Tag Archive for ‘Prestige’

Feature writing for all editions of Prestige in South East Asia

• To read story double click on images below. To read more of Andy’s work for Prestige click here Long, long before downloadable trailers, Internet viral campaigns and DVD/HD/Blu-Ray extras, the poster was the only way to lure people into the cinema. Offering much more than just publicity, these wonderful pieces of art promised worlds […]

Audrey Hepburn: the making of a 20th century icon

Audrey Hepburn seemed to have it all. She was the face of Givenchy, an Oscar-winning actress and an ambassador for UNICEF. By the time of her death in 1993, her status as a 20th century icon was assured. Now 20 years later, it is worth re-evaluating the famous quote about Hepburn made by her mother […]

How to buy a bargain price stately home in the UK

There is nothing like owning a stately home in Britain. Just imagine it; an ancient family pile loaded with history, deer parks, swan-filled lakes, 17th century gardens and a lodge house to accommodate your own herd of peasants. A manor house really is the perfect place to fly the family flag. And the good news, […]

Hallowed world of Bentley’s bespoke department

If Britney’s LV-interior pink Hummer sends you wild with automotive excitement, 22-inch diamond-studded wheel rims give you palpitations and you never miss an episode of Pimp My Ride, look away now. We are entering a completely different place, a place of automotive aesthetics, a place where bespoke beauty whispers and never shouts. Hush now as […]

Action film stars: the art of the movie poster

Long, long before downloadable trailers, Internet viral campaigns and DVD/HD/Blu-Ray extras, the poster was the only way to lure people into the cinema. Offering much more than publicity, these wonderful pieces of art promised worlds populated by chisel-jawed heroes, swooning beauties, villages where Frankenstein could lumber with iron-footed determination and 50-foot women could bestride the […]

Masters of the universe and holidays in space

Most people agonise about where in the world they want to go on holiday, but my advice is forget earth completely. After speaking to the experts at Space Adventures, it is clear the world is simply not enough. What is fascinating about the company’s Stacey Tearne is that she talks like those of any other […]

Think a marathon is tough? Try a 250km desert run

Alasdair Morrison is 60 years old and the former chairman of Morgan Stanley in Asia. Now retired, he takes things easier than before. He’s been appointed to a couple of directorships and in his spare time he likes to go running along the trails close to his Hong Kong Island home. He says he needs […]

Heir conditioning: how not to blow the family fortune

It’s a story as old as time, but one that’s on constant repeat. Family makes a pile of money that’s inherited by offspring. Then in a generation or two the cash has slipped through the offspring’s fingers and disappeared into bad business decisions, family feuds, fast women and slow horses. All that’s left are some […]

Object of desire: millionaires investing in Monroe memorabilia

Margaret Barrett, the director of Entertainment Memorabilia for Bonhams & Butterfields is on the phone from LA. She says she is sitting beside a table that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe with a book of Jim Morrison poetry on top of it. “Two of my favourite icons together in one place,” she laughs down the […]

Shopping for mink umbrellas and cobra skin boots

So tell me, how much would you pay for an umbrella? US$500? US$1,000? US$3,000? If that’s your final answer, I’m sorry I have to say you’re not trying hard enough. You see if you are a discerning high spender you should be budgeting at least US$33,000. And it should be bespoke, exclusive, and ideally made […]