Karen Tee

Karen is a lifestyle and travel journalist who is constantly roaming the globe in search of her next great adventure. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism in New York City, she has also taught journalism at Lasalle College of the Arts. She covers fashion and beauty for South China Morning Post.
Karen Tee
Karen is a lifestyle and travel journalist who is constantly roaming the globe in search of her next great adventure. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism in New York City, she has also taught journalism at Lasalle College of the Arts. She covers fashion and beauty for South China Morning Post.

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Five of the hottest new nightclubs in Asia for partying all summer long

Marquee in Singapore features a 30-metre-tall Ferris wheel, Ce La Vi is the highest rooftop lounge in Taiwan, and Zouk Genting in Malaysia has a social gaming lounge. And they’re not all the new venues offering something different.

27 Apr 2019 - 7:58PM

Marquee in Singapore features a 30-metre-tall Ferris wheel, Ce La Vi is the highest rooftop lounge in Taiwan, and Zouk Genting in Malaysia has a social gaming lounge. And they’re not all the new venues offering something different.

Five of the hottest new nightclubs in Asia for partying all summer long
Why LVMH boss is bullish on Asia, except its luxury fashion brands

LVMH regional chairman Ravi Thakran says there are many rising fashion stars in Asia that have the potential to go global, but he does not see the continent producing a true global luxury fashion brand in the next decade.

17 Apr 2019 - 8:38PM

LVMH regional chairman Ravi Thakran says there are many rising fashion stars in Asia that have the potential to go global, but he does not see the continent producing a true global luxury fashion brand in the next decade.

Why LVMH boss is bullish on Asia, except its luxury fashion brands
Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Topshop have all banned exotic skins – but trend could be doing more harm than good

Contrary to popular belief, using ethical sources of crocodile leather and snakeskin in the fashion industry can help in wildlife conservation, says some industry leaders.

21 Mar 2019 - 8:33PM

Contrary to popular belief, using ethical sources of crocodile leather and snakeskin in the fashion industry can help in wildlife conservation, says some industry leaders.

Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Topshop have all banned exotic skins – but trend could be doing more harm than good
Asian meets Latin American as Colombian art comes to Singapore and Asian artists plan to head to South America

A trip to Colombia led to the opening of Singapore-based Artitude Galeria. Owners Ravi Thakran and partner Holly Turner were amazed at the similarities between Latin America and Asian art and decided to bring the two together.

18 Mar 2019 - 7:19PM

A trip to Colombia led to the opening of Singapore-based Artitude Galeria. Owners Ravi Thakran and partner Holly Turner were amazed at the similarities between Latin America and Asian art and decided to bring the two together.

Asian meets Latin American as Colombian art comes to Singapore and Asian artists plan to head to South America
Birkins wall to wall, a closet full of couture, but it’s work that makes Singapore socialite Jamie Chua happiest

There are 200 Hermès handbags, a similar number of shoes and fashion from the world’s leading luxury labels. The former Singapore Airlines stewardess talks about her style, her work, and the perils of not staying in five-star hotels.

11 Mar 2019 - 8:53PM

There are 200 Hermès handbags, a similar number of shoes and fashion from the world’s leading luxury labels. The former Singapore Airlines stewardess talks about her style, her work, and the perils of not staying in five-star hotels.

Birkins wall to wall, a closet full of couture, but it’s work that makes Singapore socialite Jamie Chua happiest
How Asia is daring to share: the rise of fashion rental services

Clothing rental companies are springing up in Asia as shoppers overcome their reluctance to wear used designer outfits. Some companies also offer alteration services and package deals.

24 Jan 2019 - 7:50AM

Clothing rental companies are springing up in Asia as shoppers overcome their reluctance to wear used designer outfits. Some companies also offer alteration services and package deals.

How Asia is daring to share: the rise of fashion rental services
How online fashion retailer Zalora cracked Southeast Asia

Singapore and Malaysia-based company Zalora says that understanding the region inside out is what has given it the edge.

17 Jan 2019 - 8:33PM

Singapore and Malaysia-based company Zalora says that understanding the region inside out is what has given it the edge.

How online fashion retailer Zalora cracked Southeast Asia
Kill Bill and Charlie’s Angels star Lucy Liu on her deeply personal art and why she ‘came out’ as an artist

Works on display include a set of books with cut-outs holding found items she picked off the streets and put in ziplock bags. Liu has long been interested in art and had her first solo show, under her Chinese name, in 1993.

16 Jan 2019 - 6:18AM

Works on display include a set of books with cut-outs holding found items she picked off the streets and put in ziplock bags. Liu has long been interested in art and had her first solo show, under her Chinese name, in 1993.

Kill Bill and Charlie’s Angels star Lucy Liu on her deeply personal art and why she ‘came out’ as an artist
The future of watch fairs: why top marques no longer need Baselworld, SIHH, says major Asian collector

Seeing fellow pupils at the elite Anglo Chinese School wearing Omegas and Rolexes, Bernard Cheong collected deposits on Coca-Cola bottles to buy his first watch. He shows us his ‘migration box’, a travel case containing eight watches for a quick getaway.

15 Jan 2019 - 6:39PM

Seeing fellow pupils at the elite Anglo Chinese School wearing Omegas and Rolexes, Bernard Cheong collected deposits on Coca-Cola bottles to buy his first watch. He shows us his ‘migration box’, a travel case containing eight watches for a quick getaway.

The future of watch fairs: why top marques no longer need Baselworld, SIHH, says major Asian collector
Singapore’s next top model is bringing much needed diversity to runways around the world

The Lion City’s newest ‘It’ model is bringing much needed diversity to runways and ad campaigns around the world. The six-foot-tall Singaporean-Indian made her debut at Paris Fashion Week this season.

