My City: Jo Soh
The perfect day in Singapore for Laura Ashley Asia's head of fashion.
What makes Singapore’s design scene so unique?
It’s young and it’s slowly gaining confidence. It’s searching for its own voice amongst the multitude of traditional heritage and modern influences. A lot of Singaporean designers are producing work that draws inspiration from local themes, such as Singlish and the HDB blocks. I feel that these products offer Singaporeans a different way to perceive their heritage and encourages us to take pride in our culture and in the environment that we live in.
Where are some of your favorite shopping spots?
I like the friendly and super knowledgeable husband and wife team of Le Vigne Wines (72 Namly Place, 6314-2287, S(367220), MRT: Botanic Gardens) plus their whisky selection is really impressive. The façade of the shop doesn’t reveal what’s inside so you feel like you’ve walked into Aladdin’s cave.
Where do you hang out?
I live near Holland Village (Holland Rd. MRT: Holland Village) and hang out around the area a lot, especially since there are so many great cafes and restaurants there. I like that you can also have a beer and a chat afterwards without having to shout over loud music.
My Perfect Day
8am - Take a walk.
I’ll walk to the Botanic Gardens (1 Cluny Rd., 6471-7138, S(259569), MRT: Botanic Gardens) and find a quiet bench to rest and stretch my body out.
12am - Have brunch and draw.
Then I’ll head to Food For Thought (Tanglin Gate, 1 Cluny Rd., 6338-4848, MRT: Farrer Road) for a cappuccino and French toast. After lunch, I usually draw and paint in my home studio.
3pm - Treat myself to dessert.
Sometimes, I walk to The Living Cafe (779 Bukit Timah Rd., 6468-4482, S(269758), MRT: Sixth Avenue) for their super addictive raw chocolate ganache tart.
7pm - Drinks with a friend.
I like the semi-alfresco The Pit Restaurant & Bar (21 Lorong Liput, 6468-3468, S(277733), MRT: Holland Village).