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American Fashion Labels We Wish Had A Store In Singapore

From Cult Gaia to Supreme, here are the American fashion labels we wish physically existed in Singapore.

Raise your hand if you love online shopping as much as we do. After all, scrolling through online stores in the comfort of our beds while dressed in pyjamas does mean we don’t have to spend time walking around while lugging our spoils.

With that being said, we have to admit that shopping in a store provides you with a tactile experience that you just can’t get anywhere else. Sometimes, we truly need to visually asses the piece in person and above all else, make sure that the item is a good fit.

In light of American Independence Day and the reasons we’ve mentioned above, we’ve rounded up eight brands we really want a physical store of in Singapore, stat.

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Cult Gaia
Remember the wicker bag that broke the internet? The it bag’s name is Ark and it came from Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) trained Jasmin Larian, who founded Cult Gaia in 2012. Since then, Cult Gaia has spawned a couple of other lust-worthy bags that have received critical acclaim from the fashion world, such as the Japanese picnic bag-inspired Lilleth and the tasseled Angelou. But bags aren’t all there is to the young label. With its clean, boho-esque style, Cult Gaia also retails everything from flowy dresses and sculptural outfits to accessories and footwear with a contemporary edge. Supreme
A firm favourite amongst street style enthusiasts, Supreme’s popularity has exploded since its inception in 1994 by English businessman and fashion designer James Jebbia. With its distinctive red logo, Supreme was created for skateboarders. The brand continues to have a cult following with its pieces and collaborations — including the one they had with French luxury label Louis Vuitton back in 2017 — selling out almost immediately. Having a piece of Supreme in your collection instantly ups your street cred. A physical store in Singapore would guarantee incessant queues, that’s for sure. Everlane
For those who favour a simpler, minimalist silhouette, Everlane is bound to have something for you. Created in 2010, Everlane takes the everyday basics — from T-shirts and sweaters to denim jeans and shoes — and makes them better. How? Everlane only engages with factories that have passed its stringent ethical check, which includes criteria such as fair wages, acceptable work hours and environmental standards. Everlane creates evergreen pieces that are meant to stand the test of time. In addition, the brand aims to be as transparent as possible. For example, Everlane breaks down the cost of every item and affords you glimpses into the factories it works with. It’s no wonder then, that Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, actress Angelina Jolie and model Gigi Hadid are fans. Reformation
Another sustainable, ethical label in this line-up, Reformation prides itself on its thoughtful creation process where most pieces take about 12 to 18 months before they are manufactured and sold. The lengthy process is needed to ensure that the pieces fit a variety of body types and sizes. Each piece lists the sustainability standard so that you can make an informed purchase. Finally, Reformation lets you into its sustainable factory in Los Angeles via hosted tours so that you’re able to meet the people who make the outfits. Chrome Hearts
Lovers of jewellery need to put Chrome Hearts on your shopping list. Founded in 1988 by Richard Stark, Chrome Hearts is known for its signature high-end silver jewellery and cross-inspired designs. Richard started the brand creating clothing and leather products, and later became known for his accessories. The company has since expanded to include other metals, such as gold, and daintier silhouettes. The brand counts many celebrities as fans, including singers Rihanna and Lady Gaga and the Hadid sisters. Asian celebs such as Nicholas Tse and members of South Korean boyband Big Bang have also been spotted wearing them.