It’s our 6th Issue! We hope you’ve started 2014 in good form, and we’d like to follow suit with this jam-packed issue. If you’re in South-East Asia, its only been a month but ‘two new years’ have past since our last update - and things are only just getting started! This year promises to be a game-changer for us, so do follow us to stay updated.
In this issue, we have our widest regional coverage yet. We journey with leather goods brand Voyej on their factory production run in Yogyakarta and learn the ropes behind running a quality business. Next, we take a dive with Timo trunks founder-designer Pow Foongfaungchaveng, who shares with us his thoughts on the Asian creative industry from a Thai perspective. Across the Laotian border, Sali Sasaki of Crafted takes us on an expedition in the rural upstates, to witness the advancements made in creative education through her selfless intervention. Over in Taiwan, we learn many lessons from Y Studio’s school of philosophical thought, one of them being why life has to be bigger than design. Finally, back in Singapore, we talk to newly founded fashion label biro, part of the rising trend of designed in Singapore, made in Japan.
We’ve also devoted the visual focus of this issue to the observation of materials: leather, microfibre water-resistant fabric, brass, loopwheeled fibre, and the weave of a community. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Meanwhile, if you happen to be passing through Chinatown in Singapore, come visit us at our Not-A-Retail-Shop at People’s Park Complex. In a bid to spice up, or rather, ‘gentrify’ the area, property developers Goldhill have invited the good folks of Edible Gardens to cultivate Asia’s largest urban farm on the rooftop of this historical complex - and we’re proud to be a part of it. The space is a little hard to find (you have to walk to the carpark rooftop), but it’s well worth the trek. We’ll be here till the end of March, so do come down and visit us, we’d love to meet you!