There’s a new go-to spot in town to shop for “uniquely Singapore” items!
A new space for local design has sprouted last month in the heart of the city’s shopping belt. Design Orchard, a 2.5-storey development at the junction of Orchard and Cairnhill Roads, is a permanent home for some of Singapore’s emerging and established brands.
The 25,000 sq ft Design Orchard features a retail showcase, incubation and co-working spaces, and a rooftop amphitheatre.
The retail showcase, which spans 9,000 sq ft on the first floor, houses 61 labels across categories such as fashion apparel, beauty and wellness, food souvenirs and small home furnishings. Brands include well-known names such as apparel label Matter and womenswear brand Yacht 21, as well as newer ones like Rocket Eyewear and resort wear label Pinksalt. The first-level space is operated by local retailer Naiise.
Here are other homegrown labels you shouldn’t miss out on!
A womenswear brand founded by 30-year-old Alicia Tsi, Esse uses sustainable fabrics and works with factories that ensure ethical labour.
Half of the label’s garments are made from renewable fibres, which use less resources and have lower impact on the environment as compared to conventional cotton and oil-based fabrics. The other half are made with rescued leftover fabrics.
The label has a minimalistic style with clean silhouettes and solid colours. A V-neck panelled jumpsuit costs $138 while a pair of organic cotton double layered pants costs $118.
Founded by mother of two Juliana Neo, 40, the label carries adorable matching outfits for parents and children. A checkered flounced dress for girls costs $49 while the same style for women costs $59.
Clothes are available for both women and men and for children aged three months to 12 years.
Though the skincare label launched only in 2017, it has already garnered awards from multiple beauty magazines. Designed in Singapore and made in Japan, the brand was founded by Singaporeans Toh Ziling, Winnie Lim, Keith Cheong and Celestine Koh and Tokyo-born Shinji Yamasaki.
The brand’s star ingredient is Japanese white turmeric. The label says the special ingredient prevents the degradation of hyaluronic acid in the skin, while giving skin a more supple texture and greater clarity.
The label has seven products, including a cleanser ($70) and an eye cream ($99).
Founded by brother and sister team Ong En Ming, 31, and Ong Ker Shing, 43, the sunglasses brand offers understated yet elegant eyewear.
Inspired by their mother, the designs are based on her favourite eyewear shapes. These include the classic round frame, originally designed for American soldiers during World War II and made popular by old Hollywood stars such as Grace Kelly and James Dean. The lenses used are polarised and offer 100 per cent UVA and UVB protection.
Prices range from $149 to $169.
The small leather goods brand, founded by Altaf Parpia, combines traditional leather weaving techniques with classic modern silhouettes.
The woven exterior of the label’s wallets is made using vegetable tanned goat skins, which are cut into thin strips and woven using a loom. The interior leather is made from hairsheep leather, which is known for being both strong and soft. A card holder costs $85, while a bi-fold wallet is $135.
By Melissa Heng, The Straits Times, Jan 24, 2019 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, February 2019 / Images: Facebook
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