Check in every month for the latest news on fashion and jewellery, new stores, plus sales in Singapore – both for online shops and in-store. After a new handbag? There are plenty of good ones here, plus a few jewellery ideas.
No more mass-produced garments! Local e-commerce shop Little Match Girl may have been around since 2003, but they’re now jumping on the earth-friendly bandwagon by embracing slow fashion. The brand isn’t just out to create clothes that don’t cost the earth (there’s a whole line dedicated to upcycled fabrics!); it’s also committed to fair labour practices and humane work ethics by fairly compensating its tailors. The collections have always oozed timelessness and grownup sophistication, but add ecofriendly and ethically-sourced fabrics – some of which would’ve ended up in landfills – and you’ve got a winning combination.
If it isn’t already obvious at first glance, the new Niobium Concept 2 is not your grandpa’s sandals. A new collab by Tokyo Design Studio New Balance and outdoor lifestyle brand Snow Peak has resulted in what could be the ultimate outdoor slipper. It’s both fabulous and functional, thanks to the breathable mesh material, highbrightness reflectors, shock-absorbing soles, and the futuristic-sounding Vibram Mega Grip, which boasts outstanding traction – even on rough roads. Suddenly, our old sandals seem so meh.
Who doesn’t recognise Converse’s Chuck 70 and Jack Purcell sneakers? While these shoes have always had a reputation as sportswear staples, renowned designer Hiroshi Fujiwara from 7 Moncler FRGMT, the edgy offshoot of luxury Italian label Moncler, is here to kick things up a notch. Known as the godfather of Japanese streetwear, Fujiwara is all about bold, detail-driven styles coupled with minimalist touches. Converse fangirl Kamala Harris would be proud!
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Just What Our Trainer Ordered
Here’s one for the gym bunnies: British brand Sweaty Betty has opened its first flagship in ION Orchard. Spotted on Hollywood A-listers such as Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and even the Duchess of Cambridge, this activewear combines bodysculpting technology with fashionforward aesthetics inspired by founder Tamara Hill-Norton’s passion for fitness, adventure and fashion. Think luxury sportswear, workout accessories and these three magical words: bumsculpting leggings.
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Trendy Tots Unite!
If you’re racking your brains on what clothes to buy for bubba, check out online baby and toddler store, Dilly & Fin. The website has plenty of indie labels that you won’t find anywhere else in Singapore – including Olivier London, Little Cotton, Nellie Quats and Bebe Organic. Made for tots aged four and below, these clothes are easy, breezy and warm weather-friendly so your little boss can flex their style in playgrounds or at parties.
Fashion Goes Virtual
It’s no secret that the fashion industry has been hugely impacted by COVID-19, but here’s some positivity that has emerged from these sad few seasons: a virtual fashion festival. The Front Row is back for its second year, and features a line-up of on-demand fashion shows, podcasts and interviews with industry experts, styling workshops, and interactive exhibitions in one virtual space. This year’s theme is about conscious consumption and fashion that is responsible, inclusive and seasonless, so expect local and regional labels that share the same ethos.
Eco-clothing once resembled hemp sacks – boring and shapeless. However, with Wray Crafted’s newest collection, Terra, it’s possible to do good and look good. The collection comprises hand-printed dresses featuring dabu, an ancient Rajasthani printing technique that uses organic colours and vegetable pastes and involves scrupulous attention to detail. Add the brand’s signature hand embroidery and detailing done by community artisans in Udaipur, and you have a collection that’s comfortable enough to wear throughout the WFH day and chic enough for a night out in town after.
Now that the official summer months have come to an end, we have our eye on some closet staples to help ease our transition. Kate Spade New York captures the last vestiges of the season with its line of fall-appropriate maxi dresses you can layer with, and deceptively roomy bags for that jacket or umbrella. We know it’s always summer in Singapore but there’s no harm in dreaming, is there?