IFEOMA UBBY, 35
The Italian citizen is a full-time cancer researcher at the National Cancer Centre, and designer of Oliveankara, her label of ankara-themed clothes and accessories.
What started out as a side project has morphed from online sales and pop-ups to a permanent showroom at #03-82, 57 Eng Hoon Street, for Oliveankara.
“I was getting more and more stuff, and needed more space, so my husband and I rented another apartment to showcase my designs and work there. The good thing now is that with a separate studio, we can close the door to work and say we are done for the day, which was hard to do previously.”
Ubby’s bigger focus is, of course, cancer research. “I’ve just submitted a publication about mutation of the P53 gene and am waiting to see if it is accepted by the reviewers.”
Silk twill long-sleeved shirt with attached fabric scarf, $2,810, silk twill jacket, $5,240, silk twill skirt, $2,620, and shell pendant earrings, $1,240, Gucci.