I’ve known Singapore designer Ling Wu for rather a long time. We met in Singapore, and now we are both based (locked down) in Melbourne. But this physical restriction during the time of the Coronavirus pandemic hasn’t stopped Ling from being creative, inclusive and positive.
Ling has recently relaunched her studio space in Singapore’s iconic Chip Bee Gardens as more hang out spot than design atelier.
“We describe it as a special place where visitors can be inspired and build on each other’s creativity,” says Ling. “[It’s] a place where the door is always open as we host inspiring design launches, film screenings and gatherings for our very close creative family and friends.”
The retail space is unique with a stylish echo of Ling’s own home, and has become a meeting place for customers, friends and creative colleagues.
As a sustainable retail and design-focussed designer for her eponymous brand, Ling has a reputation for creating considered, timeless designs for bags and other accessories that will be echoed in the selected range of Asian fashion, jewellery, art and design brands that will be featured in the newly updated space.
Alongside the elegant LINGWU bags made of Italian leather and sustainably sourced exotic skins, Ling has added a number of other cool Singapore brands that include A Dose of Something Good, Tsura Fine jewellery and Dark Horse Vintage.
A Dose of Something Good is a Singapore cult brand that’s beloved for its hand-poured scented candles set in creative ceramic containers. Established in 2011, by Robert Upton, the brand uses natural fibre wicks and natural extracts and essential oils for its scent.
Tsura Fine Jewellery by designer Tara Thadani was launched in 2009, as a way for Thadani to combine her love of accessories with her personal taste. The brand combines Thadani’s Indian heritage with her peripatetic life living in Singapore, Hong Kong, the UK and the US. There are two main lines of jewellery including Tsura in sterling silver, and Illuminate in 18K gold which includes crystals and stones, making the most of their traditional properties.
Dark Horse Vintage stocks a mix of true vintage items and collections of vintage-inspired clothing designed and made in Singapore. Fun and flattering garments with a 40s and 50s flair are comfortable and easy to style. The real vintage pieces are hand-picked and include everything from cool 70s accessories and one-off clothing items.
You can shop LeSalon by Ling online at www.lesalonbyling.com.