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A slice of H.A.M in Singapore's visual merchandising market

A chance opportunity led to the birth of this company. These days, when opportunity knocks, its bosses are quick to open the door.

Co-founder Hidekatu Shigekawa says the first five years were spent grappling with uncertainty. Their salaries then averaged S$500 a month as they "made sure" they didn't pay themselves "a big fat pay cheque".

CHANCES are, you have seen the work of H.A.M Creations without knowing it.

The work ranges from flip-disc exhibits at Changi Airport, to retail displays for Sephora lipstick, and a faux piano in a Hermes window display.

But before the 17- year-old company could nod smugly at having...