This is one part of a series on homegrown artisanal brands that develop their products with thoughtfulness and a lot of TLC.
Started by Rachel Tang and her husband Azri, both in their 30s, A Tale Of Two Bandits (@ataleoftwobandits) offers customised “alternative” jewellery. Some of its more popular offerings include wedding and engagement rings.
“We made our own wedding bands, and when we saw people’s responses towards our rings and thought about the satisfaction we got from the process, we decided to share the love with others who appreciate this type of jewellery,” says Rachel. She credits her crafting skills to whatever she was taught in school (her major was jewellery design) and to the “accumulation of trial and error at the jeweller’s bench”.
The biggest challenge they’ve faced so far is garnering interest in the type of designs they offer. But if their orders are anything to go by, they’re not too worried.
“We cater to people who know they deserve something different, and who understand that jewellery does not always have to be feminine or pretty. Every commission we receive is a step towards overcoming the misconception people have of our products.”
Currently, the couple are toying with the idea of a ready- to-wear range. “We’ll see. It’s not half as fun if you don’t get to know potential clients and understand the story behind their ideal jewellery.”