With a mellow demeanour and elegant style, Bella Koh embodies the spirit of Lohas (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) and the slow movement. While still relatively new here, living green and embracing a socially conscious consumer lifestyle is gaining popularity, and Koh’s the perfect, telegenic ambassador.
“I was a bag designer for almost a decade, and pretty much overworked in the fast-paced fashion industry. The work took a toll on me, physically and mentally. So I decided to call it quits and took a step back in life,” she explains.
So this is what it feels like to be a mum. When this little person begins to lean towards you, resting her head on you most of the time. It just makes you want to protect her. I think i'm becoming like one of those over protective mums otherwise it's my maternal instincts acting up real slow – haha. Baby Alessandra in a @kerryandmase dress. #slowlife #alessandrayeung #baby #babies #organic
Her first “slow life” venture was Flea & Trees. The now-defunct vintage and curio shop played a pivotal role in turning Tiong Bahru into the indie creative community it is today. (It continues to exist online at www.fleaandtrees.com.)
Baked pears with granola for comfort after milking myself for weeks… During the last stage of pregnancy, my mum told me to bear with being pregnant for a while more. After birth, I can do anything I want. That's definitely untrue by the way. Hah! Your life changes drastically once your #baby is born. Forget about going out when and as you like! But at least, the ice cold 6-pack @asahisg beer awaits me in the fridge…thanks to my kindest brother @rjwrites for indulging me. #slowlife #confinementfood #thecatkitchen #organic #vegan #vegetarian
These days, though, she’s mostly known for her food styling that’s garnered her a cool 72.4k followers on Instagram. Recognisable by her signature use of a marble table top as a backdrop, every image is minimalistic with a distinct Japanese flavour (she’s a huge fan of Tokyo culture). “I became drawn to the world of food knowledge and factory farming, and became more conscious of what I ate and did,” she says. “So I started making food for myself, Instagramming it, and boom.”
Excited to reveal that I have joined the @Swarovski family as a #Swarovski Insider! In celebration of Swarovski’s growing family in Singapore and the region, Swarovski X Singapore Fashion Week would love to invite 5 of you to an intimate afternoon tea session on 3rd August at @NationalGallerySingapore. We'll be discussing our favourite Swarovski pieces and what it takes to be a modern, multi-faceted woman. Send your details to marketingCGB.SSG@swarovski.com, titled Swarovski x SFW Tea with Catslavery by next Monday. There will also be a #Flatlay corner styled by me based on #botanical greens! Looking forward to meeting you. X #Slowlife #SFW2016 #DFW2016 #SwarovskiInsider
Catching the attention of F&B powerhouse The Lo & Behold Group, Koh ended up styling for restaurants like The White Rabbit and Extra Virgin Pizza. Now, she even lends her discreet taste and eye for details to projects with major brands that target the modern lifestyle-conscious audience. Among them: Tumi and Swarovski, which has named her one of its influential “Insiders”.
Photography Ivanho Harlim & Shysila Novita, assisted by Marie Liang Styling Noelle Loh, assisted by Angela Chu Hair Brenda Lye & Adeline Seow/PaletteInc, using La Biosthetique Makeup Jane Lau/ PaletteInc, using Urban Decay/PaletteInc
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