Nicolette Yip is never resting. As we’re writing this, the co-founder and designer of Singapore fashion brand The Salvages is in the midst of launching an online-exclusive holiday capsule, as well as working on the label’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection. The latter is titled Sublime and is inspired by ’90s rave movement and is centred on having a good time in a post-pandemic era.
When she’s not busy with the label, Yip is behind the DJ deck with her friends at Phuture and for gigs, such as the recent Club21 50th anniversary party or the Coldcuts Vol. 1 night earlier this month, which was held at an ice factory. Some days, she even spins overseas in Roka Fella, a contemporary omakase restaurant co-founded by her partner Earn Chen, that is situated in the vibrant District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) a.k.a Saigon.
“There is a unique vibrancy in Ho Chi Minh City – both chaos and calm work in constant harmony,” says Yip who pops into the southern Vietnamese city frequently. “The city just has a great sense of liveliness to it that I love so much.” Ahead, she shares some of the best spots around town.