Shopaholics, for one-of-a-kind buys that can’t be easily found outside Singapore, look no further. Shop for cool fashion items by these indie designers, attend craft workshops where you can create a personalised item for yourself (or as a gift) and even get a bespoke outfit made just for you.
02-03 National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road
For unique handcrafted jewellery that’s quirky and a little bit tongue-in-cheek, check out Carrie K, a recipient of the Elle Awards Jewellery Designer of the Year. For instance, the Beauty and the Beast collection features pendants, rings and earrings with a jagged 'teeth' motif, while the Alice in Wonderland collection has chokers and earrings in the shape of keyholes – a recurring theme in the story. The designer is also able to create bespoke designs for those who want to wear something that's one of a kind. Men need not despair – the boutique carries rings, leather bracelets, cufflinks and other accessories for them too.
43 Jalan Merah Saga 01-76
Fashion designer Priscilla Shunmugam of Ong Shunmugam is best known for bringing a contemporary spin to traditional Asian clothing like the cheongsam (one-piece Chinese dress) and the kimono (Japanese garment). Traditional textiles like batik (cloth that has had wax and dyes applied) and lace are often used in the designs. The result – statement pieces that offer insights into the rich heritage of the region. Her atelier in Holland Village features a glass window looking into the workroom so customers can have a glimpse into the world of the seamstresses as they cut, sew and embroider the designer's pieces.
Ong Shunmugam is best known for bringing a contemporary spin to traditional Asian clothing like the cheongsam and the kimono
For bespoke menswear
116A Telok Ayer Street
Men, too, can get pampered, with the opportunity to create a dapper James Bond-worthy suit of their dreams. Q Menswear, which was founded by designer Chong Han San, is a bespoke tailor where every single detail of a suit, from the cut and fit down to the type of fabric and buttons can be adapted to cater to the customer’s taste. The shop is designed to resemble a gentleman’s club, and clients can browse samples and discuss options with the expert tailors over a cup of coffee or even whiskey. The shop is also well stocked with ready-to-wear men’s clothing as well as shoes, accessories, travel items and grooming kits for those who prefer to grab and go.
For craft junkies
44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-54
If you love stationery, be sure to visit Bynd Artisan, where you can create a customised notebook and get it hot-stamped with up to 15 characters of your choice. The boutique also has a collection of handcrafted leather accessories such as wristlets, card cases and bags. Those who want an even more hands-on experience will love Bynd Artisan’s regular bookbinding, leather crafting, calligraphy and botanical painting workshops where you can pick up a few craft skills along the way.
115 King George's Ave, Unit 03-02
Check out the quality, handcrafted decor items found at The General Co, such as wooden incense holders and coasters, as well as craft accessories like a leathercraft starter kit and a cutting mat. This craft and design studio also works closely with Singapore’s top craftsmen, designers and artisans to curate a wide variety of workshops that showcase the intricacy of hand-making goods. There are fragrance creation workshops where you will learn to blend your own scent, leathercrafting sessions to make small leather goods like coin pouches and hand lettering classes for the artistically inclined. Best of all, you’ll get to take your creations home with you!
Looking for something different and fun to do over the weekend? Then join our soap crafting workshop with @rough__beauty! Happening on 5 August, you will get to create and take home your very own botanical soaps! You will also get to personalise your own salt scrubs with ingredients known for their therapeutic properties. Sign up now via http://bit.ly/tgcworkshops! #TheGeneralCo #TGCworkshops
Not enough shopping? Head to multi-label boutiques such as nana & bird, Megafash and Naiise for a wide selection of clothing, accessories and lifestyle items from uniquely Singaporean designers.
There are so many creative talents in Singapore, so why not show them some support by picking out a few standout pieces!