When it comes to creative female entrepreneurs in Singapore, Carolyn Kan is No. 1 on the list of women to know. The founder of Carrie K. Jewellery and the hugely popular Keepers Studio design collective (plus too many creative collaborations to count), there’s no one else to match her.
She’s primarily known for her delicate jewellery designs that come with a heartfelt message, exquisite craftsmanship, and a sense of humour. While her Carrie K. label puts her at the forefront, she is equally at home working on collaborative projects with like-minded creative women. It’s this essence that helps women entrepreneurs grow stronger together, and shine.
Kan recently reached out to another jewellery-loving power woman, Paige Parker, with an invitation to collaborate. Parker is the whirlwind behind a number of local designers, including Ong Shunmugam. She recently launched her book, the travel memoir Don’t Call Me Mrs Rogers. It covers her Guinness World Record road trip across 116 countries over six continents in three years.
Who Runs The World?
“This is the new normal – women surrounding themselves with other strong, driven women to drive change and business,” says Kan. “When entrepreneurial and creative thinkers who share the same passion come together, they are unstoppable.”
Women now see the world their way, not the given way, which has tended to be from a male perspective, she adds. “People respond to those who know what they want; women entrepreneurs know and are making things happen on their own terms.”
Parker adds: “I am so optimistic for my daughters. They are facing an entirely different world than the one I grew up in. The future is female.”
In Support Of Women’s Empowerment
The Journey Collection from Carrie K was inspired by Parker’s life-changing trip. The line is based on a mix of gemstones with powerful meanings. Red Garnet, Blue Topaz, Moonstone and Green Onyx are symbols of passion, courage, strength and protection. Kan’s focus is on creating modern heirlooms that tell stories.
These serve as “reminders to the person who wears them”, says Parker. Often, a piece is an uplifting gift from mother to daughter, between sisters and friends, encouraging each other to take charge of their lives.
Fifty per cent of the profits from sales of the Journey collection will also be donated to the Singapore Committee for UN Women’s various empowerment programmes.
The future, at least in the hands of Kan and Parker, truly does feel female.
Shop pieces from the Journey Collection at the Carrie K. Fine Jewellery Atelier. A made-to-order option is also available for customers who purchase 9kt or 18kt gold pieces. You can choose from 17 gem selections including Topaz, Quartz, Amethyst, Peridot, Garnet, Moonstone and Tiger Eye at no additional cost.
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