss

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    Lastly, Karlie Kloss hits the Dolby Theatre’s red carpet in a high-shine elegance          wearing Stella McCartney gown.

    Images: courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Vogue Australia  

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