Vogue‘s Only Male Editor In Chief Sells Out His First Issue In Days
Kullawit Laosuksri may not be a household name like Anna Wintour or Emmanuelle Alt, but seven months in to his tenure as editor in chief of Vogue‘s brand spankin’ new Thailand edition, he’s already making waves. First there’s the fact that, out of the 20 international editions of the magazine, his is the only one helmed by a dude.
Next, there’s the impressive news that his debut issue, released last week, sold out on newsstands in a matter of days, a feat unheard of amongst larger-run publications. And while Thai newspaper The Nation‘s assertion that he is “Vogue‘s first male editor-in-chief anywhere in the world” isn’t quite true (Michel de Brunhoff helmed the French edition for nearly 30 years), they did sit down with Laosuksri to discuss the country’s burgeoning fashion scene, what he has in mind for the magazine’s future, and how he conceptualized his very first cover:
For the first issue we wanted a chada [the traditional tall coronet], which is internationally recognised and has a sophisticated design. We searched the archives of the master of the craft, Chakrabhan Posayakrit, and then asked Phillip Treacy, a world-renowned maker of headdresses, to create a chada we could display on our cover.