CHECK OUT – LE SA­LON BY LING WU

AN APART­MEN­TIQUE BY LUX­URY BAG DE­SIGNER LING WU

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An apart­men­tique by lux­ury bag de­signer Ling Wu.

Walk up to the sec­ond floor and ring the bell; home-grown bag de­signer Ling Wu – or, Ling – will greet you at the door of her “apart­men­tique”.

This res­i­den­tial-style bou­tique in Chip Bee Gar­dens takes on a dis­tinc­tively dif­fer­ent at­mos­phere than what most Sin­ga­pore shop­pers are used to. You’ll en­ter a liv­ing room filled with Ling’s per­sonal col­lec­tion of vin­tage fur­ni­ture and decor pieces (a Hel­mut New­ton print of a young Jodie Fos­ter hangs near the din­ing area), and find her col­lec­tion of ex­otic skin and leather bags dis­played ca­su­ally through­out the space. It’s hard to tell what is and isn’t for sale, but therein lies the con­cept of this apart­ment-cum-bou­tique.

“This is a dream store for me, be­cause as a home­body who needs a beau­ti­ful liv­ing space, I al­ways knew that my bou­tique had to look and feel like home. I want to in­vite peo­ple over for a glass of wine while we talk about the prod­ucts. It’s not the type of store where shop­pers walk out af­ter a quick look – peo­ple are bored of shop­ping this way,” says Ling, who has set up re­tail spa­ces in places like Por­to­bello Road Mar­ket, Lon­don and Na­tional De­sign Cen­tre.

With an aim to cul­ti­vate a per­sonal con­nec­tion with her shop­pers, Ling also en­cour­ages group shop­ping. This gives cus­tomers a bet­ter and more fun way to know the sto­ries and his­tory of her bags – some of which are in­spired by fur­ni­ture – and the other brands in store. There’s fra­grance la­bel A Dose

VISIT LE SA­LON BY LING WU AT # 02- 78 43 JALAN MERAH SAGA, WWW. LINGWU. SG, TEL: 9696- 3118. IT IS OPEN WEEK­DAYS, FROM 10AM TO 6PM.

Of Some­thing Good, which takes up space on a French Art Deco con­sole, fine jew­ellery by Alexan­dra Al­berta pre­sented on an acrylic ghost ta­ble, and vin­tage bags by Dark Horse Vin­tage. Ling chooses these brands for their ex­clu­siv­ity in the Sin­ga­pore mar­ket, and based on her unique per­sonal tastes.

Shop­pers can ex­pect a new roundup of names ev­ery six months, too. “There al­ways needs to be vin­tage items in Le Sa­lon. I just spoke to Emelie He­den, the CEO of Swedish vin­tage and an­tique fur­ni­ture store Mobler, about hav­ing some of her brass items here. I think that would be a great ad­di­tion to the apart­men­tique. When I re­tire, I’ll prob­a­bly travel and set up a vin­tage shop – what a won­der­ful life that will be!”

TOP Ling Wu taught fash­ion at Lasalle Col­lege of the Arts be­fore fo­cus­ing on her brand full-time.

RIGHT This photo of a young Ste­vie Won­ders is a gift from Ling’s hus­band.

Ling’s love for vin­tage items be­gan in child­hood. She loves home garage sales and shop­ping at mar­kets like Paris’ Porte de Clig­nan­court. ABOVE

LEFT Ling Wu is known for its python-skin bags. The prod­ucts are now avail­able in leather.

OP­PO­SITE, TOP A cosy din­ing area, made up of vin­tage chairs Ling bought from Ebay, is the first thing guests see when they step into the store.

RIGHT Ling works from her of­fice in the apart­men­tique, where there is a mood­board that gives visi­tors a peek of her next col­lec­tion.

RIGHT, TOP Ling calls her store “a se­cret vault of in­spi­ra­tion”, with brands such as A Dose Of Some­thing Good.

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