Singapore female entrepreneurs step up to form new generation of shoe designers

(From left) Teresa Chong, Cherre Hermogena and Clara Han are young women entrepreneurs who have launched their own footwear labels and are putting the craft back into shoemaking with their unique touches.
(From left) Teresa Chong, Cherre Hermogena and Clara Han are young women entrepreneurs who have launched their own footwear labels and are putting the craft back into shoemaking with their unique touches.ST PHOTOS: GIN TAY, MARCELLIN LOPEZ
Teresa Chong, 33, founder of Jonanthan Abel, at her store in Takashimaya.
Teresa Chong, 33, founder of Jonanthan Abel, at her store in Takashimaya.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

SINGAPORE - Shoemaking may sound almost like an ancient tradition in this age of fast and mass-market fashion, but the craft is enjoying a small revival here.

The Textile and Fashion Industry Training Centre (TaF.tc) - the training arm of the Textile & Fashion Federation (Taff) - saw 35 students graduate from its footwear design diploma programme in 2018. In 2013, there were only nine graduates.

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