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.
Six-year-old womenswear label Aijek offers elegant, luxurious pieces at affordable prices, and it’s one of the top performing brands at Tangs department stores.
Making waves worldwide like at New York Fashion Tech Week (2017) and the Arts of Fashion in San Francisco (2017), two-year-old homegrown Baelf is definitely one to note. The label specialises in avant-garde looks, fusing fashion, art and culture together tastefully to create wearable art.
Beyond the Vines
Beyond The Vines specialises in simple, sophisticated pieces — shift dresses, pleated skirts and maxis — that can be worn for multiple occasions.
Photo: Binary Style
The brainchild of twin sisters Santhi and Sari Tunas, Binary Style offers unique scarves that have a local touch to them. Lauded for their vivid colours and story-telling patterns, the scarves are inspired by nature, architecture, and Singapore’s heritage. With their exquisite packaging, a beautifully designed envelope with a story card, they make great gift ideas too.
Looking for quirky, edgy jewellery to jazz up your outfit? Local jewellery stalwart Carrie K is the brand for you. We’re loving the new Statement Star Ear Jacket from the latest Changing Star Collection.
Choo Yilin turns classic jade jewellery into pieces that are modern and refreshing. Score them at its newly opened boutique (#02-23 Mandarin Gallery) or at its Joo Chiat shophouse (331 Joo Chiat Road).
Collate The Label
If you’re a fan of clean and minimalistic clothing made of refined fabric, you are bound to like Cruise‘s pieces, which include wearable and day-to-night, versatile looks.
The hallmarks of David’s Daughter‘s pieces are their forgiving silhouettes and structures, which are combined with bold details.
Not a fan of flowy dresses and feminine tops? Dzojchen offers a cool-girl alternative with its edgy, androgynous pieces.
Elohim By Sabrina Goh
Contemporary yet unfussy, Elohim By Sabrina Goh is a master of easy, relaxed separates.
Another one on the ‘woke’ list of emerging fashion labels, Esse is essentially everything fast fashion is not. With her quality minimalistic designs, owner Alicia Tsi aims to change consumer purchasing habits in fashion to combat harm done to the environment by the industry. Her pieces are made of sustainable materials (Tencel, bamboo and organic cotton), and are made to last a lifetime with quality fabric and workmanship, together with timeless designs
Ethan K makes the most luxurious hand-crafted leather goods, designed for women who are adventurous and not brand-conscious.
If muted pastel hues, silk top and modern designs are your thing, you have to check Gin Lee out.
In Good Company
Filled with elevated basics and edgy designs, shop In Good Company at its flagship store in Ion Orchard (#B1-06).
On the hunt for statement bling with colourful gemstones? Joanne L. has got you covered.
Specialising in modest wear, Katt Ibrahim’s designs are famed for its sleek and elegant silhouettes and playful patterns.
Swimwear brand K.Blu’s USP: Bikinis and maillots made specifically for Asian body types.
Local fashion designer Lai Chan is famed for his modern and exquisite takes on the Cheong Sam (or Qipao). Apart from his chic and classic ready-to-wear collections that give modern ladies a sophisticated look, some of his most notable costume designs for acts include Romeo + Juliet and Shakespeare in the Park.
Ling Wu is an expert at producing buttery soft exotic leather handbags at (surprisingly) affordable prices.
Marilyn Tan appeals to women of all ages with stunning, sophisticated jewellery designs.
Its approach to preserving textile traditions and helping rural communities be more sustainable has earned Matter, which churns out everything from pants to jumpsuits, a strong following of loyal fans.
Max Tan is known for his oversized pieces and boyish cuts. Dubbed Singapore’s very own Rick Owens, his designs are avant-garde yet wearable.
Naked & Unbound
Lingerie brand Naked & Unbound wants to make their bralettes – made of satin and lace – a wardrobe staple.
Our Second Nature
If you’re on the hunt for casual, and comfortable clothing for everyday wear, Our Second Nature is right up your alley. Made for the modern woman, their simple and minimalistic designs make the perfect chic daytime looks.
Photography Monika Ottehenning Model Lucille Corbet
Bold and wacky – womenswear label Revasseur, stocked at Superspace (#02-18 orchard gateway), puts the fun in fashion.
It’s easy to make Rye your go-to label for work-friendly clothing thanks to pieces with geometric cuts and fuss-free designs.
Barely a year old, Source Collections might just be the #wokest local fashion label you’ll come across. It holds its ethics in high regard, with FSC certified paper-only packaging and of course, zero sweatshops involved. Consider investing in their high-quality, chic and comfortable basics that are without the hefty price of a designer price tag.
Sleek, sculptural and minimalist jewellery that are entirely handmade sets State Property‘s pieces apart.
Stolen brings “party in the back” to a whole new level: Its dresses and tops come with the most intriguing cut-out back designs.
The Missing Piece
Made for real women and their families, The Missing Piece tailors formal and casual modern cheongsams that are both stylish and chic.
The Wit And The Will
A combination of boho-chic and modern luxury, The Wit And The Will‘s signature kimonos, kaftans and separates are perfect for beach days or summer pool parties.
Beat the heat and humidity while looking stylish at the same time in pieces from Weekend Sundries, a garment and textile studio that uses comfortable and long-lasting fabrics.
Lace, embroidery and floral prints rendered in classic silhouettes – Whole9yards is a pro at a feminine-meets-cool.
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- carrie k
- choo yilin
- collate the label
- elohim by sabrina goh
- esse the label
- ethan k
- gin lee
- in good company
- joanne l
- k blu
- ling wu
- marilyn tan
- max tan
- naked and unbound
- singapore fashion brands
- state property