So you've heard about Esquire Shophouse from your pals or through our social channels. But spoiled from choices with our program line-up and unsure of where to start? Well, allow us to guide you through a journey that celebrates the Singaporean man at his best with these five must-attend events.
Missed our 'Freedom of Speech' themed talk at Shangri-La Singapore's Origin Bar earlier this year? One of Esquire Singapore's signature events gets upsized to six talks across two days and focuses on topics concerning the modern day man.
Modern-day masculinity, part one (Sat 4 Aug, 1-2pm, Level 2, Room 2)
What does it mean to be a man today? Are we still holding on to old-fashion ideas and traditional gender norms? Is masculinity in the modern world facing a crisis? Find out what Esquire Singapore’s EIC Norman Tan, Ben Hopkins (founder of BioOnics), Calvin Soh (founder of One Kind House), Terence Quek (CEO of Emergenetics APAC), and Angela Ng (founder of Pod Of Life) have to say at this panel discussion.
Are reissued watches killing innovation? (Sat 4 Aug, 3-4pm, Level 2, Room 2)
‘Vintage’ is the latest buzzword in the watchmaking industry, but is this obsession with the past impeding R&D and innovation? The who’s who of Singapore’s watch society, along with Indochine Media’s Editor-at-Large for watches and jewellery Celine Yap, share their views on this issue.
Heritage is a luxury Singapore cannot afford (Sat 4 Aug, 5-6pm, Level 2, Room 2)
Singapore will be celebrating its 53rd year of independence. In the pursuit of progress, is the nation forgetting its heritage and at what cost? The panel features Adrian Tan, a litigator and VP of The Law Society of Singapore; Andrew Ing, COO of the Lo & Behold group and Management Committee member of the Restaurant Association of Singapore; and Jose Raymond, founder of communications agency SPIN and the former VP of partnerships at the Singapore Swimming Association.
Modern-day masculinity, part two (Sun 5 Aug, 1-2pm, Level 2, Room 2)
How will today’s society redefine masculinity in the future? What does masculinity look like for the next generation? Esquire Singapore’s EIC Norman Tan and Ben Hopkins (founder of BioOnics) continue to tackle the issue of modern-day masculinity, this time with panellists including Paul Loiz, global brand director at Unilever; Dylan Soh, the 16-year-old son of Calvin Soh; and Lavinia Thanapathy, VP of SCWO.
Should I invest in cryptocurrency and ICOs? (Sun 5 Aug, 3-4pm, Level 2, Room 2)
Some say cryptocurrency is today’s fool’s gold. Others say investing in cryptocurrencies is easy, permissionless, accessible and most of all, rewarding. Arnaud Bonzom, angel investor and co-founder at Map of The Money, weighs the upsides and pitfalls of cryptocurrency investments with Julian Peh (founder of Aditus), Christel Quek (co-founder of BOLT), Kendrick Drijkoningen (Head of Growth at Golden Gate Ventures) and Val Ji-Hsuan Yap (founder at PolicyPal).
Does red, white and pink make grey? (Sun 5 Aug, 5-6pm, Level 2, Room 2)
What are the myths and untruths told about the LGBTQ community? Should we recognise LGBTQ rights in Singapore? Moderator Neil Humphreys attempt to set the record straight with a panel that features Hirzi Zulkiflie, a YouTube personality; June Chua, founder of The T Project-a shelter for the homeless transgender community; Kyle Malinda-White, CEO and co-founder of LGBTQ support platform Prout; Reverend Miak Siew from the Free Community Church; and Sean Foo, founder of Dear Straight People.
Personal Styling Consultations (Sat and Sun, 4-5 Aug, 3-5pm, Level 3, Room)
Learn how to raise your style game with personalised consultations from the Esquire Singapore fashion team—editor-in-chief, Norman Tan, and senior fashion writer and stylist, Asri Jasman. This intimate session includes recommendations using the latest pieces from top local menswear labels. Each session lasts one hour each and there are four sessions over two days.
Various (Sat and Sun, 4-5 Aug)
Pick up essential soft skills like creative writing with our best-selling author Neil Humphreys and improvisation with the witty Prescott Gaylord. From pitching, public speaking, being charismatic, to pushing boundaries, each session will be an intimate masterclass that's sure to expand your dexterity.
Classic Cognac Cocktails (Sat and Sun 4-5 Aug, 3-4pm, Level 2, Room 1)
Learn to concoct two Cognac-infused cocktails—the Curious Punch and the Curious Crusta—at this masterclass, courtesy of Martell. Two sessions only; one for each day.
Open mic and karaoke night (Sun 5 Aug, 7-10pm, Level 2, Room 2)
Join the merry, music-loving crowd and catch a slew of burgeoning musicians, bands, singers and songwriters as they rock the stage with acoustic covers and originals at our Sunday open mic night. And… free beer and bar food, naturally.
WANT TO JOIN THE PARTY?
For more information and registration of all mentioned events, head over to the Esquire Shophouse microsite. Free admission. All welcome.