Paige Parker Shares Her Favourite Singapore Fashion Brands & Places To Shop
Social maven Paige Parker’s passion for local fashion has made her its most dynamic ambassadress yet. She shares her favourite Singapore brands and shopping haunts.
by PATRICIA LEE /
September 9, 2015
Paige Parker’s affable manner and easy elegance have made her a striking presence on the social circuit. But it’s her embrace of the city’s designers that has really got heads turning.
The long-time New Yorker – who moved to Singapore with her husband, the famed investor Jim Rogers, in 2007 – is a confident dresser who zooms in on the look, not the label. This refreshing anti-snob approach, coupled with her savvy personal style, has shone a spotlight on a roster of young local designers in elite, rarefied circles. “I don’t like Singapore labels because they are Singapore labels. I like the ones I buy because they are creating interesting, chic products,” she says.
Here, Parker shares some names and things that have gotten her thumbs up:
“Gothic Princess, the company’s house brand, is a favourite of mine (and my daughters) because it carries cute rings and necklaces that are very affordable (from $10). I love to inject a sense of fun into my dressing by mixing high and low fashion, which means I have no qualms about wearing a diamond bracelet alongside a knuckleduster ring that I purchased from the brand. It’s encrusted in rhinestones and emblazoned with the word ‘boss’.”
The vibrant multi-label shop scene
“My number one place to shop for local fashion is (pro-Singapore designers pop-up) Keepers. I love that it has a little bit of everything to fulfil everyone’s needs… It offers an eclectic and interesting mix covering everything from denim to homeware; clothes and accessories for men and women; and even ice cream by home-grown artisanal dessert maker The Ice Cream & Cookie Co. It’s also always fun to pop by boutiques like Superspace, Actually and Sects Shop, which carry a discerning selection of home-grown contemporary brands.”
Brands with quality and individuality
“As a consumer, I’m keen on well-made, beautiful pieces (with a unique aesthetic) and I’ve discovered that there are many local brands that fill this niche. One gem is jeweller Carrie K. Her Beautiful Mess series – inspired by the irregular shapes and colourful paint splatters of Jackson Pollock – is cute yet clever. Elohim by Sabrina Goh is another: Her interesting prints give her designs a bold individuality. And Ong Shunmugam offers a magical mix of East and West that really resonates with me. I love her use of South-east Asian fabrics on a qipao cutting.”
An adapted version first appeared in Female‘s September issue, out on newsstands now.