In Brief: Mrs Lee's bag is designed by Singapore student

Mrs Lee's purse is designed by Pathlight student See Toh Sheng Jie. PM Lee's post on the White House's Instagram account, hailing the "close and longstanding friendship" between the US and Singapore. He is seen here in the principal suite of Blair Ho
PM Lee's post on the White House's Instagram account, hailing the "close and longstanding friendship" between the US and Singapore. He is seen here in the principal suite of Blair House, the guest house of the US President.PHOTO: WHITE HOUSE/INSTAGRAM
Mrs Lee's purse is designed by Pathlight student See Toh Sheng Jie. PM Lee's post on the White House's Instagram account, hailing the "close and longstanding friendship" between the US and Singapore. He is seen here in the principal suite of Blair Ho
Mrs Lee's purse is designed by Pathlight student See Toh Sheng Jie. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Mrs Lee's bag is designed by Singapore student

The blue clutch bag with a dinosaur motif carried by Mrs Lee Hsien Loong to the arrival ceremony at the White House has caught much attention. Its designer is 19-year-old student See Toh Sheng Jie from Pathlight School, for children with autism. Mrs Lee is an adviser to Pathlight's parent organisation, the Autism Resource Centre, and a patron of the Autism Association Singapore. She bought the purse at a recent fund-raiser. Pathlight senior vice-principal Loy Sheau-Mei, who is in charge of the school's artist development programme, said Mr See Toh's parents are "very proud and honoured". She said of Mrs Lee: "The fact that she carries a pouch that is less than $20 to such a world event shows she is really confident and authentic." The purse is sold at www.theartfaculty.sg for $14.80.

Marking friendship with Instagram exchange

The display of friendship between the United States and Singapore spilled onto social media when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong swopped Instagram accounts with the White House for a day. His first post on Tuesday showed him in the principal suite at Blair House, the US President's guest house.The White House chose to post photos of preparations for the state dinner.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2016, with the headline 'In Brief'. Print Edition | Subscribe