Best known for her bold and quirky outfits that are effervescent with individuality, it would be
hard not to spot DJ, eco advocate and Female Collective member Linda Hao in a crowd. Sporting a distinctive devil-may-care #anyhaostyle (no seriously, it’s a hashtag she’s coined for her #OOTDS on Instagram) her looks range from electric rave girl fits to more laidback, boho-inspired garms. No outsider to the local fashion scene, she’s also big on thrift shopping and patronises fashion swaps – in line with her eco-conscious approach towards life and mindfulness towards sustainability in fashion. Below, we suss her out on her favourite thrift and vintage shopping haunts in Singapore and Johor Bahru.
Conceived to combat the bruntthe textile and fashion industry has on the environment, Swapaholic organises regular fashion swap events that allow shoppers to declutter and refresh their closet without breaking the bank, and most importantly, without further harming Mother Nature.
#2: The Fashion Pulpit, Singapore
The Fashion Pulpit is a fashion space that hosts swaps, workshops and panel discussions, all in the name of sustainability. It is the first of its kind in Singapore, where shoppers are presented with a wide selection of pre-loved pieces, can upcycle and tailor clothing, as well as learn fashion tips and tricks — all housed in a permanent space. Linda says, “Swapaholic and The Fashion Pulpit are not just thrift stores, but also sustainable shopping platforms where people can swap or exchange clothing. It’s my new way of ‘shopping’ for a good cause — by clearing textiles that might end up in landfills. People can expect to find all sorts of interesting clothing. The range is wide, and comes in all sizes from all kinds of people.”
#3: LahLahLand Vintage
“I like to support my friends who are into collecting vintage clothing like LahLahLand Vintage. You can find vintage glasses and hats to ‘60s sportswear that are just so so rare nowadays. It’s always like a treasure hunt shopping at such events,” shares Linda.
Apart from the aforementioned, Linda also frequents markets or pasar malams in Johor Bahru for
local batik clothing, “to help sustain rural style businesses that are no longer in trend,” she explains. “You can find very traditional fabrics that are uniquely Malaysian if you’re into ethnic prints. It’s really fun because you never know what you might find!”