The Monocle Shop and Cafe
With an urban village feel paired with laidback downtown vibes, it’s no wonder Holland Village has been quickly gaining recognition as Singapore’s bohemian enclave. Maybe it is the quaint shop houses at Chip Bee Gardens or the unpretentious vibes its two malls offer – this enclave attracts everyone from expatriates to the young crowd.
Though Holland Village is popularly known as a dining destination equipped with swanky restaurants, late-night bars and lively pubs, a small maze of charming boutiques, art, handicrafts, homewares local designer shops makes shopping in Holland Village a true gem.
True artisanal excellence
Much like its family-run business formerly known as Goy Liang Book-Making Company, Bynd Artisan continues its production of bookbinding with the advent of technology. Notebooks, stationery and accessories are created using FSC certified paper from forests that are environmentally harmonious and social beneficial as well as Europe-sourced leather that uses process-controlled machines and practices eco-friendly methods. Bynd Artisan also hosts bookbinding, handcrafting, modern calligraphy and monogram painting workshops for hobbyists and aspiring craftsmen.
A fine curation of gifts, home accessories and jewellery
Treat yourselves to a bevy of handpicked gifts, home accessories and jewellery selections at Kai Life. This gem of a boutique carries unique pieces that are both stylish and distinct – with items starting from under $50. One of the highlights at this boutique includes pieces from the multi-label jewellery store, Embrace Jewellery. Handcrafted in sterling silver with gold or rose gold accents, and featuring natural gemstones, the brand boasts of some of the best designers around the world and has been worn by A-list celebrities like Beyonce, Reese Witherspoon and Katy Perry.
Niché lifestyle and magazine brand makes its way to Singapore
If you adore lifestyle and magazine brand Monocle, you’d probably already know this niche brand has made its way to Singapore shores. Located at hipster enclave Chip Bee Gardens, and taking over a quaint 2-storey colonial shophouse, The Monocle Shop and Café offers a full range of merchandise, including bags, clothing, accessories and the latest issue of the magazine. If prices are too steep, simply grab a cuppa of Allpress coffee from New Zealand and people-watch in the garden space outside if the weather permits.
Blending traditional techniques into modern wardrobes
A proud advocate for the local fashion scene, Ong Shunmugam and its founder/designer, Priscilla Shunmugam has received numerous accolades locally and internationally for weaving traditional textile techniques, colours and silhouettes into modern wardrobes, while disregarding stereotypes and caricatures. Stellar examples include a modern take on the traditional Cheongsam in its Chinese New Year 2017 collection and a debut Hari Raya collection. Customised pieces for bridal and eveningwear are also available upon request – just make an appointment online and head down to its flagship store.
Modern Chinese ceramics
Spin was formed with the intention of reviving the state of Chinese porcelain design. The minds behind Spin wanted to marry the rich production heritage of Jingdezhen, China (the porcelain capital of the world) with its own unique design. The result is a collection of simple and elegant home accessories and tableware for minimalists. Spin now has nine locations around the world – including China, USA and Singapore.
Thambi Magazine Store
A true Holland V institution, Thambi Magazine Store has been around for over 20 years. Do not be deceived by the unassuming storefront – what it lacks in its aesthetic, it makes up for in its stellar curation of every magazine imaginable. From hard-to-find publications, foreign languages to specialist magazines from Australia, UK and US – name any magazine you want and Thambi Magazine Store probably has it tucked in one of its magazine racks.