Published on Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
There are so many earrings out there with too much going on with all the blingy dangly bits that take the attention away from you and can threaten to rip your ears if it catches onto your clothing. It is time to go back to basics and channel chic simplicity with Khoo Designs' lovingly handmade earrings.
Khoo Designs was conceived from a young lady's passion for earrings, so instead of it solely being a profit-making business, it is more of a creative outlet where she takes pride and pleasure in handcrafting these little adornments and releasing it to consumers who know how to appreciate good handmade items that has personal time poured into the details and quality rather than shoddy mass-produced factory products.
Khoo Designs is the brainchild of 27-year-old Wei Ling, who works at Tan Tock Seng Hospital as an Executive by day, and dedicates her time to crafting and designing earrings by night. For as long as she can remember after getting her ears pierced, she developed a mild obsession for earrings and amassed quite a huge collection of them from impulse buys.
It was just last year when she was taking a stroll down the meandering streets of Penang when an accessories stall caught her eye. The stall was small, but what stopped Wei Ling in her tracks was that it was filled with beautifully hand drawn pictures that were made into earrings. While she was taking a shower that night, it struck her that she should pick up a new hobby creating earrings and start a small enterprise.
Wei Ling started off with fabric earrings before introducing resin earrings with glitter. As of now, Khoo Designs is only creating earstuds but there will be many more exciting new designs coming up in the near future. All of Khoo Designs' earrings are made with high quality stainess steel posts and nuts – suitable for sensitive ears. They are extremely comfortable when worn, and the nuts slide very smoothly through the posts
Khoo Designs' fabric button earstuds all retail at just $6 a pair and come in a wide range of patterns, colors and sizes. Wei Ling sources for quality textured patterned fabric from all around the globe to incorporate into her earrings. The cute button fabric earrings channel a quaint and rustic country look, and brings to mind illusions of barnyard dances and fields of daffodils, it is a retro design for the girly-girls. Each earring is layered twice with fabric for greater compactness and enhanced quality, however since it is made of fabric, remember to take them off before showering or swimming to keep them in optimal conditions!
For that little sparkle in your everyday life, you can opt for Khoo Designs' glass resin earrings which are made with glitter cured into them, and the backs directly embedded into the resin (no glue used at all). The resin earrings are definitely a lot more durable than the fabric earrings and you can wear them for all kinds of occassions – they can bring you from morning to evening, rain or shine. The glitter resin earrings are sophisticated but also gives off an understated glam punk vibe. They come in round ($11) and diamond ($10) shaped, and you can even mix and match the glitter colors just by dropping a note upon purchase.
Khoo Designs' earrings are available for purchase on its online store
. Wei Ling also frequently sets up shop at various bazaars and flea markets where she may sell some handmade one-off items that are not available on the online platform, to find out where Khoo Designs is going to be, follow its instagram page
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