Perhaps you’ve chanced upon a familiar albeit remade face while taking a stroll in the heart of Singapore’s civic district. Indeed, the much-loved Capitol Building is once more back in business! Fresh from a $750 million revamp, the Capitol development is set to reclaim its former glory as the “Grande Dame” of arts and culture in Singapore. But wait, there’s more.
Having undergone extensive renovation since 2010, the Capitol Building acclaimed as a luxury integrated development comprising the historic Capitol Theatre, luxury hotel, The Patina and upmarket retail mecca, the Capitol Piazza.
As you probably would have guessed by now, the Capitol Piazza is the meat of our concerns. The exquisite mall serves up a string of distinctive retail that steer clear of ubiquity, so you won’t be seeing any of the dreaded store repetitions that plague mainstream malls here. Now that your expectations have been sufficiently raised, here’s a quick look at the local brands you need to add to your shopping trip.
Dandy suitmaker for the discerning gentlemen
Benjamin Barker is getting its name entered into the male consciousness with eight stores in Singapore alone. Positioning itself as a lifestyle destination for the discerning gentleman, the dandy suitmaker offers up a great plethora of menswear options for any guy that needs smartening up. Spruce up your wardrobe instantly with its ready-to-wear collection of shirts, pants, blazers, ties, lapel pins, pocket squares and shoes. Think you’ll like to one-up your sartorial game? Give the custom-fitted suit a go.
Timeless and luxurious European brands
Luxury seekers are in for a treat thanks to the opening of Julie Nicole. The lavish multi-label boutique, presents a myriad of classy and timeless European brands like Manolo Blahnik, Le Silla, Serapian and Borbonese to the local market. Apart from a stunning portfolio of prominent labels, the design interior is apt for a calm shopping experience – think monochrome leather couches with chic white walls. Shopping is made easy thanks to its impressive open gallery where you can seamlessly scan through your top picks.
Cutting edge local and cult European brands
Making a first-time appearance on Singapore shores will be independent multi-label boutique, Manifesto. Helmed by French designer, Waalid Zaazaa, the progressive concept shop aims to introduce a wide range of cutting edge local and international labels alongside cult European brands like Costume National, Christophe Lemaire and Maison Kitsune. Look to this contemporary temple of cool to stay ahead of the fashion curve.
Multi-label accessory and jewellery boutique
Looking for a piece of gem or some wearable art that isn’t too heavy on the pocket? Well, look no further. The recently opened Mimento is the absolute accessory haven that carries a trove of pieces fit for every style – minimal cut silver/gold bands to chunky statement necklaces – the choices are endless. This multi-label accessory cum jewellery emporium carries international labels like GAS Bijoux, Les Néréides, Jet Set Candy, Lodis…the list goes on. We also envision visiting this place for some last minute gift shopping. Guilty as charged.
Singapore-based contemporary fashion label
From a humble rack space in a multi-label store to owning 4 standalone boutiques – and bragging stockists in New York, Washinton DC, Utah and Japan – SABRINAGOH has sure come a long way. The flagship store at Capitol Piazza is brimming with trend-setting contemporary fashion for both men and women including their celebrated ELOHIM and the recent LIGHT, fashion labels. Graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts, founder and designer Sabrina Goh draws inspiration from architectural form, sculpting strong yet sensuous silhouettes. The boutique also hosts various workshops for their guests.
A multi-label boutique for women, men and kids
The Reckless Shop homegrown label is a multi-label boutique that carries three in-house labels, Reckless Jersey and Still, and Reckless Ericka. You’ll have the liberty and absolute pleasure of choosing from functional, urban designs from Singapore made with luxe jersey (Reckless Jersey), sleek workwear outfits (Still) and off-beat pieces that cleverly balances the use of quirky silhouettes, colours and patterns for men and kids as well (Reckless Ericka). Need we say more?
Luxurious fragrances with delicate to intoxicating scents
Scent can be one the greatest ways to uplift your living and working environment. To Be Calm’s luxurious blend of fragrances help create the perfect atmosphere of positivity and calm, giving your mind the balance it needs for stimulation and rest. Ranging from the delicate to the intoxicating, scented candles, diffusers and natural scented oils can be bought in delicious-sounding concoctions such as Fresh Fig and Vanilla, Ginger White and Lemongrass and Citrus and Spice. Each candle even comes with a specially selected quote, making it that much easier to match your friends and loved ones to one of To Be Calm’s unique fragrances.
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