By the time you read this, I would have spent a good part of a fortnight sailing around the ports of New Zealand’s South Island, watching the morning sun break on The Remarkables in Queenstown, unsuccessfully masking a cheeky grin every time a local says the number six and leaving footprints on the trails around Milford Sound.
There’s something incomparably restorative about nature; the wilder the landscape, the more remote and untouched the location, the greater the release. Three. Deep. Breaths.
Sure we have the world’s largest indoor waterfall with the Rain Vortex in Jewel at Changi Airport, but you literally have to elbow people out of the way just to see, for all intents and purposes, rain. The only release you’ll be getting is when you… Leave. The. Airport.
As we start a new year, this idea of being wild and free (the theme for this month’s issue) runs deeper than just getting off the beaten track. Indeed, you could be hiking up Fox Glacier and still be as trapped as the millennia-old air bubbles in the ice beneath your feet.
To be free is to be able to embark on new adventures, be curious and give things a go.
Which is why, with the blessing of the man who signs my pay cheque, I’ve launched a fine jewellery capsule with friend and jeweller, Carolyn Kan—the Carrie K x Ophir collection.
It all started when I wanted to create a solid gold bracelet to remember my late grandmother who passed away last year. She fled a communist China to set up a new life with her husband in Malaysia and raised seven independent and brilliant children. She never went to school, but was one of the wisest people I’ve ever met. So, to honour her, I designed the Wisdom bracelet as a modern, medieval crown inspired by King Solomon and his hallmark as one of the wisest men in history. People started approaching Carolyn and I about the collection. We caught up over tea and realised there was a gap in the market for unisex fine jewellery that was unapologetically bold yet elegant, so we said, “hey, let’s give this a go.”.
The Carrie K x Ophir collection consists of the Wisdom bracelet and Wisdom ring (yes, those pieces at the top of this page) handcrafted from 18-carat yellow or white gold. Want to get some wisdom in your life? Hit us up on socials: @ophir.crown
Talking about giving things a go, have a look at our special report on Esquire Neighbourhood 2019. Every year we host a signature event to bring the Esquire world to life. It’s driven by our goal to create content that inspires our readers to add value to themselves and the world around them.
In 2018 we hosted our Esquire Shophouse event where we saw over 1,000 people come through six rooms over three floors in one shophouse to connect with like-minded people and spark meaningful conversation. But for EsquireNeighbourhood, we decided to raise the bar. With a total of 35 activities held over 12 locations in the Duxton Hill precinct, we had over 7,000 people come through the neighbourhood for cocktail workshops, fitness classes, creative masterclasses, VR activations, panel talks and a silent cinema amongst a bevy of other pursuits.
It was amazing to see that, even though we are so digitally connected today, at the end of the day, we all still hunger for real face-to-face human connection.
So proud of the team for pulling off this mammoth event with such class and finesse. For 2020, we remain committed to telling stories that inspire and inform those who are already well-informed and are an inspiration by continuing to shoot exclusive covers with people who are shaping society (check out our profile on Paul Rudd that was shot on the rooftop of Robert de Niro’s building in New York City); bring you insightful journalism on topics that intrigue (read Josh Sims’ investigation on why nudity continues to get us so riled up); and deliver cutting-edge fashion content for fashion novices and fashion-lovers alike (don’t miss the spread, ‘High Vibrating Frequency’).
But as we are never one to rest on our laurels, there are some changes too. ‘This Page is Lit’, dedicated to showcasing local writing talent, is now a serialised novel by Singapore author Suffian Hakim (each issue will see a new chapter from his original post-apocalyptic tale, ‘Underneath a sky of red’ written exclusively for Esquire Singapore); ‘Expert Opinion’ has been replaced with ‘By the Numbers’, an infographic powered by the brilliant minds at international ad agency TBWA; and to close each book, the new artist for ‘Blank Canvas’ is analogue collage artist Maxwell N Burnstein.
Stay tuned, there are more exciting developments to follow. This is just the beginning. Enjoy the issue and here’s to a smashing 2020. Let’s hit it out of the park for sex, I mean, six.