What started 14 years ago as a sidehustle for Our Second Nature founder, Velda Tan, has evolved into a thriving fashion label.
Before that, however, she opted to gain some street cred by attending the world-renowned Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, England. “[Studying at Central Saint Martins] helped me gain more knowledge about the fashion industry,” says Velda, who leveraged this overseas experience to set up her brand upon returning to SG.
As a self-described introvert, Velda appreciates her personal time, from taking long walks at The Green Corridor nature railway track to having tui na massages at Natureland. “Being alone helps me decompress and remain centred,” she says. When she’s feeling more sociable, she likes to go out with her husband on weekends. “My favourite place to have a drink would be CUT – they make a mean cocktail! – or to hang out at Bob’s Bar for a quiet afternoon tipple.”
With such impeccable taste, Velda is the sort of person you want to ask where she shops. One favourite recent purchase? “Customised leather hand sanitiser holders from Bynd Artisan as Teachers’ Day gifts,” shares Velda, who is mother to 2-year-old daughter, Ellery. “I like that they craft meaningful and practical gifts for the time we’re in.”
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By Willaine G. Tan, Issue 304 The Finder
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