Shopping in Singapore isn’t all about international designer labels and the high street brands you see in the malls. For a dose of retail therapy with a twist, check out these local fashion designers who are making waves on the island and beyond!
Creating beautiful pieces based on the Arabian Keffiyeh scarf, founder Louise Jasper was inspired to start her fashion brand Jasper Living when she arrived in multicultural Singapore six years ago. The collections, which include dresses, separates and accessories, are all limited edition, available in a range of colours and perfect for life in the tropics. Personally, we’re huge fans of the Dempsey and Ophier dresses! Shop the brand online or stop by and pick up a piece at Dansk boutique, 428 River Valley Road.
Founded by Belinda Lee and Su May, who felt that the local swimwear scene was lacking options, PinkSalt Swim merges both style and function into its swimwear design, creating pieces that are stylish and contemporary but still classy. Each season the duo design an original print as the focus of each collection, too. Shop the label online or at What Women Want boutique at Mandarin Gallery #02-28/29.
Collate the Label
Setting itself apart as a luxe yet affordable designer for style-savvy ladies, Collate the Label has a growing loyal following thanks to it’s versatile and feminine silhouettes. Favouring tailored silhouettes like shift dresses and peplum shapes with nipped in waists, this label will have a place in wardrobe for years to come. Prices from $100 to $300. Shop online or at TANGS Orchard Road.
Chi Chi von Tang
For the woman who craves casual luxury with a twist, Chi Chi von Tang is one label to know. Designed and founded by Lisa von Tang, the label draws inspiration from Asia’s diverse design heritage and the female spirit, and fuses contemporary street wear with luxury materials and finishes. The brand’s statement bomber jackets have been a huge hit internationally, and have been spotted on celebrities like Mick Jagger, Natalie Imbruglia and rapper Eve to name but a few. Shop the label online or visit the boutique at the Hilton Shopping Gallery.
Focusing on quality construction, cut and fit, Ong Shunmugam is a contemporary womenswear label that has pioneered the reinvention of traditional Asian silhouettes such as the cheongsam and qipao. We love how founder Priscilla Shunmugam puts a creative spin on traditional textile techniques and silhouettes to create wearable and elegant ready-to-wear pieces. The label also takes on custom bridal and evening wear design requests, too. To view the collections or discuss a bespoke piece, visit the atelier at 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-76, 278115.
If it’s a feminine and flirty outfit you’re after, look no further than whimsical local label Aijek. Inspired to make real women look and feel fabulous, Designer Danelle Woo creates stunning dresses, skirts, tops and trousers in natural fabrics that will ensure you stand out for all the right reasons! Order online or shop the latest collection in TANGS.
Stylishly minimal, Exhibit’s luxe tailored basics are easy to wear on their own or pair with other pieces in your wardrobe. The label was founded by Singapore style icon Yoyo Cao, and showcased its first runway collection in 2014 at Singapore Fashion Week. You can shop online, or make an appointment to visit their studio by contacting email@example.com.
Elohim by Sabrina Goh
Well-loved for it’s oversized androgynous designs, local fashion designer Sabrina Goh’s collections are easy to wear and are expat figure friendly. From oversized shift dresses to flattering dresses and culotte pants, there’s a style to suit every shape. Buy online or visit the boutique at #02-14 Capitol Piazza.
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