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Joo Chiat: Singapore's New Vintage Shopping Haunt

Many would know Joo Chiat as a laid-back enclave that's replete with great food options and architecture that owes influence from Peranakan culture. But in recent months, two new — and unrelated — vintage stores, A Vintage Tale and Eclectic Room, have popped up, located most conveniently within minutes' walk of each other. Here's a low-down on what you need to know about each store.

A Vintage Tale

Azzurra La Mantia (left) and Jasmine De Brauwer

Who’s behind it: Azzurra La Mantia and Jasmine De Brauwer. De Brauwer used to work for a music festival organisation back in Belgium while Italian native La Mantia has extensive experience as a visual merchandiser for brands such as Gucci and Stella McCartney.

First opened: June 2018

A vintage Moschino blazer

What you can expect: Genuine threads dating anywhere from the ’50s to the ’90s, and belonging to names such as Moschino, Missoni, Valentino and Gucci. While vintage stores tend to focus on daywear, you’ll find a small but well-curated section of glamorous evening pieces selected by La Mantia. The ladies are especially proud of their one-off pieces such as handbags from ’40s Italian designer Roberta di Camerino, who’s been credited for being one of the earliest labels to create the concept of the It bag.

Where it’s sourced from: All over Europe, including Spain, Norway, France, Germany and yes, the ladies’ hometowns.

Price range: From $45 for a wicker bag, while apparel might go for between $75 – $300.

Bonus: All of the psychedelic furniture you see are all sourced by the ladies themselves locally. If you like what you see, they’re able to help you get some for your own.

Images: Zaphs Zhang

A Vintage Tale (@avintagetale)

#02-01, 277 Joo Chiat Rd

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