Remember the dinosaur clutch bag that Ho Ching used at the White House a couple months’ ago? Her swanky ‘pyjamas’ notwithstanding, she became a most unexpected model for Singaporeans, bringing to attention the amazing talent of the students at Pathlight School.
Yesterday, their talent came to the fore again at Timberland’s launch of two T-shirts designed by two Pathlight School students, Asher, 14, and Thong Keen, 18. In a collaboration with The Art Faculty by Pathlight, which nurtures the special needs school’s artistically talented students and alumni, Timberland had asked them to re-imagine the brand’s signature yellow boots and turn them into t-shirts. Lots of designs were shortlisted, and theirs were the final two chosen. They are available from now at select Timberland shops (Raffles City, Vivo City, 313@Somerset, Paragon and Takashimaya) in Singapore, at $39 each where $5 from each sale goes to the school. The two artists will be paid royalties for each sale, as well. Please show your support and head down to Timberland and get these special edition T-shirts.
At the same time, six pairs of shoes, designed by six students will be auctioned to raise funds for the school too. We saw a few of them at the launch yesterday at Raffles City. We loved the sunflowers by Asher, reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting, and the super whimsical dinosaur stampede on another pair by Thong Keen. There was another which caught our eye, covered in ice cream sundaes. Don’t expect perfectly symmetrical shoes, they capture the artistic free spirit of the students and if these shoes were part on sale as part of Timberland’s collection, I’d snag one for myself and the daughter. The redesigned shoes are currently on display at Timberland Raffles City, but would soon be brought to its outlet at Ngee Ann City.
I was informed that in conjunction with this initiative, The Arts Faculty Shop will hold a pop-up store on their 3rd floor outlet at Ngee Ann 14-27 October. The famous dinosaur pouches will be sold there, among other items. At the same time, there will also be 15% off for all Timberland products at Timberland Takashimaya Men’s Department Level 3 then.
Just so we all understand, Pathlight School is Singapore’s first autism focused school which puts kids through a programme of both mainstream academics and life readiness skills. The school runs an Artist Development Programme via The Art Faculty to nurture its artistically talented students and alumni, where they are taught by professional art teachers. The Art Faculty itself is a platform by the school to promote their amazing talents. They run a shop , gallery, art cafe, training space and studio at their venue. Pop down to support, when you can.