When I started my brand of lifestyle products with my travel photography a little over a year ago, I would’ve never thought it would grow to what it has now. It’s been a busy past year but it really warms my heart that people care as much as I do about the work and that it’s made a connection the way I wanted it to.
After hustling with four product lines— postcards, tumblers, notebooks and tote bags, I was kind of at a loss of where else to go.
I threw out a question on Instagram stories and asked others what they wanted to see, and this is the first foray into it all.
After weeks and weeks of endless back and forths with suppliers, visiting factories, getting everything designed, I’m finally launching my first proper line of tee shirts.
Here are the stories behind the photographs I put to print.
Read the stories behind the photographs for the rest of the products below.
1. A Rose in Bloom Sydney Tee
One of my favourite things about Sydney is that it’s one of the greener cities I’ve been to, which draws a parallel with the city I was born and raised in with Singapore.
Plenty of green spaces, public parks and botanical gardens can be found in Sydney, and though roses bloom on and off during the season, I managed to find one that did in a field which caught my eye.
2. A Vintage Theatre Hong Kong Tee
When I was travelling solo in Hong Kong, I stayed at this hostel by the name of Wontonmeen. It was a place that was right up my street in many ways. Located in the very local neighbourhood of Sham Shui Po, Wontonmeen Hostel was set up by designers as a place of refuge for travellers, and is decorated the way you’d expect creatives and artists to have filled a space.
This photograph was taken in the common area down below the rooms, located behind a peaceful and bright cafe. The entire place was full of memorabilia from decades past, and I absolutely loved how vintage everything looked, like I’d stepped into someone’s house from the 1980s.
3. A Lighthouse in Málaga Tee
Having done so many pop-ups and art markets on the streets, I love finding them when I travel as well.
It was a sunny day in the Spanish coastal city of Málaga when I stumbled onto an open-air market near the port. It was a hot summer day in July, and the market was still sleepy in the middle of the afternoon even though all the stalls were open. I found these model lighthouses sitting on a shelf set against a pristine white shed and a vintage poster to the right of them. I loved the way the vine twirled on the metal beams around them, and thought it made for a great print on a tee.