Image of Keepers courtesy of Shady Republic
From the busy Orchard Road sidewalks to the hipsterville vibe of the shophouses at Haji Lane, Singapore is home to local fashion and lifestyle labels that are so good, you wish you knew of them sooner. Among the lineup: the epitome of grunge chic, luxe clutches so posh they've been featured in Vogue, bespoke tailoring for your man, and a hat label with a witty name. Read on, book a flight, and—don't forget—bring empty luggage.
Image courtesy of Elohim by Sabrina Goh
1. ELOHIM by Sabrina Goh
She's got her trademark silhouette down pat—straight and decidedly anti-fit, Sabrina Goh's pieces are a cool mix of androgynous and grunge, with feminine cuts that make it perfect for both the boyish chick and the girl at heart. Think: an asymmetrical hem on a standard black dress, or a dangerously low back on a monochrome top.
Elohim by Sabrina Goh can be found at 181 Orchard Road, #02-11/12 Orchard Central. Visit their website here.
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Whole9Yards is unapologetically feminine, what with dresses dominating their lookbook line-up and retro-vintage themes that make up their main inspiration well. The brand has mastered the classic A-line dress, and its separates are fodder to any girl who goes weak over florals, frills and ruffles.
Whole9Yards can be found at at Wisma Atria, Orchardgateway, Takashimaya and KEEPERS. Visit their website here for more information.
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If you're going for perfect-fitting pieces, then you might just want to check out Womb. While the fast flow of ready-to-wear has made it the more popular shopping choice, Womb offers customization on its pieces, meaning you can have it altered, cinched and modified to suit you perfectly. Think of it as ready-to-wear made just for you—the brand's oxymoronic way of marketing their contemporarily feminine pieces is, surprisingly, effective.
Womb can be found at ION Orchard, Raffles City, Isetan Scotts, Workshop Element, Inverted Edge and KEEPERS. Visit their website here.
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4. LING WU
Know those bags that can cruise from season to season, never going out of style? Ling Wu's pieces are like that—the kind that always take its rightful spot in your bag rotation. Ling Wu bags are made of mostly textured leather and skin, done up in classic shapes and polished hardware. We're particularly pining for the brand's semi-structured satchels in black and emerald with a tastefully contrasting tan strap.
Ling Wu can be found at the National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road #03-10. Visit their website here.
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5. ETHAN K
Ethan Koh, as a designer, likes getting personal. The Ethan K website, for example, will take you through his signature bags' design process—from the sketchpad to the tannery to the crafts table to the store, you'll get a sense of why these luxury bags have gained massive attention from Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. The designer's family has owned a tannery for decades, inspiring the designer to create this eponymous line. Similarly, his pieces are something you'd want to pass on to generations after you.
Ethan K can be found at Malmaison by the Hour Glass, Knightsbridge #01-01, 270 Orchard Road. Visit their website here.
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Don't let its unpronounceable name intimidate you—Dzojchen's (pronounced, quite simply, doh-jen) contemporary pieces are versatile for any type of fashion enthusiast, from classic knit pullovers to an oversized two-piece denim suit. Menswear and womenswear are both present. Footwear, too.
Dzojchen can be found at KEEPERS: Singapore Designer Collective (featured in the main image), 230 Orchard Road, Orchard Green (Junction of Cairnhill Rd and Orchard Rd.), Singapore. Visit their website here.
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7. GNOME & BOW
Girls, steer your boyfriend into a Gnome & Bow store—the brand is a gentleman's club of the spiffiest men's accessories we've seen this side of the world. Mainly using leather, Gnome & Bow's structured folios, monogrammed tags, plaited bracelets and the most dapper duffel bags we've ever seen (if all guys just entered the gym with this…) will make us fall in love at the sight of the man who wears them.
Gnome & Bow can be found at KEEPERS: Singapore Designer Collective, Orchard Green (Junction of Cairnhill Rd and Orchard Rd. Visit their website here.
Image courtesy of K by Kevin Seah
8. K BY KEVIN SEAH
Kevin Seah is on his way to becoming a Singaporean institution—his work is among one of the finest in the country, founding a bespoke tailoring label in 2009 when everyone else was raring to set-up fast fashion businesses. K by Kevin Seah is a great transition sub-label for those still dipping their feet into investing in bespoke menswear. Starting at more affordable price points, it will have your pieces ready in less than a month, as opposed to its more bespoke counterpart that will have you wait five months.
K by Kevin Seah can be found at 55B/C Boat Quay. Visit their website here.
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9. CODE DECO
Code Deco is not your standard, run-off-the-mill bottled perfume line. Artisanal in nature, its three collections were inspired by jazz music, flower bouquets and journeys to magical places around the world. Heavy stuff, but that's what makes each spritz worth wearing all day.
Code Deco’s flagship store can be found at #02-22 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road. Visit their website here.
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10. HEADS OF STATE
Cool name, right? This millinery is like its monicker. Witty and arresting, this label's designer hats are statement indeed, with our favorites including a faux blonde coif, and—for those who use their hearts over their heads—a tiered chiffon heart pierced by a metallic fringe Cupid's arrow. Cheeky? Insane? Absolutely adorable? We'll take it.
Heads of State can be found at KEEPERS: Singapore Designer Collective, 230 Orchard Road, Orchard Green (Junction of Cairnhill Rd and Orchard Rd.), Singapore. Visit their website here.
Image of Keepers courtesy of Shady Republic
1. Drop by KEEPERS: Singapore Designer Collective.
KEEPERS is a pop-up shop that showcases the largest number of local Singapore talents across various fields of design—furniture and food included! Keep an eye out for accessories by Carrie K., home‐wares by Supermama, furniture by Grafunkt and many more. Who knows what you'll find when you visit the mother lode?
KEEPERS is located at Orchard Green (Junction of Cairnhill Rd and Orchard Rd). KEEPERS: Singapore Designer Collective, 230 Orchard Road. Visit their website here.
2. Experience the Golden Jubilee!
Get exciting deals in celebration of Singapore's 50th year. Take advantage of special airfare deals, stay at a participating hotel for 2 nights and get the 3rd night free, shop till you drop during the Great Singapore Sale for a chance to win S$500 daily, and have a gastronomic adventure with exclusive dining discounts from various establishments.
To know more about the exciting Golden Jubilee deals, visit www.yoursingapore.com/goldenjubilee.
3. Listen to Up Dharma Down's new Singapore-inspired single!
Inspired by and shot in Singapore, Up Dharma Down takes their cool, uptown beat to the Lion City in "All the Good Things," their newest single. Watch the music video (which was filmed in scenic Singapore spots such as Marina Bay Sands, Haji Lane, Marina Barrage and Henderson Waves, the city's highest pedestrian bridge) and behind-the-scenes footage, where the band discusses why Singapore is such an inspiring place for enjoying—and making music about—all the good things.
4. Already packing in your head? Download the YourSingapore guide!
UDD get you feeling inspired to book that flight? Make that trip even better with an insider scoop from the band members themselves! Want to go shopping with your girl? Armi Millare got you covered. Ready to class it up with a boozy night, 1000 feet above sea level? Ean Mayor checks out all the cool watering holes you'd want to visit. Craving for something a little more low-key? Paul Yap dishes out information on the Mod Sin culinary scene. Looking for your fix of token tourist shots for that travel OOTD? Carlos Tañada takes the city's spots in a red hot Ferrari. So don't take our word for it—take theirs. Download the guide here.