Makers’ Marks: Editor’s Letter, December 2012–January 2013



For 15 years, I’ve been besotted with Bangkok. I first visited the city in 1997 when I backpacked around Southeast Asia and relied on it as a transport and supply hub. Despite the gridlocked traffic, severe language barrier, and preponderance of shady tuk-tuk drivers, I knew instantly: This was my kind of town.I loved the redolent air near the Chao Phraya river, and the street food carts selling 30-cent plates of pad thai heaped with crushed peanuts and limes. On a deeper level, I fell in love with the people, who seemed to me—quite rightly—the friendliest, kindest, and least judgmental on earth.These beguiling recollections of Bangkok were reinforced in November, when I paid my sixth visit to see my friends Rolf and Helen von Bueren, owners of the jewelry and home accessories brand Lotus Arts de Vivre. They live in the heart of Sukhumvit, the city’s most exclusive neighborhood,
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