You’ve heard of Raffles Hotel, arguably Singapore’s most famous hotel, known for its beautiful colonial architecture and colourful history dating back to 1887. In the same building resides Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade that boasts great boutique brands.
Whether you’re looking for bespoke tailors or luxury independent designers, the shopping arcade will definitely not disappoint. In any case, the fine architecture certainly adds to the rich experience of shopping at the Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade.
Singapore’s most established bespoke tailor
Touted as Singapore’s oldest and most established bespoke tailor, CYC Custom Shop was the first to offer custom-tailored shirts in Singapore back in 1935. Founded by Chiang Yick Ching and his wife, the shop has served important figures in Singapore, including Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, and his son, current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. With over 70 years of tailoring experience under it’s belt and a stunning repertoire of different fabrics to choose from, there’s no reason to delve into yet another futile search for a worthy bespoke tailor.
Traditional elegant qipaos
Anyone into the local fashion scene would recognise Lai Chan’s name. His quintessential qipao designs have given him a reputation for refined sensibilities and great quality. The fashion and costume designer’s penchant for theatrical forms and free-flowing elegance ensures that his designs are resilient in the face of modern change. If there were only one place to purchase the traditional figure-hugging Chinese attire, this is it.
A range of alternative brands for him and her
The new kid on the block is an elaborate 1,200 square feet multi-label boutique. L’armoire is apt for the affluent, style-focused man and woman – equipped with a range of alternative brands like Moon Young Hee, Alessandra Marchi, Rick Owens, Uma Wang and much more across Europe and Asia. Its apparel, fashion accessories and shoes lean towards an avant-garde vibe – perfect for trendsetters and style-makers.
Understated chic apparel
At Surrender, you’ll find a collection of menswear and womenswear that melds edgy with an understated chic. However, buffering its predominantly monochrome style is a range of apparel as well as bags, accessories and shoes from the upper crust of indie fashion. Fans of the pared back urban minimalist aesthetic will be pleased to find popular clothing labels like Neighbourhood, Undercover, Uniform Experiments and Head Porter at this one-stop shop.
Guide to Shopping in Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade
Opening times: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 8pm, Sun: 12pm – 5pm. Each store may vary.
Parking: Coupon parking. Raffles Hotel and Raffles Hospital carpark
Nearest MRT: City Hall