i wasn’t part of the 12-person team that toiled day and night, fuelled by endless cups of coffee and takeaway meals from dragon-i, in a stylish suite of offices on Wyndham Street to put together the first issue of Prestige Hong Kong, which appeared back in September 2005. I arrived on the scene almost two years later, and though I missed the rush of being there at the outset, I’ve since had the satisfaction of working on more than 80 of the 100 issues of this magazine – a significant milestone that we’re celebrating this month.
Times have changed since those frantic early days. The team has grown, as have the dimensions of our offices, which are now the size of several tennis courts. What hasn’t altered is our determination to bring you a magazine whose commitment to excellence is matched by a genuine international outlook. Indeed, we’re almost surprised ourselves by the roster of global talents who’ve appeared between these covers, in exclusive photoshoots and interviews. The list (and you can find all 100 covers by turning the page) includes names such as Victoria Beckham, Béyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Adrien Brody, Kanye West, Sharon Stone, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Miley Cyrus, Dolce & Gabbana, Chris Hemsworth and “Blurred Lines” sensation Robin Thicke.
In that same spirit, we’re celebrating our century, as well as the onset of the festive season, by bringing together an unusually luminary line-up. Joining trailblazing Chinese supermodel Du Juan, who makes her second appearance on our cover, is actress Michelle Yeoh, whose portrait adorned the very first issue of this magazine. After a weekend luncheon on The Peak, we sit down for a revealing interview with fashion designer Vera Wang, and also run into Monty Python funnyman and now inveterate traveller Michael Palin, as he passes through this city. In a glamorous portfolio, we photograph eight lovely ladies who’ve supported Prestige Hong Kong from the beginning, and we’ve also assembled a 75-page guide to everything you’ll need to make this Christmas and New Year your best ever.
Thank you for staying with us these past eight years and more. May we wish you all a wonderful holiday and a very happy 2014.