Talent Story – Wen

A small island can be a source of big ideas. A hotbed of cultures, perspectives, stories, Singapore was the perfect place for a budding designer to grow up and set me in good stead for moving to New York, and later London. In the Big Apple, I interned with DKNY before moving to Tory Burch for handbag and accessories design, where I had the opportunity to learn from some of the biggest names in the designing world.

Fuelled with experience and knowledge I returned to Taiwan, where my family was now located. Home is often the best place to be, and I was lucky to discover a number of exciting fashion brands where I could further my career. Eventually, that led me on the road again, and I moved to London, to seek knowledge at London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins, learning a great deal about the technicalities of footwear design. It was here where I was chosen to take part in the Dots Dash project.

Hopping between countries and continents has given me a broad canvas on which to work. Different cities give off a certain kind of energy, from the lights and glamour of New York to the fog and black taxis of London, or the bustling street markets of Taiwan. My shoes are more than footwear, they are a walking travel book of my experiences.

Therefore, my shoes are well-travelled, but remain elegant. They reflect a woman who has been far and wide, yet retains a love of her roots. She has been enriched by her experiences of the world, but remains humble and enjoys the simple pleasures of home.

(*Visuals from Talent’s mood-board)

As a designer, I am always looking for new ideas. At times it may seem as if I am daydreaming, or gazing wistfully out of a window. I am in fact breathing in ideas, absorbing the world around me, working up images for the next shoe.

Who better than Coco Chanel to sum up my feelings on fashion: “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Fashion is everywhere, on every street and in every woman.