Kim Lim by Joel Low for L'Officiel Singalpore August 2020

Kim Lim is a Pocket Full of Sunshine in L’Officiel Singapore

Kim Lim is a beautiful young entrepreneur. In her interview with L’Officiel SIngapore, Kim talks about various topics including her new business venutres, reflecting on past challenges, and the key lessons she’s learned so far.

Kim Lim by Joel Low for L'Officiel Singalpore August 2020
Lace dress, FENDI. Leather corset, MOSCHINO. Silk skirt, GIVENCHY. Leather boots, ROGER VIVIER. Straw and leather bucket bag, FURLA. Leather woven tote, LOEWE. All jewelry, TIFFANY & CO.

About Papilla Haircare and Illuma Therapeutics

“I’ve always had the entrepreneurial spirit in me. I’m excited by beauty trends and creating, packaging, and designing. These are all the fun parts. I also wanted to find a means to sustain my charities and having a stable, successful business is a way I can achieve many of my hopes and dreams.”

Kim Lim by Joel Low for L'Officiel Singalpore August 2020
Acetate sunglasses, DOLCE & GABBANA. All jewelry, TIFFANY & CO.

Charities Kim is Interested In

“I’ve been involved with charities for seniors and the needy for a long time. Recently, I’ve included those in essential services — cleaners, security guards, and the unsung heroes. I’ve been doing food drops for healthcare workers, police stationed at dorms, and hospitals during this time. Just to thank them for risking themselves during this period, show appreciation and spur them on.”

Kim Lim by Joel Low for L'Officiel Singalpore August 2020
Lace dress, FENDI. Leather boots, DIOR. All jewelry, TIFFANY & CO.

The Way Money Should Be Spent

“I believe that everyone has the right to spend their money and time in the way they please, and for me, the way I want to conduct myself is to do what I can, and to contribute to those who need it the most and speak up for those who cannot be heard.”

Kim Lim by Joel Low for L'Officiel Singalpore August 2020
T1 narrow diamond ring in 18K rose gold, T1 narrow ring in 18K gold, T1 narrow diamond ring in 18K white gold, T1 wide hinged bangle in 18K gold, T1 narrow diamond hinged bangle in 18K white gold, and T1 wide hinged bangle in 18K rose gold, TIFFANY & CO.

Challenges Faced in the Most Recent Months

“COVID-19 is a big reality check for me. I never imagined things would go South so quickly. My first worry was my family — many of my family members are elderly, like my ah-ma, who is 100 years old. I still needed to work, as my business is a new set-up and my staff needed me — so I decided to isolate myself from my grandparents and parents by staying in a hotel for a month. This was in March.”

Being Away from Her Son

“I also have a young son, Kyden, who is two years old. Being away from him for a month was very tough — it’s dreadful for a parent to be isolated from her child. But these are some sacrifices I had to make. Business-wise, I suddenly found myself struggling — my hopes and dreams became a faraway thought and it was down to pure survival. I think I’m stronger and more equipped to cope with challenges now.”

Key Lessons Learned

“Be nimble, and pivot your business. Use technology, and move online. My team accelerated the launch of our e-store to the second week of the Circuit Breaker — this helped to bring in some revenue, which is good, because every bit counts.”

Nothing Lasts Forever

“The good news is nothing lasts forever. And the bad news is: nothing lasts forever! Fortunes can change overnight. We have seen that long-standing businesses can fail; even big household names can close. We must not take things for granted. Life is fragile, I have friends who passed away during this period and I was unable to pay my respects. I cried alone. Treasure the important things like family and friends.”