#1: Christian Dada

Why she loves it: “This Japanese brand’s identity is based upon the idea of Dadaism and wabi-sabi — the latter a Japanese philosophy on finding beauty in imperfection. I love that concept and how it translates into the clothes. Each piece on its own is very wearable, albeit with an elevated street edge.”

How she first discovered it: “I got to know the brand a few years back before I joined Surrender, when it was part of the multi-label store’s curation (Christian Dada now has its own standalone boutique in Singapore). They had all these cool biker-esque styles with zippers and this amazing cherry blossom patterned jacquard (Nishijin, a traditional kimono fabric) from the S/S ’15 collection, and it was love at first sight.”

How she wears her favourite pieces: “On heavy rotation right now is a denim jacket and
mid-length skirt. I love my denim and I enjoy wearing it head-to-toe — heck yes to Canadian tuxedos — and I put on this combination of the two pieces on a weekly basis, usually with a plain tank or a grunge graphic tee and boots.”

#2: Hyein Seo

Why she loves it: “I love the cool girl aesthetic, plus the collections and pieces are actually very
well thought out. It’s one of the rarer womenswear streetwear brands that gets everything right — I think a lot of what’s out there is almost too try-hard or well, trashy looking. But even outside of the streetwear category, this South Korean designer and Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts graduate, is one of my absolute favourite names.”

How she first discovered it:  “I first noticed their ‘School Kills’ graphic slogan from S/S ’15 on Rihanna and thought it was super cute.”

What you probably didn’t know: “Hyein Seo’s collections are all about girl power; girls as anime superheroes, girl gangs and so on. I love that about the brand. You feel like a lead female
character in a post-apocalyptic anime or assassin movie, and it’s just badass without trying too hard.”

#3: Heliot Emil

Why she loves it: “They have the slickest execution when it comes to utilitarian style-garments in streetwear: oversized buckles, utility vests, puffer jackets… Also, their womenswear looks are super cool and sexy at the same time — it’s like Helmut Lang, Ann Demeulemeester and A-Cold-Wall* all rolled into one.”

How she first discovered it: “I came across it on Instagram and thought it looked freaking cool!”

Why she thinks it’ll be big: “They do both menswear and womenswear equally well, which is pretty rare to see in young streetwear brands. You can tell the brothers (who hail from Denmark) that are behind the brand really know what they’re doing — design and technicality-wise — and I think people are going to appreciate that in today’s market of self-taught/non-trained streetwear designers.”

#4: Unravel Project by Ben Taverniti

Why she loves it:  “I’m all about that easy and effortless model-off-duty look most of the time, and Unravel Project by Ben Taverniti really elevates that vibe with a grungier, cooler and sexier aesthetic. The brand has the most amazing biker leather pieces and tattered knits.”

How she first discovered it: “I love watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians (hey, no shame there), and the brand is founded by their ex-makeup artist, Joyce Bonelli, and her husband, Ben Taverniti.”

If she could only own one item from the brand, it’ll be… “one of their hybrid jackets, which essentially is half a classic leather jacket, and the other half a bomber jacket. It’s a mad cool garment that incorporates two very classic styles to create something unique and interesting. Plus it instantly makes an outfit super cool.”

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#5: Sottes

Why she loves it: “I love the look of the clothes and appreciate the brand’s eco-conscious production concept and inclusivity philosophy. I typically wouldn’t care for eco-fashion much because let’s be honest, style wise, it isn’t a look I vibe with — but you’d be surprised at how Sottes somehow does it all while looking super cool.”

How she first discovered it: “I discovered Sottes at work because Surrender was debuting this brand worldwide exclusively. The team and I got the chance to work closely with Jeanne and Elliot (the design duo behind it), and it was such an exciting time introducing this fresh concept in luxury streetwear.”

Why the garments look better when worn “It looks really unassuming on a hanger, but when you put it on, you can really feel a sense of the hard work and man-hours it took to put it together. The brand
makes garments that are size-less and genderless, that somehow manages to look flattering on all body types.”

#6: Visvim

Why she loves it: “The craft behind Hiroki Nakamura’s label Visvim is so inspiring and admirable. The brand, its sub-lines and products have so much substance and humanity, and
interesting labour-intensive production techniques.”

How she first discovered it: “I first heard of Visvim about ten years ago, because my older friends back then were wearing the brand. I never cared for it then as I was too young to understand or appreciate the craft and style, but I do now!”

What you probably didn’t know: “John Mayer is a huge fan of Visvim, and I am a huge fan of John Mayer for being a huge fan of Visvim. Also, I read somewhere that Mayer has a larger
collection of Visvim than Nakamura himself… I mean, come on.”

#7: Fxxking Rabbits

Why she loves it: “I love how cheeky and fun the brand is! Sometimes you just want to have fun and rock a graphic T-shirt or hoodie, and not be too serious about fashion.”

How she first discovered it: “I was obsessed with the brand’s signature ‘Smoking Kills’ slogan. As a smoker myself, I loved how ironic it was for me to wear a T-shirt like that. But actually, the man behind Fxxking Rabbits, Ryo Ishikawa, meant it literally (and not ironically) — he was quitting smoking and wanted to put out that message about it.”

What you probably didn’t know: “Ryo — who is known for his provocative photography on Instagram— gives out special edition Fxxking Rabbits camera straps to photographers he meets in person. I think that’s super cool and thoughtful!”

#8: Song for the Mute

Why she loves it: “I love how well thought of every collection is. The clothes are well designed and incredibly well made, with some of the best textile fabrications in streetwear. I’m big on fabrics and Song for the Mute really stands out in terms of quality, look and feel — it’s very subtly textural and layered.”

How she first discovered it: “I came to know about Song For The Mute at Surrender. It was one of the first brands that piqued my interest out of our multi-label curation — I just loved the look
and feel of the garments.”

How she’d wear her favourite piece: “My current favourite item from Song for the Mute is this heavy satin and corduroy button down jacket from F/W ’18, and I love wearing it over something
casual because the heavy satin just amps up the luxe factor really subtly with its sheen.”