As avid shoppers, we can’t help but squeal with delight at the sight of some hot shopping news: store openings of emerging and veteran designers, enticing collaborations between our favourite brands, and fresh collections for the coming season. This month, we hone in on what’s brewing in the local shopping scene.
Here’s what we sniffed out – new collection launches, exciting store openings and even a new pop-up store to add to your shopping trips. These are the 6 new brands you need to know right now. Shop away, Travelshopas!
50% of selected kidswear and home décor
End your Chinese New Year shopping at Cuckoo’s fantastic clearance sale. From now till 21st February, this kid’s lifestyle store will feature slashed prices of selected cushions, lights, baskets, apparel, accessories, toys and other goodies. Head on down to Cuckoo to snap up some irresistible bargains!
A series of new kids’ Home Décor collections from Europe
The kids’ lifestyle retailer welcomes an elite assortment of kids’ furnishings and décor from French, Swedish and Dutch brands. Inspired by nature, wild animals and whatnots, the kids will be spoilt with adorable Rabbits Dolls, snuggle-worthy cushions and wall hanging with highly creative graphics by Indian Panda by Minimel and quirky animal wall stickers by Groovy Magnets. The new products are currently available in-store – and will be officially introduced at Boutiques at The Pit Building.
Launch of SS2016 Binary Code Collection
Following its launch of its new boutique at the lavish Capitol Piazza, Elohim launches an elite collection inspired by the Binary Code. Deriving artistry from the absolute, the collection experiments with structure and twists, utilizing textiles from Asia – from 100% Japanese cotton featuring polka dots and checks to hand-woven Thai silk pattern textiles. The pieces are an extend of Elohim’s signature style – retaining its edgy choices of symmetrical, asymmetrical, androgenic and minimalist looks.
Bohemian fashion for the modern woman
Stocked at MYthology, 88 Club Street, Singapore 069456 | Also available online.
Crafted for the free spirited soul, Kalaia offers Bohemian inspired resort wear. Coco Mercy C, the creative muscle behind the women’s fashion label, encapsulates the nuances of various art forms and cultures through her travels and study of art into her take of modern bohemianism. The result is a mix of flowy maxi dresses, kaftans, palazzo trousers, and kimono capes – its Pocahontas meets the modern woman on a holiday. If you like to go hard on the accessories, a range of beaded earrings, scarves, body and head chains and beaded pouches are also available at Kalaia.
Carrie K. pop-up atelier at Kapok
#01-05 National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road Singapore 188969 | From 22nd January – 22nd February 2016
In conjunction with its 10th anniversary in Hong Kong, indie designer showcase, Kapok partners with homegrown jewellery artisan Carrie K for a special pop-up store and an exciting collection. Inspired by the traditional window hook that keeps windows open, the collection features rose and yellow gold plated rings, and hand-branded leather bracelets embellished with a cuff. The cuffs are available in natural, blue, brown and black and come in rose gold, silver and yellow gold finishings. Though a modest concept, the idea of the collaboration evokes food for thought – the cuffs (window hook) are reflective of Kapok’s philosophy to continue introducing fresh, new designers into the scene.
Maison Thomas Wee
Veteran designer opens a new boutique at Mandarin Gallery
Legendary Singapore designer Thomas Wee comes back with a bang with a new boutique in Mandarin Gallery. Attaining a 700 sq. ft space, Maison Thomas Wee features what the 67-year-old designer does best – voguish women’s fashion with a strong emphasis on cuts, details and tailoring. As you enter the boutique, you will be welcomed by pieces from his latest collections – displayed as if they’d just come out of the runway. Oh, and be sure to keep a lookout for his exquisite fashion sketches exhibited round the boutique.
Opens a new outlet at Esplanade
A minute into this humble gallery shop and you’ll see how the store places a heavy focus on design on each item. Supermama spots everything from pretty trinkets to decorative home décor, accessories and more. The designs are heavily inspired by Singapore’s rich culture and are manufactured in Japan – think koi tabi socks, merlion fridge magnets, the famous dragon playground doorstops (pictured below) and ceramics featuring graphics of Singaporean icons. Following its flagship store at the Singapore Art Museum, the outlet at esplanade also offers its eccentric home décor items and ceramic ware. For all things local and quirky, head on down to Supermama.