Winnie Chan and her husband, James Quan, founded artisan bookbinding boutique Bynd Artisan two years ago.
Now, the stylish Singaporeans, who are parents to two grown-up kids – aged 20 and 17 – are heavily involved in business and family, but don't neglect to enjoy Singapore to the fullest, too.
Check out their favourite places!
For unconventional arts
Want to witness some - we'd like to call it - dark arts? Winnie recommends Art after Dark at Gillman Barracks, a late-night open house held every few months. Check their Facebook event calendar to be in the loop.
“It gives visitors a sense of Singapore’s creative energy that did not exist five years ago,” she says.
9 Lock Rd, Singapore 108937
For sweet treats
“I love the soft serve and waffles at Sunday Folks, which is conveniently located next to Bynd Artisan’s atelier,” says Winnie, who’s also a fan of the cafe’s Lemon Lavender cake served warm.
#01-52, 44 Jln Merah Saga, Singapore 278116
For local designer finds
“Singapore has a lot of talented designers worth discovering,” contends Winnie. “A trip to K+ at Scotts Square or Supermama at Beach Road is a must.”
#03-11/12/13 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228209
265 Beach Rd, Singapore 199544
For glam gems
Winnie describes Carrie K.’s jewellery as “glamourous-looking with an edgy feel.” She owns several of the designer’s nut-and-bolt pieces in rose gold as well as Razor rings in gold, silver and gun metal.
For home design
Winnie and James like Foundry for its “treasure trove of beautiful things,” including their recent purchase: a one-off prototype lounge chair.
#01-01, 3 Seah St, Singapore 188379
For holy grail skincare
Winnie claims to goes through three to five bottles of Dr GL’s Skin Repair serum each month. “I swear by it,” she says of the multivitamin product said to have skinwhitening properties.
Check out Bynd Artisan
Winnie and James are nurturing their brand, which offers personalised paper and leather goods, crafting workshops and more.
Bynd Artisan’s flagship store in Chip Bee Gardens has actual artisans in residence. You can also browse the capsule collections and other artist collaborations at its shops-in-shop at Tangs Orchard and Pedder on Scotts Square.
#01-54, 44 Jalan Merah Saga, Singapore 278116
By Melvin Chew, The Finder (Issue 280), March 2017
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