Author: Sia Ling Xin

Journalist at Sector

Rena Kok was always interested in fashion, but never thought she would become a designer. Today, the 26-year-old owns her Ready-to-Wear label Rena Kok Collection and has even won several industry awards.  Rena Showcasing Her Runway Collection at the Harpers Bazaar NewGen Award. Earlier in August this year, she launched a milestone collaboration collection with fast-fashion giant Shein.  Rena also works as a content and style creator for other brands. “I was always interested in fashion and design, but I didn’t think it would become my career,” she said. Rena had initially planned to apply to business or visual communications…

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For Laura Peh, there are “few things in life (that) can replace the beauty and memories of flipping through pages of a physical book, holding it in your hands and looking at the vibrant colours of illustrations.” Laura Peh, founder of cinnamon art stories, with one of the books from the publishing house’s first picture book collection“It is very much similar to looking at a painting,” she said.This is what inspired the 28-year-old to set up her own boutique publishing house, cinnamon art stories, which focuses on children’s books that “celebrate art and creativity”. A gap in the local publishing…

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Leong Kai Mei | Founder of The Love WitchLeong Kai Mei, also known as Bambi, just opened her first store in April. Within two months, the business has raked in $100,000 revenue.  The 28-year-old businesswoman deals in a rare commodity – magic. Leong Kai Mei, 28, Is the Proud Owner of The Love Witch, a Black Magic Store in Sim Lim Square Singaporean businesswoman whose trade is in black magicSpeak of a magic shop, and the first thought is it sells magician capes and decks of cards or other magic tricks. Bambi’s store, however, specialises in witchcraft, also known as…

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Left to Right: Natassia Siu and Emily Yiu | Co-Founders of SKNEDIT Singaporean self-care businessNatassia is the face and voice of the company. She appears in their Instagram product videos and answers customers’ queries online. Her co-founder, Emily Yiu, 29, prefers to be in the background, where she efficiently heads operations and finance. All about timing Emily was building her career in corporate finance, specially in the consumer sector. After following the growth of the health and beauty industry for several years, she noticed the growth of many independent skincare brands and realizes that this industry is no longer dominated…

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Denise Teo | One of Singapore’s Up-and-Coming Twitch Streamers (Credits : *SCAPE)Denise Teo, more affectionately known as supercatkei, is one of Singapore’s up-and-coming Twitch streamers. She is also one of the few full-time streamers hailing from our little red dot. Most in her field stream as a hobby or side gig, but Denise decided to pursue streaming full time just six months into her foray.The 23-year-old launched her first stream in August 2020, but has since amassed 9000 followers on Twitch.A self-professed “variety streamer”, Denise’s streams touch on topics from gaming to music and even mental health issues. The making of…

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Marie and her lovely FamilyMarie Soh, 30, is a woman who is unafraid to pursue her passions and turn them into business ventures – now as a make-up artist in Singapore and baker.She holds a nursing degree but decided that was not the right job for her. Then, she broke into Singapore’s beauty industry as a freelance make-up artist 10 years ago. Since then, she has ventured into a variety of other endeavours.Setting up her own Singapore-based make-up and image consultancy 27a.co, check.Creating her own line of lipstick, check.Today, Marie is working to expand Marie Bakes, where she sells her…

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Left to Right: Ashley Yong and Jo Yong | Co-Founders of Two Halves  In the midst of a global pandemic, this mother-daughter duo launches their vegan skincare brand in Singapore. One look at 29-year old Ashley Yong’s smooth visage and you know this lady knows her way around skincare. It comes as no surprise that Ashley and her mother Jo Yong, 60, a beauty industry veteran are co-founders of a Singaporean beauty brand. Aptly named Two Halves, the vegan skincare brand name is a reflection of the mother-daughter duo’s symbiotic working relationship, as well as their skincare beliefs. “Two Halves…

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