Kane Lim and the designer buys that he is putting up on sale soon, to raise funds for the Singapore Red Cross. All Images: The New Paper/ Choo Chwee Hua
He made headlines last year with his customised Ferrari and his branded shoe collection worth at least half a million dollars.
Now, one of the “Rich Kids of Singapore”, Mr Kane Lim, is giving back to society.
The 25-year-old, who owns at least 200 pairs of designer footwear, some of which cost more than $8,000 each, will be selling his pre-loved and new items at discounted prices at the Singapore Red Cross International Bazaar at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza on March 15.
The items, which include a rare Hermes crocodile bracelet and a new Celine bag, are estimated to be worth more than $20,000 in retail value.
Mr Lim, who is based in Los Angeles, but is back in town for Chinese New Year, told The New Paper: “I am proud to be Singaporean and it’s an honour to help out a Singapore charity.”
The recent fashion graduate added: “I want to show that fashion is not superficial, it can also be about giving back.
Mr Lim, who has close to 64,000 followers on his Instagram account, then started a new account @thefashionfund_ to sell mainly used branded items from his own collection, with all the proceeds going to various charities such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and non-profit animal welfare organisation Race For The Rescues in the US.
His friends in the fashion industry have also donated branded shoes and bags to these causes.
Here’s a look at five of Kane Lim’s designer buys (and the story behind each of these pieces) that are soon up for sale for this do-good cause:
1. Black studded Christian Louboutin shoes
“This is my first pair of Christian Louboutin shoes that I bought four years ago for $1,500. At that time, I was just starting to make my own money, so $1,500 was a lot of money for me. I started with one pair and now I have about 200 pairs. So this really means a lot to me. I am going to sell it at $800 at the bazaar.”
2. 30 new Brian Lichtenberg autographed caps
“I got to know (US fashion designer) Brian Lichtenberg about a year ago, and he gave me a few outfits to wear to different events. We established a friendship and I bought the caps from him, but got him to autograph them specially for the Red Cross event. Each cap will be going for $150.”
3. Rare Hermes crocodile bracelet
“This is a rare Hermes crocodile bracelet and it retails for around $3,500. Usually, people will sell it for a much higher price online and make a bigger profit out of it. I’m selling it for $2,000.”
4. New suede fringed Christian Louboutin heels
“This was donated by my good friend Phoebe Leong, who owns multi-label boutique TriBeCa in Singapore. I think it’s cool how the people around me are also donating to @fashionfund_ for a good cause. It retails for about $1,700 and I will sell it for $1,300.”
5. New Celine two-tone tote bag
“This was a birthday present from a few years ago. I thought I would donate it since I haven’t used it at all. I think it retails for about $3,400, but I plan to sell it for $2,000.”
ABOUT THE BAZAAR
The Singapore Red Cross International Bazaar will take place on March 15 from 10am to 7pm at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.
The biennial event will have 80 stalls selling food such as pizza, ice cream, beef sandwiches and laksa as well as household items, fashion products and cultural handicrafts. Families can also partake in activities such as balloon sculpting and mosaic painting.
There will be stage performances such as a capella, and folk and traditional dance.
US-based local singer Wiltay will be appearing at around noon and 3.15pm.
Coupons are available on Groupon Singapore, at the Singapore Red Cross’ charity booth at Tangs Orchard today, tomorrow and on Sunday, and at Red Cross House at 15, Penang Lane, from Mondays to Fridays, from 9am to 6pm.
This story was originally published in The New Paper on March 5, 2015.