Aussie expat Kendall moved to Singapore in 2013 when her husband Stephen was offered a position here.
Then, the family, including sons Michael, now 18, and Matthew, who’s almost 15, moved back to Australia in 2017, thinking it would be best because Michael was about to embark on his senior high school years.
“After three months, we literally had a collective ‘OMG – what have we done??!!’ moment,” confesses Kendall, who says the family moved back to The Lion City in 2018 and are “so happy and grateful”.
Her love for this place inspires her home fragrance brand, Temple Candles, which pays homage to Singapore by working with numerous local businesses to create a brand that is authentically “made in Singapore”.
Beyond that, the items are inspired by scents and scenes from SG and around the region, and feature chic “black and white” architecture-style packaging and a Peranakan-esque logo.
“As an interior designer by trade, I noticed a home decor gap in the market here in Singapore,” says Kendall about why she created Temple Candles in 2016 “purely from a dissatisfied customer point of view”.
Well, she nailed it! As eAwards judge Dean Brettschneider offered, “Fragrance, in all its many formats, is a very competitive market, and Kendall has really carved out a niche in the top-end boutique segment.”
About The Finder Expatpreneur Awards
In 2017, The Finder debuted its first-ever Expatpreneur Awards to honour foreign-born entrepreneurs running successful expat-owned businesses in or from Singapore. In 2019, 22 expats were awarded for their tremendous dedication. This 2020, a new batch of 19 winners has been unveiled! All of them have one thing in common: Their brands help people “live well in Singapore” – The Finder’s core mission.
By Jashleen Kaur, The Finder Issue 303
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