Singapore, 4 August 2014 – Singapore’s largest-ever collective of local designers and artisans gather for five months at the KEEPERS: Singapore Designer Collective (KEEPERS) showcase from 12 September 2014 to 15 February 2015. Housed at a purpose-built pop-up at Orchard Green, the showcase will highlight the work of Singapore designers from across multiple disciplines – from furniture, fashion, and food to architecture, millinery and home-wares. Over the 5 month period, more than 50 designers and artisans at the KEEPERS showcase, have been hand picked to present the diverse range, capabilities and craftsmanship in Singapore in one easily accessible location.
Organised by the Textile and Fashion Federation of Singapore (TaFf) and Singapore designer Carolyn Kan of Carrie K., KEEPERS will showcase fashion by A.W.O.L, In Good Company, hansel, Dzojchen; accessories by Carrie K., DestiSaint, Heads of State Millinery, Lingwu and Gnome and Bow; home-wares by Supermama, IEX, perfumes by Code Deco; furniture by Grafunkt and many more. The showcase is supported by Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and SPRING Singapore.
Guests at the KEEPERS showcase can expect a compelling retail showcase, two working studios with artisans in residence and a diverse calendar of events. Events include nostalgic scent workshops run by Singapore's first artisanal perfumery, Code Deco, thematic food events by My Private Chef and Gastrogig, insightful talks, and monthly rotations of visual display installations by visual display artist and milliner Chee Sau Fen. The KEEPERS space and programs are designed to welcome guests to touch and feel in order to gain an understanding of the unique stories behind the designs that are not mere products.
“The Singapore design and artisans community have come together to create a showcase that gives access for the public to meet with and learn from designers and artisans to grow an appreciation for the creative and development process,”said Creative Director of KEEPERS Carolyn Kan, who originally started Carrie K.’s quarterly Keepers events to connect consumers and artisans.
KEEPERS brings together talents from diverse disciplines to spur collaboration where each lends their craft and ideas. The KEEPERS purpose-built space is a collaborative project between President’s Design Award winning architect Randy Chan from Zarch Collaboratives and design agency Acre. KEEPERS is also working with various design festivals such as Archifest to create opportunities for different disciplines to share learnings and collaborate.
Lynette Lee, CEO of TaFf said: "Through the support we have given to our local designers venturing into the overseas markets, we have seen the brands shine and gain traction. Through the KEEPERS showcase, we spotlight the calibre and diversity of Singapore design talents here in Singapore.”
The first of KEEPERS’ monthly events, KEEPERS Extended Remix, coincides with the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix weekend from 19th to 21st September. KEEPERS’ largest collection of designers and artisans will tell the stories of their brand and craft. Over 20 KEEPERS resident designers, as well as guest artisans and designers including The Gentlemen’s Press, Popaganda and more, will be showcased. Visitors will get to meet designers on Saturday, and participate in ticketed workshops on Sunday. Food artisans like My Private Chef will host ticketed food and beverage events through the weekend.
For more details and updates on designers and other activities: Website: www.Keepers.com.sg Facebook page www.facebook.com/KeepersSG Instagram @KeepersSG
About KEEPERS: Singapore Designer Collective KEEPERS: Singapore Designer Collective works to build an environment where Singapore craftsmanship and independent design are valued and desired. KEEPERS presents over 50 Singapore designers and artisans in a multifaceted showcase and event series that highlights the diverse range, capabilities and craftsmanship of designers and artisans in Singapore in one easily accessible location. Designers and artisans connect with guests giving insight into the creative and development process of the community. Disparate disciplines come together to spur collaboration, exchange ideas and strengthen the community in the long term. KEEPERS pops-up in a purpose-built structure for 5 months at Orchard Green (opposite Robinsons Orchard). This project is spearheaded by TaFf (Textile & Fashion Federation) and Carolyn Kan, founder and designer of Carrie K.; with support from Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and SPRING Singapore.
About Textile & Fashion Federation (TaFf) Textile & Fashion Federation (TaFf) is the only official association for the textile and fashion industry in Singapore. TaF.f plays an active role in the development of the industry, supporting its members from manufacturing to retail and fashion. The association aims to support the growth of local fashion designers and retailers, and promote the nation’s pride to ‘Buy & Wear Singapore’. The kind of programmes that TaF.f champions include capability development, marketing and expansion of Singapore’s fashion and textile businesses to the world through overseas mission trips, and promote the betterment of business by adopting eco-friendly business practices via the Apparel Singapore programme.
Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFf) advocates the importance of raising the visibility of homegrown brands locally, as well as assists overseas expansion of fashion enterprises. TaFf partners and connects government bodies like SPRING Singapore and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) with community-initiated project such as KEEPERS. http://www.taff.org.sg
About SPRING Singapore SPRING Singapore is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry responsible for helping Singapore enterprises grow and building trust in Singapore products and services. As the enterprise development agency, SPRING Singapore works with partners to help enterprises in financing, capability and management development, technology and innovation, and access to markets. As the national standards and accreditation body, SPRING Singapore develops and promotes an internationally-recognised standards and quality assurance infrastructure. SPRING Singapore also oversees the safety of general consumer goods in Singapore.
Please visit www.spring.gov.sg for more information and news about SPRING Singapore.
About Singapore Tourism Board (STB) The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is a leading economic development agency in tourism, one of Singapore’s key service sectors. Known for partnership, innovation and excellence, STB champions tourism, making it a key economic driver for Singapore. We aim to differentiate and market Singapore as a must-visit destination offering a concentration of user-centric and enriching experiences through the “YourSingapore” brand. For more information, please visit www.stb.gov.sg or www.yoursingapore.com.
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