Throughout history, women have been beating the odds and breaking traditional stereotypes, especially in the sector of starting up a business. In Singapore, there is no lack of awesome female entrepreneurs to recognise and celebrate. Even as we continue the conversation and calls to action towards women’s equality, here are some women-owned local businesses to support.
Singapore Business and brands owned by Women
Paradigm Shift Label
When she was 14, Audris Quek answered the question of “what is your dream”, with three things: to have her own business, to design her own products and to use the money to help the less fortunate.
Today, she runs the ethical fashion business, Paradigm Shift Label. A responsible fashion label for the modern minimalist, one can find thoughtfully created and ethically made pieces that are long-lasting and high quality.
Starting with a mission to reduce the use of plastic food wraps, Minimakers is founded by Kai and has grown to become Singapore’s largest manufacturer of beeswax wraps. They work with locally-based designers and premium fabrics to produce wraps in small limited batches.
Their wraps cling well, is washable, durable, and also pleasant to the touch. It can be used for keeping foods such as sourdough bread soft as well as vegetables and fruits from browning.
Founded by Chew Jia Tian, Rough Beauty is a local company that sells bath and body products that are handcrafted with botanical ingredients to soothe and nourish the skin. The brand name was inspired by the rugged terrain and haunting beauty of the majestic Himalayan mountains. They stay true to their core philosophy of simplicity and sustainability every day.
Girl Boss Mindy Aletheia Chow runs minimalist jewellery brand Soami, a word blend of the phrase ‘So am I’ and pronounced “Sow-Me”. She designs and creates customizable high-quality jewellery pieces. Soami’s classy, timeless pieces are made of stainless steel and dipped in 18k gold.
There is a wide engravable range that allows customers to physically wear love, promises, goals, dreams, truths with them wherever they go. They have recently launched their studio along Shaw Road for those who wish to browse their collection and find their ring sizes.
Inspired by nature, Aerilynn Tan’s elegant and detailed art style is seen in the different products sold in PaperCranes. Starting with watercolour greeting cards and notebooks, the range of products has greatly expanded to feature items such as nail stickers, journals, bags and more.
Minor Miracles is a print and textile studio aided by a locally staffed team of fashion graduates and creatives. This local brand is founded by Dawn Bey and is run with her team members Tiveyaah Ravendran and Nurin Jazlina.
Minor Miracles sells products with colourful one-of-a-kind print patterns on clothes and accessories. Other than the focus on quality unique products, they also conduct interviews with inspiring women from their committee.
My Story Treasury
Mystorytreasury curates fun and meaningful Chinese children’s books that nurture curiosity and character. Founder Lin Xin is a mum to three young children and a nurse by profession. Lin Xin believes that the benefits of reading to children are priceless and powerful.
Her vision is to nurture a love of Chinese in children through books so that they will better appreciate Chinese culture and history. Each book is beautifully illustrated and suitable for children aged 0-9.
Mummies Edeline and Yuan believe that children learn best through play and that good toys can inspire endless possibilities of play and learning.
They sell toys that are suitable for one’s everyday play adventures. They carry a wide range of toys that encourage pretend play, toys that are suitable for bath time for the outdoors and more.