Passion fuels veteran designers Thomas Wee and Goh Lai Chan

Couturier Goh Lai Chan, who has been designing clothes for almost 30 years, says his loyal customers are his biggest motivators.
Couturier Goh Lai Chan, who has been designing clothes for almost 30 years, says his loyal customers are his biggest motivators. ST PHOTO: SAHIBA CHAWDHARY

Singapore couturier Goh Lai Chan has been creating glamorous gowns and cheongsam for almost three decades, but the 56-year-old still derives much joy from designing and making clothes.

"My mind is always on work. I really love what I do. Even when I'm shopping, the clothes I see inspire me, or when I'm relaxing at home, I'll think of something new and have to note it down," says the designer and owner of the label Laichan, who works 11 hours a day, six days a week.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2019, with the headline 'Passion fuels veteran designers'. Print Edition | Subscribe