Esse The Label
It’s no surprise that Singaporean labels are becoming increasingly eco-conscious. Good news is, if you’re a discerning shopper, you don’t have to go far (even with regards to shopping online). Esse serves up neutral, planet-friendly separates from linen to organic cotton. You can be comfortable, stylish and saving the planet all at the same time – sounds like a win to us.
Rye’s been the word on everyone lips since its launch. The homegrown label is known for its minimal (and lately, utilitarian) aesthetic. You can expect trend-proof pieces (no running after seasons) and reworked wardrobe staples with an edge. Check out the brand for neutral hues, boxy cuts and an overall timeless, elegant feel.
Swimwear is gaining traction quick. There are labels that range from sustainable to simply vacation-friendly. And with our warm weather and pool options (there’s definitely a plus side to the heat!) it only makes sense that we have homegrown swimwear brands too. Enter Pinksalt Swim, a swimwear label positioned at the modern day woman. With options that range from modest to contemporary, there’s something for everyone.
Founded by Singapore-Japanese duo Elizabeth Soon and Keita Ebihara, Ametsubi — known for their boyish womenswear and top-notch fabrication — offer well made classics with a twist for stylish modern women. Think: trenches with curious fastenings (pictured above), slouchy white shirts nip and tucked in unexpected places and drapey tops perfect for layering.
The Burmese designer behind this eponymous fashion label has been based in Singapore since age 12, and has elevated our local design scene with her experimental wares. From unique prints to unconventional fabrics, expect wearable silhouettes from Wai Yang but, executed in not-so-subtle hues, textures and finishes.
Lisa Von Tang
Known to many as Chi Chi Von Tang, the label by Singapore-based Lisa Crosswhite is most recognisable for its Chinoiserie bomber jacket that put the brand on the map immediately post-launch in 2015. Three years in, the ever-evolving bomber is now a Lisa Von Tang signature, along with its stable of commanding robes, dresses and pant suits — all tinged with a Chinese flair.
A veteran in the modern Singapore fashion landscape, designer Priscilla Shunmugam is known for her feminine garments and strong Southeast Asian influences — but not without updating them for the modern woman.