Women that rock

They don't dress red carpet fixtures or boast a village of craftsmen, but Singapore's own bauble makers have daring dressers transfixed, both at home and abroad.

AS much as the homegrown style industry bemoans a lack of support for local labels, one sector of the market is shining brighter than any other - fashion jewellery. Often made by women for women, baubles that are proudly designed and created in Singapore are embraced by even the snootiest of stylemeisters.

"The majority of my customers used to be from overseas, but over the past year or two the market here has become more supportive of local independent labels," says US-born, Singapore-based designer Mandy Wu, who creates hard-edged, urban designs for her eponymous brand.

"I believe it is in good part due to the exposure and support my label has received from the local media in recent years. It...

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