Stylist, designer, founder and Creative Director of up and coming Singaporean fashion brand Eight Slate, Savina Chai graduated from the School of Design with a Diploma in Apparel Design & Merchandising and a fierce determination to someday create her very own fashion label. Now at the age of 23, having survived the early make-or-break days of being her own boss and a debilitating eye condition that has left her partially blind, Savina continues to combine her love for fashion, film, photography with a sense of spunky entrepreneurship to make waves in the fashion industry.
What was the best part of your time as a fashion student in the School of Design? What’s your fondest memory?
The best times were spent bonding with my project mates over late nights in the studios during one particular module — Visual Merchandising. I remember lots of memorable, heartfelt conversations with friends, sharing fast food from Mcdonalds while working on our projects. I greatly enjoyed the friendship and the good working synergy.
What’s the most important lesson you learned in the TP School of Design?
I learnt how to be independent and self-sufficient. Many times in school, our lecturers guided and supported us as much as they could but there were also many areas where we had to work by ourselves to further improve our projects.
What do you love most about design?
I love design because I think it is the truest, purest and most authentic way to communicate. There is an emotional expression and story to everything you see. That’s the best part about design.
What do you love most about your work?
Working with talented creative individuals from different parts of the creative industry that I would otherwise not have met. We end up collaborating, working together and we become great friends.
How would you make the world a better place through the work you do?
Since I started my own business, I’ve made it a point to support design students and aspiring entrepreneurs through internships, collaborative support, mentorship and talks. I try my best to work with different photographers and stylists and support them with clothing loans to encourage them to shoot and go out of their comfort zone when creating work and content.
Why did you choose to do fashion as a course/career?
Fashion was my first love and my longest love. People come and go in life, and through the lowest and highest times of my life, my love for fashion was always there to keep me grounded and surviving.