A mere stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore’s Chinatown lie the quaint and historical streets surrounding Ann Siang Hill and Telok Ayer. This area was the site of Chia Ann Siang’s estate (1832–1892), a Malacca-born Hokkien Chinese sawmiller who purchased the area after becoming a leading merchant of his time.
Many now know Telok Ayer for its elegantly restored shophouses filled with hip cafes, bars and restaurants, but fashionistas are also making their presence known in this lively hotspot.
Shopping-wise, expect to spend hours strolling through Ann Siang Road, Club Street, Amoy Street, Gemmill Lane, Cross Street, Erskine Road and Telok Ayer Street and discovering the many stylish stores. There seems to be a new fashion boutique on the scene every time we visit this gorgeous neighbourhood.
Here is our guide to shopping in Telok Ayer, showcasing some of the most well-known independent boutiques in Singapore.
Sophisticated bespoke menswear
89 Club Street, 2nd Floor, Singapore 069457. By appointment only.
Featuring prim, yet stylish menswear, Aston Blake is all about individualism, and prides itself on offering bespoke and made-to-measure jackets, shirts and pants for the sophisticated gentleman. Of course, they also do offer a collection of ready-to-wear pieces, but it’s best you take full advantage of the store’s in-house stylists and top-notch craftsmen for pieces made just for you.
Bouquets, floral arrangements and homewares
A whimsical garden retreat set in the heart of the city, By The Branch promises to brighten the scene with flowers for any occasion. Not just your typical florist, By the Branch also carries beautiful home ornaments and accessories to fully transform your space. Need a pretty porcelain tea set to go with your English roses or a painted birdcage to hold your floral arrangements? Get all these and more here.
De Walk-In Wardrobe
One-of-a-kind fashion boutique
If stepping into the thresholds of a place called the The Scarlet Hotel doesn’t send you into excitement, perhaps a look around this one-of-a-kind boutique will. It’s obvious where its name is from; the store is simply heaving with posh-looking shoes, clothes, jewellery and the like! The men’s collection isn’t too shabby either, with a decent haul of shirts and accessories for the picking. Shop to your hearts content, with goods that are unique, stylish and easy on the pocket.
Quirky lifestyle concept store
EggThree is a lifestyle concept store filled with a carefully curated selection of furniture, home accessories, fashion apparel and accessories from all over the world. This petite concept store is the perfect destination for a special gift or when you are looking for unique home decor and accessories to add life to your home.
Exclusive mens fashion atelier
#02-01, 18 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069698. By appointment only.
Men of distinguished tastes will find their match at Finespun Clothiers. This exclusive men’s fashion atelier offers bespoke tailoring services, ready-to-wear accessories and customizable leather shoes. Premier fabrics and accessories such as ties, cufflinks and buttons are carefully sourced from around the globe, landing on a style that caters perfectly to classic and modern European tastes.
Diverse and eclectic offerings
Popular multi-label boutique Eclecticism is known for its diverse and eclectic product offering. So… it’s unsurprising that Lauren Jasmine, a fashion label from the team behind Eclecticism, embodies a similar style. Local designers Hazel Chang and Liyana Johan take inspiration from how they imagine Chang’s seven-year-old niece’s style will be in 20 years: creative, confident and independent. Expect bold and expressive pieces that twirl between vintage and modern.
Indie multi-label boutique
Club Street is known as a hipster hangout, which makes it the perfect place for MYthology. Targeted at the sophisticated, well-travelled woman with discerning tastes, this beautifully presented multi-label boutique offers a myriad of indie labels from all over Asia. MYthology ‘s luxury pieces have been featured in URBAN, Prestige Magazine, Affluent Magazine and many other media outlets.
Distinct home furnishings
Starting out as the home business of French designer Zoe Borie, Rose Citron French Design has since grown into a standout boutique that offers home furnishings, women’s fashion, jewellery, and some gorgeous toys and children’s clothing. Borie merges her European heritage with Asian influences for a distinct style made up of wonderfully creative patterns, colours and designs unlike any other. Rose Citron also offers customisation services for its soft furnishings and fashion accessories, as well as re-upholstery services for your existing furniture pieces.
Bespoke tailoring with hand stitched detail
With a passion for sartorial menswear, Son of a Gan set out to go beyond quality stitching and suits and in turn, has created a well-presented bespoke tailoring service at the heart of Ann Siang Hill. If a well cut suit is on your agenda, you’re in luck. Son of a Gan offers lasting, hand canvassed suits made from your choice of fine fabrics, including ones acquired from renowned fabric companies such as Vitale Barbaris Canonico, Holland and Sherry and Ariston. Offering all a dapper gent would want from head to toe, these guys are in high demand. We highly suggest you make an appointment before heading down.
Quality mens footwear
The Blind Cobbler stocks a choice of over 40 men’s shoe designs, from respectable footwear brands such as Grenson, Hudson and SWEAR. Taking up 3 floors in a shophouse along the happening Club Street strip, the store is one of the only boutiques dedicated to men’s footwear in Singapore. Step up your shoe game with gentlemanly and refined leather lace up brogues, boots, loafers and sneaker-hybrids that will add polish to any look.
Globally sourced cult brands
Willow & Huxley has quickly become somewhat of a mecca to fashionistas in Singapore. Offering the latest collections from a range of cult and emerging labels, this contemporary boutique showcases the best in fashion and jewellery sourced from around the globe. A must-see for any stylish fashion seeker.
Shopping in Telok Ayer
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer Station