We were all shocked when local multilabel boutique Nana & Bird had to close down its store in Tiong Bahru in May, after a URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) crackdown on stores operating from residential units. Set up by Georgina Koh and Tan Chiewling, the store, which stocks cool fashion labels such as British accessories label Tatty Devine and home-grown label Yumumu (Nana & Bird is its exclusive stockist) had been a Tiong Bahru mainstay since 2010.
The drama is over. The good news is that Nana & Bird are back. Last week, it moved into #03-03 Scotts Square, hosted by curatorial space K+. How this happy collaboration came about: The folks at K+, who also brought us kid artist Mondo Okumura in April and Donna Wilson’s knitted woodland creatures in May, found out about Nana & Bird’s troubles in Tiong Bahru and reached out to them. And though they already had plans for the space, they postponed them and decided to offer Nana & Bird the space until February next year.
“We’ve had very positive response from customers who have been accustomed to us being in Tiong Bahru – they love this new space. It’s almost a respite from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road,” says Koh.
Expect to see all the brands you’ve come to love at the old Nana & Bird store: local label Yumumu, Australian brand Milk & Thistle, French label Heinui and kids labels Motoreta Basic and Wolf & Rita.
And there’s something new in the mix too: Hungarian label Thefour. Here’s a peek at the brand’s easy, modern casual pieces:
The same space is also home to K+Workshop, where various artists and artisans will be conducting hands-on sessions ranging from floral arrangement to sushi-making. Watch this space – we’ll keep you updated.
Meanwhile, get thee to Scotts Square and start shopping. It’s been two months since your last Nana & Bird fix, after all.
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