Cover Story: Beauty & legacy

This article first appeared in Options, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on September 9, 2019 - September 15, 2019.
Cover Story: Beauty & legacy
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Extolling the enduring appeal of handcrafted gifts and ensuring that the skills involved in their production are passed on are all in a day’s work for Pamela Harper, chairman and CEO of Halcyon Days

Being a British purveyor of fine gifts affords Halcyon Days a privilege. “We like to think we are a part of English life. We’re a little bit eccentric, a little bit cheeky on occasion, and that comes through in our products. Hopefully, our new friends in Malaysia will see and experience some of that,” says chairman and CEO Pamela Harper.

The 69-year-old company synonymous with handcrafted enamelware has set up its first franchise store in the world in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and she was visiting for the official opening on Aug 20.

“English elegance … I think there is that in our society. Our founder, Susan Benjamin, was a very elegant lady, an antique dealer who dealt with ­original enamel boxes. She fell in love with them and decided there was a real market for her to recreate the pillboxes from a former era. That was how the brand came to be born,” says Harper.

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