Try as they might to feign nonchalance about the whole Father’s Day affair, we know they’re keeping an eye out all the same. The independent and multi-label shops we’ve shortlisted have already done the work of curating beautiful handcrafted items worthy of Father’s day gifts so you only need waltz in and pick something in dad’s favorite colour. The door to dad’s heart just creaked open.
Well-crafted and thoughtfully designed leather bags
72 Smalldive snubs ostentatious luxury for well-crafted and thoughtful design. It’s no wonder then that the handmade deluxe leather bags and fashion accessories boast both sleek looks and functional details that will likely win over pops. We’ve got eyes for the wool felt satchels that are made of cashmere-wool felt and leather for its minimalistic exterior, durability (water and fire proof) and perfect size. The suede tassel slippers ooze elegance and the soles are designed for flexibility and comfort so dad can hit the walking trail in style.
Contemporary wares with clever design
#02-14 Wheelock Place, 504 Orchard Road, Singapore 238880 | Also available online.
Cumulus subscribes to the philosophy of ‘curated consumption’ – picking out contemporary wares that satisfy their penchant for clever design, craftsmanship and innovation. The space is a veritable man’s cave of dapper duds, limited edition bags, and covetable accessories that could make any man swear off malls altogether. Amongst the highly-curated labels tucked under Cumulus’s sleeves are indie labels Archival (USA), Bellroy (Australia), Cote et Ciel (France), Monofold (Korea) and Qwstion (Switzerland) along with local heroes Aide De Camp, Hypergrand and Fabrix. We think one of the classically gorgeous timepieces from Daniel Wellington TID Watches or Hypergrand could pique dad’s fancy.
Multi-label boutique with an old world charm
The dandy dads will want to tag along for this one. Fiftyfive is a multi-label boutique founded by the trifecta that is Kevin Seah Bespoke, footwear label Ed Et Al and multi-label shop Cumulus. Housed in a colonial shophouse along Boat Quay, Fiftyfive gives off a sense of old world charm with its subtle dim lighting, dark wood and steely furnishings – a modern-day gentleman’s salon if you will. It’s offerings are stellar too, with ready-to-wear and bespoke threads from K by Kevin Seah, handcrafted leather shoes from Ed Et Al and carry-on goods from brands like Mismo, Jack Spade and Masunaga eyewear courtesy of Cumulus.
For all things quirky, edgy and unconventional
Front Row is the shelter house for all things quirky, edgy and unconventional. Don’t be daunted though, the togs and accessories found here are progressive but essentially wearable. Get access to casual-chic threads and denim from French label A.P.C., smart understated styles from Christopher Lemaire, and the sharp tailoring of Japanese label Biro. Local brands such as In Good Company, Woods&Woods and Demisemiquaver get equal shelf space too. If all else fails, a classic shirt or striped sweater from A.P.C. can do no wrong in our eyes.
Singaporean menswear label, Hooked Clothings, designs vintage menswear that isn’t the least bit fuddy duddy. Encapsulating a fresh take on old classics, Hooked Clothings’ designs carry elements of the past into the present with denim, cotton and chambray elevated with tiger prints, camouflage and sharp-edged modern contrast. Expand dad’s shirt repertoire with shirts in classic cuts adorned with flannel checks, washed vintage floral and striped wallpaper patterns that are fancy yet fuss-free.
Fine selection of gentlemanly apparel
New location in June 2015.
If you’ve always felt that dad was a rare breed of gentleman then what better to spoil him with than a gift from Swagger? The lifestyle retail boutique carries a fine selection of ready-to-wear apparel and accessories, leather goods, vintage collectibles and grooming products for the discerning. Leather carry-on goods from Bonastre, Lotuff Leather and Wood and Faulk; sartorial goodness in the likes of Empire Union and Raleigh Denim as well as Swagger’s very own custom ready-to-wear label make good indicators of the type of heritage and craftsmanship that is honoured here.
Local brands that pay homage to craftmanship and design
Purveyors of the local artisan movement, Tyrwhitt General Company don’t just want you to purchase their products and call it a day. The independent store curates a lineup of largely local brands that pay homage to craftsmanship and the design and work and that shadows the product. Expect quality-crafted goods from Bellroy, Fabrix, Schwood, Oldman and Hygge. Throw a curve this Father’s Day and sign your man up for a leather crafting workshop where he’ll not just get to craft his own item but grow a new appreciation for design and handmade products.