#1: Rokh

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If you’re seeking Phoebe Philo’s aesthetic after her exit from Céline, there may be light at the end of your tunnel. With over 120 stockists all over the over, Korean designer Rok Hwang’s Rokh is one to keep in your line of vision. Rok worked under Philo during her legacy at Céline, so it’s no wonder a lot of his work is a nod towards her aesthetic: feminine masculinity, with deconstructed elements, twisted seams, cut-open sleeves and exaggerated hemlines.

Striped fitted jacket, US$1585, www.farfetch.com

#2: Up

Brainchild of Indonesian fashion blogger Diana Rikasari, Up makes your wildest Crayola-fuelled dreams come true with bold punches of colour and prints. The label makes everything from shoes and clothes, to even stationery and home goods, but we’re obsessed with their shoes. Plus, with every Up product purchased, a portion of the profit directly goes to the Level UP! Scholarship
Program – an initiative by Diana to help less-privileged children in getting the education they deserve.

Rijani Pink Mules, IDR425,000 (S$42.50), www.iwearup.com

#3: Aanya

Ethically sourced and sustainably created by local artisans in India, Hong Kong brand Aanya’s printed summer dresses will have you reaching out for them regularly. Think easy to throw on pieces, billowy silhouettes, and breezy fabrics, perfect for post-yoga or post-mojito.

Elan Slitted Pants, US$74, www.aanya.com.hk

#4: Cres E. Dim

Layers, sculptural pieces tied in with loose hems, together with unconventional approaches on classic pieces makes Korean label Cres E. Dim a brand to covet.

Deconstructed A line skirt, KRW653,000, www.cresed.com

#5: Esse

Singapore-born womenswear label Esse makes quality classics with sustainable fabrics such as tencel, bamboo and 100 per cent organic cotton. With clean, easy-to-wear silhouettes, the brand makes it easy for you to mix-and-match with what you have in your wardrobe. Bonus points – they
care about their factories in Ho Chi Minh City and the impact fashion has on the earth.

Silk Tussar Shirtdress, $228, www.essethelabel.com

#6: I.KY.K

Indonesian brand I.K.Y.K., or I Know You Know, makes unpretentious clothes that you want to reach out for everyday. Combining effortless silhouettes with comfortable fabrics, their pieces will make you stand out for its cool factor without looking like you’ve tried too hard.

Nude Black Himawari Mixed Skirt, IDR 1,200,000, www.ikyk-shop.com



#7: Cafune



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Mansur Gavriel who? Stocked on Shopbop, quality and craftsmanship are at the very heart of Hong Kong label, Cafuné’s, design philosophy. Their line of vegan handbags are timeless, luxurious and so easy to grab and go.
Chili Small Stance, $446.40, www.shopbop.com

#8: Purpose Jewelry

Dainty, easily layered jewellery by Indian brand PURPOSE are not only stylish and perfect for everyday wear, they also help make a difference in someone’s life – their pieces have been crafted by young women rescued from sex trafficking. Based in Mumbai, founders Wendy Dailey and Stephanie Pollaro have worked with hundreds of young women in the last decade through their non-profit organization, International Sanctuary, providing holistic care such as employment, education, healthcare and counselling.

Costa Earrings, US$53, www.purposejewelry.org

#9: Double Lovers


You’ve got a couple of Gentle Monsters but have you met Double Lovers?
Eyewear brand Double Lovers wants you to look through rose-tinted glasses IRL
— and this time, they’re rose-gold rimmed too. Edgy shades and wicked frames
for the cool kids, ya know?

Doubler Bus Powder Pink, KRW135,000, www.doubleloversroom.com

#10: Mimpi Kita


Malaysian brand Mimpi Kita, which means ‘our dreams’ is a good mix of
elegance, refinement and colour. The brand makes a range of clothing, from
more refined and luxurious Eid collections, to day-to-day wear that includes
office-friendly shirts and pants, as well as bespoke bridal pieces.

Mkita Frill Cuff Shirt, MYR119, www.mimpikita.com.my