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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Local business / How two sisters are serving up a slice of French fashion in the heart of Cambodia

By: Euan Black - Posted on: November 30, 2017 | Cambodia

The creative minds behind one of Cambodia’s most eye-catching boutiques share their daring and fashion-forward journey that fuses French and Cambodian styles

Un été à Kep-Sur-Mer is seen from the street in BKK1

This weekend, Raintree, a four-floor office and retail development in Phnom Penh, is organizing a two-day Christmas pop-up market that will see some of the region’s most promising creative talents temporarily set up shop in the country’s capital.

“Even though Christmas is not a big festival in Cambodia, we are using it as an opportunity to showcase some of the brilliant creative entrepreneurs we have right here in Phnom Penh and from further afield,” says Raintree co-founder Zoë Ng. “Raintree is all about community, and bringing like-minded people together in unexpected ways”

One of the exciting brands taking part in this weekend’s event is Un été à Kep-sur-Mer. Southeast Asia Globe caught up with the French-Cambodian fashionistas behind the brand to learn about their journey and impressions of Cambodia’s nascent fashion industry.

How did the idea for Un été à Kep-sur-Mer come about?

We started our brand at the beginning of this year because we wanted to achieve something together as sisters. We have different backgrounds – Neary in communications and Borany in painting restoration – but both of us love fashion. We have designed our own clothes in Cambodia for a long time, so it felt natural for us to create our own clothing line in Phnom Penh. It was also important for us to accomplish our common wish here in our second country. Our father is Cambodian, our mother French.

Neary and Borany Mam had been visiting Cambodia for most of their lives before they decided to put down permanent roots, with Neary moving to Phnom Penh last year and her sister coming five years earlier

Could you talk a little bit about Un été à Kep-sur-Mer’s branding?

With Un été à Kep-sur-Mer, we really [wanted] to offer our customers a shopping experience [similar to that found] in France, far from Paris but in a Parisian style boutique. Therefore, we chose a French name reminiscent of the Fifties and Sixties, the golden age of Cambodia, when French people used to call the seaside resort of Kep “Kep-sur-Mer”. [It is] an invitation to nostalgia and ‘chic’.

Who are your customers?

Our customers are mostly expats and tourists. French people, of course, but also Asian customers from Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Where and how are your clothes made? 

Our clothes are made in a small workshop in Phnom Penh, and we use fabrics and accessories from Cambodia and Vietnam.

What challenges have you faced as a women’s clothing brand in Phnom Penh?

We tried to combine feminine and modern clothes [that are] easy to wear with a small retail space that reflects who we are. One of the challenges we had to face was setting up a new brand with a real identity and a strong story behind it.

The sister-duo tries to stock their store with feminine styles that cater to customers looking for clothing with more Western cuts

What’s your assessment of Cambodia’s fashion industry?

Coming from France, the fashion industry is quieter in Cambodia. But what is really interesting is that everybody is given a chance to create. There is still a lot to be done… Young Cambodian people need to express their originality and creativity. The future belongs to them!

What can we expect to see at your pop-up store at Raintree Cambodia’s event this weekend?

We are really excited to be part of Raintree’s event, where we will be presenting some of our new pieces in an inspiring, modern space.

Christmas @ Raintree will take place between 1 and 2 December at Raintree’s rootop in Phnom Penh. For more information, please visit raintreecambodia.com/events/xmas