1 Dec 2018 - 8:58AM

The Lion City’s newest ‘It’ model is bringing much needed diversity to runways and ad campaigns around the world. The six-foot-tall Singaporean-Indian made her debut at Paris Fashion Week this season.

Singapore’s next top model is bringing much needed diversity to runways around the world
Instagram star Chryseis Tan: ‘If I started posting about work, I don’t think anyone would find that interesting’

Chryseis Tan is not your average Instagram rich kid and is carving out a niche in her family’s Berjaya business while making smart use of social media to spread awareness about her ventures.

16 Nov 2018 - 6:05AM

Chryseis Tan is not your average Instagram rich kid and is carving out a niche in her family’s Berjaya business while making smart use of social media to spread awareness about her ventures.

Instagram star Chryseis Tan: ‘If I started posting about work, I don’t think anyone would find that interesting’
A Zara for shoes and bags, Singapore’s Charles & Keith has reached Hong Kong at last

City’s would-be Carrie Bradshaws don’t have to go to Singapore for their trendy, affordable accessories fix any more. The LVMH-invested brand known for its minimalist interiors is opening two Hong Kong stores.

31 Oct 2018 - 8:18PM

City’s would-be Carrie Bradshaws don’t have to go to Singapore for their trendy, affordable accessories fix any more. The LVMH-invested brand known for its minimalist interiors is opening two Hong Kong stores.

A Zara for shoes and bags, Singapore’s Charles & Keith has reached Hong Kong at last
Inside story of the jewellery Crazy Rich Asians characters wore, and a US$2 million Victoria’s Secret bra

The fabulous earrings Gemma Chan’s character buys, the multi-strand necklace Michelle Yeoh’s matriarch wears, and more, were lent by Mouawad. With the family-owned firm set to exhibit at JeweLuxe in Singapore, its director predicts the next trend in diamonds.

11 Oct 2018 - 7:11PM

The fabulous earrings Gemma Chan’s character buys, the multi-strand necklace Michelle Yeoh’s matriarch wears, and more, were lent by Mouawad. With the family-owned firm set to exhibit at JeweLuxe in Singapore, its director predicts the next trend in diamonds.

Inside story of the jewellery Crazy Rich Asians characters wore, and a US$2 million Victoria’s Secret bra
Eight Singapore fashion, beauty and lifestyle boutiques that break the cookie-cutter mould

Singapore is full of glitzy, cookie-cutter shopping malls selling major fashion brands, but some retail outlets prefer to stock emerging labels and local designs. Here are eight stores that are worth checking out.

6 Oct 2018 - 9:02AM

Singapore is full of glitzy, cookie-cutter shopping malls selling major fashion brands, but some retail outlets prefer to stock emerging labels and local designs. Here are eight stores that are worth checking out.

Eight Singapore fashion, beauty and lifestyle boutiques that break the cookie-cutter mould
How a Frenchwoman discovered fine Chinese tea’s healing powers and put it into a skincare line

China has been slow to harness the healing qualities of its finest teas for skincare products, unlike Japan and South Korea. Chinese-French brand Lu Ming Tang puts that right.

2 Oct 2018 - 8:48AM

China has been slow to harness the healing qualities of its finest teas for skincare products, unlike Japan and South Korea. Chinese-French brand Lu Ming Tang puts that right.

How a Frenchwoman discovered fine Chinese tea’s healing powers and put it into a skincare line
WWF exposes loophole in Singapore ivory trade laws that allows illegal trade to prosper

A recent ivory jewellery brand launch in Singapore, which turned out to be a publicity stunt by the WWF, highlights a shortcoming in the nation’s law that allows trade in ‘old’ ivory and opens the door for illegal new ivory.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

A recent ivory jewellery brand launch in Singapore, which turned out to be a publicity stunt by the WWF, highlights a shortcoming in the nation’s law that allows trade in ‘old’ ivory and opens the door for illegal new ivory.

WWF exposes loophole in Singapore ivory trade laws that allows illegal trade to prosper
Singapore streetwear survivor rides style’s new popularity and expands to trendy Chengdu, China

Flesh Imp stayed under the radar for most of its 18-year history, preferring collaborations with the likes of rapper ShiGGa Shay and model Rebecca Tan to hyping its name. With streetwear back in vogue, the brand is expanding to trendy Chengdu.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Flesh Imp stayed under the radar for most of its 18-year history, preferring collaborations with the likes of rapper ShiGGa Shay and model Rebecca Tan to hyping its name. With streetwear back in vogue, the brand is expanding to trendy Chengdu.

Singapore streetwear survivor rides style’s new popularity and expands to trendy Chengdu, China
Start-ups that could make Singapore a beauty trendsetter after years of market dominance by South Korea and Japan

Word-of-mouth marketing from satisfied customers, and social media buzz, have driven the growth of three trending beauty start-ups offering artisanal scents, mimimalist skincare high-performance organic products

3 Jul 2018 - 6:16PM

Word-of-mouth marketing from satisfied customers, and social media buzz, have driven the growth of three trending beauty start-ups offering artisanal scents, mimimalist skincare high-performance organic products

Start-ups that could make Singapore a beauty trendsetter after years of market dominance by South Korea and Japan
Modest wear going mainstream and becoming more stylish as women choose to cover up and Muslim spending power grows

In places such as Singapore there didn’t use to be much choice of modest wear. Now specialist retailers, mass-market chains and online retailers offer a wide range of stylish clothing, and modest fashion has become a style choice

20 May 2018 - 9:47AM

In places such as Singapore there didn’t use to be much choice of modest wear. Now specialist retailers, mass-market chains and online retailers offer a wide range of stylish clothing, and modest fashion has become a style choice

Modest wear going mainstream and becoming more stylish as women choose to cover up and Muslim spending power grows