By: Cherylene Chan
Shop-aholics! Stop pressing your nose against that window display and listen up – we’ve got something awesome you’ll want to hear. Chillax Market, once a well-loved quarterly pop-up outside Tanglin Mall, will be making its home permanently at The Grandstand. Having flung its doors open on 9 October, the family-friendly one-stop shop will house a whopping 25 fashion and lifestyle vendors.
Aside from selling everything from furniture to children’s clothes and toys, the new Chillax at Turf City will have nifty nooks including an art gallery, cafe, salon, florist and even a children’s corner for the little-rascals to play in. Designed by oh-so-stylish British design firm Elliot James, the space has been fitted with 1950s architectural accents and ambient task lighting to evoke the quaint, rustic charm of European bazaars like London’s Portobello Market.
Eager to find out what else is in store at this exciting new permanent fair? We had the pleasure of taking a sneak peek. Read on to for what to expect at their splendid hand-picked booths…
Geared towards young working lasses, Gezel’s fashion arm hawks weekend wear that will give days out an extra dash of fun, as well as versatile separates that will take you from the office to the bar.
Gezel Home Accessories
This lovely stall is bursting with European-inspired homeware and furnishings – think trays, customised cushions, candlestands and more. Aside from proudly promoting independent labels, they also make it their mission to support the women in Vietnam’s rural area of Bau Truc by selling their handmade pots and statues.
Take a breather from the shopping frenzy and prop your feet up at this chic beauty bar, which offers lavish yet affordable hair and nail treatments. Devotees of Gelish (er, that’ll be everyone then) will be pleased to know that it’s one of the most well-priced places in town for manicures. Every parent who stops by for a haircut will also get a complimentary cut for their child.
Planning a wicked bash at home? This store’s full of adorable party supplies, from printed tableware to confetti and paper lanterns. They’ve even got craft tools and baking ware if you fancy a from-the-heart DIY touch.
Abi and Joseph
Sweating it out doesn’t have to cramp your style. This sportswear brand from Perth will be offering a selection of trendy yet comfortable threads for yoga, pilates and high-impact physical activities.
Jow Junior Dutch Fashion
The Holland-based brand produces tasteful togs for kids and parents, handmade from natural fabrics in Rotterdam and The Hague.
Thinking of new playtime clothes for the kiddos? This line of cotton separates suits boys and girls aged six to 10, and comes in cheery prints and relaxed cuts. Each piece is also carefully sewn by Vietnamese women working from home, giving them an alternative way to earn a living.
Pianissimo Baby & Home
Your little angels will sleep soundly on this local label’s soft bedding, made with organic cotton. They also offer hand-sewn plush toys, cushions and infant clothing.
Believing fashion should flatter women’s figures, the boutique label’s booth will carry dresses and separates that are stylish yet practical and comfy. They also have a signature line of perfume for home and personal use, blooming with energising orchid, bergamot and frangipani notes.
This charming homeware brand churns out one-of-a-kind ceramics designed by New Zealander Anna Miles. The pieces, from bowls to vases, are hand-crafted and painted by Vietnamese artisans – plus are certified fair trade. We’re already won over by their incredibly intricate handiwork, so knowing that the makers and their families will benefit is the icing on the cake.
The family-run Spanish shoe brand will be peddling their hand-made leather shoes and sandals. With models to suit men, women, girls and boys, you could even buy matching ones for the whole clan (move over, Crocs!).
For men tired of mass-market threads, this Netherlands-based t-shirt line screenprints limited-edition designs on pure cotton – only 100 pieces per batch.
Love dressing up your tiny tots for a day out? Made Little specialises in irresistibly cute frocks, onesies, bloomer sets and separates, all designed and hand-made by stay-home mothers.
Oh hello, holy grail of snakeskin accessories. This homegrown label crafts python skinned bags and purses in a range of shapes and colours – from classic to funky. If you’re in need of cool, comfortable clothes for the baking heat here, they also produce a range of flowy, billowing kaftans, dresses and tops in eye-catching prints.
Modern Eclectic Living
The home furnishing store, founded by floral designer Jane Warner, will be carting in a spread of stylish, well-made home accessories and furniture. Sourced from far-flung countries like Poland and Argentina, the selection of pieces here are known for their unique touches.
The Eclectic Cafe
When you’re feeling peckish, retreat to this cosy coffee and tea spot that’s devoted to serving ethically produced brews. Piping hot cuppas aside, a range of New York-style sandwiches, French cheeses and Vietnamese banh mi will also star on the yummy menu.
Aspiring beach goddesses will love this boutique’s flattering and sensuous designer swimwear, resortwear and jewellery sourced from Brazil and America.
Embrace tropical style with Baliza’s ethically made, 100-percent cotton clothing inspired by the scenery and culture of Bali and Ibiza. Each piece is made at Ladli, the vocational centre of I-India, a non-profit organisation that helps provide Jaipur’s street children with healthcare, education, a home and emotional support.
Mesmerised Home & Lifestyle
Head to this stall for alluringly-scented reed diffusers, scarves, hand-poured soy candles from Australia and posh crockery from Thailand and Indonesia. These include bamboo baskets and ornate serving bowls.
Modern Eclectic Art Gallery
Run by the folks at Modern Eclectic Living, the quaint gallery space will be showcasing emerging artists from around the world. Getting the ball rolling is London-based artist Jacky Tsai, who made serious waves after his elaborate floral skull motif was heavily featured in Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2008 Menwswear collection.
Modern Eclectic Flower Bar
Yet another corner run by the taste-making Modern Eclectic crew. Breeze in here for fresh blooms.
If bling is your thing, Curator’s Den deals mainly with jewellery. This vendor sells under-the-radar, artisanal labels like Evocateur (US) and Kurshuni (Turkey).
Live Love Africa
The quaint store brings in a lovely range of brightly coloured home accessories hand-crafted in South Africa.
If you fancy having healthier, fresher drinking water (and look snazzy while doing so), this store allows you to customise an elegant crystal wand with different gemstones that will turn tap water into spring water quality.
Find yourself drawn to Australian brands? The online boutique will be setting up shop with clothes from their range of Australian labels, including Zimmerman and Camilla. A lot of their collection is exclusive to South East Asia, with their original HQ being by appointment only, so Chillax will be a great way to shop coveted pieces.
Whew…. what a fab list! Insider tip – weekends are the best time to go, when they’ll be hosting interesting workshops for floral design, interior styling and more. If you can’t make the trip down, they’ll also be launching a free mobile app for shopping on the go. Plus, there’s plenty more coming up, especially with Christmas inching closer. Look out for our top festive picks from Chillax Market next month.
(Psst…! Chillax Market is at Level 3, The Grandstand at Turf City, 200 Turf Club Road.)