I wrote my first article for Urban almost a decade ago, when I joined The Straits Times as an intern during my university term break.
It was a fun story about how the dowdy People's Park Centre in Chinatown was actually a treasure trove of shops filled with affordable but trendy clothing and accessories. I had discovered the stores while shopping for fabric with my mother and aunt.
Over the years, Urban has garnered a loyal following using the same concept: stories on style with a local twist.
The magazine does not pretend that it has helped to launch the careers of some of the top local fashion designers, models and make-up artists before they became stars in their own right. But it certainly spotted their potential and profiled many of them when they were barely known.
When it is not reporting on local happenings, it has its pulse on international fashion and beauty trends.
Whenever I mention that I write for Urban to a Singaporean, he or she will voice an opinion. For instance, some readers tell me that they fight with their siblings or colleagues for the Urban magazine every Friday.
Other readers compile four issues of Urban, then read them all at the end of the month. It is their way of treating Urban like a regular glossy that keeps them up to date on the latest style news.
And, occasionally, I hear of people fastidiously collecting and filing every issue of Urban, so they have a compilation of useful fashion and beauty advice at their fingertips (because some information can never be found on Google).
Urban has come a long way. But in line with the exciting revamp of The Straits Times, this is its final issue.
The Straits Times will continue to cover international and local fashion and beauty news in the new Style section that will front the Life! section every Thursday, starting next week.
Inspired by those who collect every issue of the magazine, Urban has compiled some of the most useful fashion and beauty tips published in the popular Ask Urban column, in the cover story.
Thank you for reading Urban and look out for the new Style section next Thursday.
Have a beauty or fashion-related question that you need answered? Post your questions on our wall and we’ll give you some advice.
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The winners of last week’s URBAN/HABA contest are:
1. V. Bathamahvathi
2. Maudrene Lim
3. Kwee Yin
4. Jacynth Lee Su Jean
5. Saemah Khalid
6. Jillian See Shu Xin
7. Yeo Chay Yan
8. Gladys Niew Kai Qing
9. Chan Shuyi
10. Kaliyana Mayalaku
Local design studio Foreign Policy Design Group has launched Brand Guide: Singapore Edition, a publication featuring 17 well-known local brands.
Apart from the in-depth information on brands, such as womenswear label Ong Shunmugam and skincare brand DrGL, we love this publication for its scrapbook-style design and its nice personal touch.
Head to the Urban Facebook page to get a better look at the guide and for details on how to order it.