My City: Carolyn Kan
The perfect day in Singapore for the founder of jewelry brand Carrie K and multi-label store Keepers (National Design Centre, 111 Middle Rd., 8299-7109, S(188969)).
What can we look forward to in the local fashion scene? I believe that Singapore designers are starting to gain more recognition internationally, so we will see more local designers collaborating with international brands.
Where are your favorite places to shop in Singapore? My go-to boutiques for gifts are Gallery & Co (#01-05 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd., 6385-6683, S(178957)) or Strangelets (7 Yong Siak St., 6222-1456, S(168644)).
Please name some exciting Singapore designers featured in Keepers. In Good Company creates ready-to-wear with a distinctive twist that is easy to wear and versatile. Mu by Alfie Leong has a range of deconstructed designs from everyday wear to statement pieces. Aijek is perfect for those looking for feminine silhouettes and intricate lacework. Supermama creates lovely ceramic gifts featuring Singapore stories with a stylish twist, and Code Deco’s beautiful perfumes are among Singapore’s little-known gems.
What do you love about living in Singapore? I love the eclectic nature of our culture, and the fact that there is more to Singapore than meets the eye. There’s been a lot of support for exciting interpretations of our Singapore story through design and events such as Keepers, Creatory and Singapore Inside Out.
My Perfect Day
7:30am - Take a stroll down the coast.
I'll take my dogs, Timone and Pumba, out for a walk along the East Coast Parkway.
10am - Explore a local neighborhood.
I enjoy playing tourist at home, so I’d pick a place to wander and discover with my husband, Chong. One of our recent jaunts was to the area of Bugis and Kampong Glam, where you’ll find delicious food gems like Rich and Good Cake Shop (24 Kandahar St., 6294-3324, S(198887)) and Mrs Pho (349 Beach Rd., 6292-0018, S(199570)).
4pm - Cooking up a storm.
On special occasions, Chong will whip up a meal of black pepper crab for friends and family. And as I am more of a dessert person, I’ll bake a pavlova.
7pm - Hosting a dinner party at home.
Dinner would start with Champagne and end with great conversation until the wee hours of the morning.