Award-winning fashion and accessories designers, Teddy Or and Vice&Vanity are part of the steadily-growing international pool of designers whose unique products can be purchased on new online design community and marketplace www.wefew.net.

Having already created a serious buzz internationally via online forums, blogs and trade press, WeFew is getting ready to open its online storefront in early July 2008 to those who love all things design and with a keen eye for new trends and unique purchases.

Offering fantastic products from emerging and established designers within the fields of homewares & furnishings, product design, fashion, and jewellery & accessories, WeFew truly stands out from existing design sites through its WeCurate programme. A jury of high profile, award-winning industry professionals and peers review and rate designer applicants to ensure the focus of WeFew remains quality, not quantity, showcasing talented designers who produce original and innovative design. Among the jurors is Philip Start, founder of Woodhouse and proprietor of Hoxton fashion hot-spot boutiques, Start London, www.start-london.com.

Via the WeFew e-newsletter, blog and forum, design lovers can interact with designers and other design enthusiasts, thus keeping the finger on the pulse on what’s new in the international design community and get the scoop on emerging designers.

The WeFew jury is currently reviewing applicants, with a number of exciting names having successfully completed the vetting process, including Singapore-based designers Teddy Or and Vice&Vanity. See ‘notes to editors’ below for designer and product info. New designers are continuously added to the WeFew blog until the launch of the online store next week.

WeFew is the brainchild of American entrepreneur Autumn Gehring, currently residing in Singapore. “This idea sparked off while living in London. I discovered so many talented, independent designers, working hard to promote their work, yet as a design lover, it was difficult to consistently find quality, innovative products. After moving to Singapore I realised that emerging designers and design lovers here experience similar challenges, so I knew I had to bring designers and design enthusiasts from around the world together in one place.”

And so WeFew was born, launched in part with the support of Creative Community Singapore (CSS – an initiative by the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts) as an international platform with the primary purposes of bringing together talented designers and design lovers, and providing emerging designers with the support they need to establish and grow their creative business.

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Notes to editors:
• For more information on WeFew please visit www.wefew.net
• For further editorial information, photographs or to arrange an interview with Autumn Gehring, please contact Tine Frank on tine@satiworks.co.uk or +44 (0) 7951 165704

Designers:

Teddy Or
Born and raised in Singapore, Teddy Or won the top prize in the 2006 Singapore Fashion Designers Contest, and represented Singapore in the Asian Young Fashion Designers at the Singapore Fashion Week that same year. Teddy launched his eponymous collection at the Asia Wow! event in conjunction with the 2008 Singapore Fashion Festival 2008. The Teddy Or Street Couture collection draws influences from both Eastern and Western costumes pulling together looks combining kimonos, sarongs, and kebayas and Victorian and Edwardian dresses. Teddy’s design philosophy is always about designing pieces that are versatile and could be worn in different manners. He believes that garments should be able to inspire the wearer to have fun while dressing up.

Product
Kitty Blouse, £95. Polyester jacquard/embossed satin. UK sizes 10/12/14. Cap-sleeve or sleeveless blouse with bow. Neckline can be transformed by wearing bow as a bow tie, long sash or shawl collar.

Vice&Vanity
This is what happens when a Fine Art degree and a fashion retailing career come together! ‘Refreshing’ describes Vice&Vanity's designs to a T. Ever since the label launched in 2006, the creative duo has never failed to surprise with their every collection. From couture to casual, Vice&Vanity offers an array of stunning jewellery to satisfy the fashionista in all of us. Helmed by Singapore based designers Vivi Masturah Lim and Aaron Kao, Vice&Vanity has recently ventured overseas to bring their creative flair to a wider market.

Product
Adria Collar, £60. Tassled collar neckpiece. Acrylic/brass chain. Collar dimensions; 15 x 15cm. Chain length; 30 cm.

Sofia Collar, £56. Layered collar neckpiece. Acrylic/brass chain. Collar dimensions; 9.5 x 18cm. Chain length; 30cm.

Published on: 12:00AM on 7th July 2008