Behind the process and design
The process of designing, conceptualising, visualising and realising a product at Bells & Birds is immaculate. Making sure that every last detail is taken care of as every piece is handmade with love in Singapore.
Creating a piece does not come easy, the thoughts behind the process makes it a long and enduring task, albeit tiring but the love and passion for quality lace and materials turned into beautiful pieces you love makes it worth it!
This journal entry will answer some curious questions that were posed by our customers on our creation process by the brains behind of Bells & Birds, Amanda Koh.
What is the first thing you do when starting on the design process of a new piece?
I think about what product(s) are lacking in our range, and set out on finding the right materials, prints and trimmings (like laces and buttons) that go well with the design in mind.
How do you come up with designs for your pieces?
We often look at materials or styles that are good for our humid weather, such as short sleeve pyjama sets that are frequently requested and most popular. Keeping in close contact with our regular customers also provides feedback and helps in planning for our new collection.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Our brand is whimsical and dreamy, always inspired by nature around us. With a penchant for romantic botanicals, our floral prints are unique and popular.
Also, florals always make us feel relaxed and cheerful, just like being on a getaway.
Where do you get your materials from?
Laces are typically from Europe and Japan, while cotton and mulberry silk is from China (the biggest makers of quality silk in the world).
How do you decide what fabrics is best for certain pieces and creating new products
While we are known for making lace and silk bridal robes, our mulberry silk range is also popular now. Apart from being an all-natural fabric that offers so many benefits, with the right care, it lasts a long time. This allows us to eliminate fast fashion production while is better for the planet.
We also use modal cotton, also known as the ‘better cotton’, in some of our pyjamas and slips. Due to its breathability, coolness and stretchability, it is suitable for long periods of wear. And! Our customers love that it is machine-washable (in the netting, of course).
How long do you take to create a piece?
The design till production process can typically take 2-4 weeks, mostly dependent on how fast the materials arrive. While COVID has made it impossible to personally source for the materials overseas, we rely on our trusted suppliers to provide us quality materials and workmanship. Also, good photos showcase the beauty of our creations. Sometimes we need time to get good pictures or reshoot if necessary. Hence this also adds to the turnaround time of a creation till it reaches the customer.
What is your favorite collection that you've made?
Frankly, I love everything that we put out to customers. I believe the brand is always an extension of our own personality and style. If I had to choose, it will be our iconic Mon Tresor Lace Kaftan (that we now make in numerous colours) and the mulberry silk range, because it is just so luxurious! Also, fan-favourite prints like Spring Fling and Sage are making a comeback this Sep, so that is very exciting.
What goes behind the every photoshoot?
What sets us apart is we try to showcase our loungewear in a lifestyle setting. It can be indoors, at a café or even on the beach. It’s okay to have fun in our pieces, and loungewear is no longer just for home. A challenge we face is finding new spots to shoot, because we have been practically everywhere! And we try to refrain from shooting at popular spots, instead favouring obscure locations. Right now, we are looking for a nice bungalow with a ‘hidden garden’. So please DM us on Instagram if you know somewhere in mind!
Who are your customers?
As many might know, our first customers were brides-to-be, who journeyed with us when they became mummies as we started making their maternity robes too.
Despite starting out as an online store, I’ve had the privilege to meet many customers face-to-face at pop-up events and our studio. It is always heart-warming to meet people who adore and support our humble brand, and I’m very thankful for that.