TThe Grayelab Corner of Graye's store in Wheelock Place is now a spot for customising, repairing and upcycling activities. Credit: Graye

Genderless apparel brand Graye, which started as an online menswear label founded by designer Xie Qian Qian, recently rejigged its store layout at #02-13 Wheelock Place to introduce a laboratory-like concept as a backdrop for hosting upcycling workshops.

The Grayelab Corner is decked out with peg boards, a sewing machine and a central countertop for customising, repairing and upcycling activities. At this station, you can personalise newly purchased Graye products with heat transfer prints and buttons, as well as turn baby onesies from the brand’s new kidswear line – Young by Graye – into tees for free.


Upcycled straps from Graye’s Artefacts line of accessories.

The brand has also launched a new Artefact collection of accessories – a multipurpose rope strap ($29), upcycled elasticated strap ($35) and knotted keychain/bracelet ($12) – which you can purchase readily or make your own with the staff’s assistance in the store.

Looking for an activity to flex your creative muscle? At the three-hour Cut & Sew Upcycling Workshop every Monday (10am and 2 and 6pm), learn to make your own one-of-a-kind upcycled tote bag using old garments and off-cuts.

You can pick from paper patterns using scrap fabrics, or from pre-loved or sample garments, and be guided through basic sewing and finishing, embellishing and personalising your final tote. The workshop costs $250 a person and $350 for two.

This article is adapted from a story that first appeared in The Straits Times