We interrupt your everyday routine to bring you some celebratory news. Singapore-based womenswear label, Attaby will be hosting a collaborative pop-up throughout the month of May (7th May – 4th June 2016) and it’s going to be one hell of a retail therapy party. Bringing on a strong independent lineup, The Attaby Collective aims to unite an intimate gathering of design-centric businesses to deliver a punchy alternative to mainstream retail. These include homegrown Singapore brands such as Attaby and Maison by Amanda Dyer and multi-label outfits such as Maissone and Madie Moo that curate a niche selection of international indie labels.
Founder and Creative Director of Attaby, Claire Chahill is the brains behind this new venture. “Having run my own standalone pop-up events, I wanted to share this success and my audience with likeminded, design-focused independents that really have something excellent to share,” she says.
Collectively, they present a quintessentially indie-minded approach to retail, where shoppers can meet with designers and retailers and spark conversations about their work. The excitement of a pop-up coupled with the intimate setting of a boutique concept provides a unique shopping experience fuelled by a warm-hearted sense of community. The pop-up’s location on Haji lane also sets it snug in the belly of Singapore’s arts and cultural enclave — the perfect spot from which to enjoy a few pleasure-filled hours of shopping.
Armed with over 10 years in global retail experience within megalithic luxury corporations, fashion and retail is one of the areas in which Claire appears to be possessed of the Midas touch.
“I am passionate about pairing people with brands that make them happy to shop and embellish their lives. I also love to work with brands and designers who go the extra mile to ensure their sourcing is fair and partner well with producers,” says Claire.
With labels such as Maissone, Frankitas, Cote and Badt and Maison by Amanda Dyer, expect to shop a curated selection of threads, accessories and home goods that ease and accentuate life in the tropics. “Everything has been chosen to compliment the demands and needs of the tropical climate that will also inject a sense of style to what we wear and choose to surround ourselves with,” says Claire. And to show you just what we mean by a one-stop shopping experience, we’ve picked out just some of the many choice pieces you’ll find at the pop-up. To be sure, homemakers, tourists, corporates and eco warriors alike will find something to delight over at The Attaby Collective.
Mesh Panel Jersey Shift | Attaby
Sabeena Clutch | Frankitas
Lotus 5 | Cote + Badt
Coco & Ginger Daphnee Dress | Madie Moo
Medina Hurricane Votive | Maissone
Mermaid Stardust Part II | Floral Kokoro
Chevron Spa Silk Fouta in fuchsia | Bo-Ya Creation
The Pop Up has closed, however TheAc can be permanently found at:
420 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427641
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Art doesn’t have to be highbrow… the Affordable Art Fair Singapore (22-24 April 2016) offers a friendly and fun-filled art experience for everyone from the novice buyer to the seasoned collector.
Returning for its seventh year, Affordable Art Fair Singapore stands out for its unique disposition as a highly accessible art fair, offering contemporary artwork priced between S$100 to S$10,000, with 75 per cent of art works priced below $7,500.
Art fairs are gaining popularity with new and experienced art-buyers worldwide for their wide selection and diverse classification of artworks offered within a single location. The Affordable Art Fair Spring Edition sets such an example with over 40 new and returning galleries across four continents showcasing an amazing range of contemporary works, from prints and paintings to sculpture and photography.
Bringing art closer to the people, Affordable Art Fair opens the art market to a wider audience through a series of education and grassroots initiatives. These include public art installations, educational and hands-on workshops, art tours and other features powered by charity partners and the Affordable Art Fair team.
A much-anticipated fixture of the fair, the Charity Feature Wall will feature 40 multi media works by selected artists in support of the Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund. Titled ‘Let Art Speak’, all of the featured art works are priced at S$500, the proceeds of which are shared evenly between the artists and the Woodbridge Hospital Charity Fund.
Fuel up on creative inspiration with the fair’s Art Education lineup, which includes a plethora of interactive workshops and art tours which expose fairgoers to a range of art disciplines, from silkscreen printing to professional art-buying. Meanwhile, the Children’s Art Studio, hosted by Little Artists Art Studio will keep the little ones engaged with a series of immersive fine art workshops covering topics such as printmaking, painting and charcoal drawing.
For the Instagram-obssessed crowd, there’s the added draw of ‘The Great Egg-Venture’, a public art installation that’s also a cleverly designed treasure hunt for 60 giant hand-painted eggs. Held from 10 March to 17 April, 25 artists were selected via AAF’s open call to design individual eggs depicting their vision for Singapore’s future. Each egg discovery could lead to a prize, so you’d best get (ahem) cracking!
SHOP THE STORY
Friday, April 22, 2016 | 12 – 6pm
Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 11am – 8pm
Sunday, April 24, 2016 | 11am – 6pm
Where: F1 Pit Building, No.1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
Admission: S$15 for early bird tickets & S$18 at the door. Concession tickets are priced at S$10. Children under 16 years obtain free entry.
Payment method: VISA, Mastercard, AMEX & NETS
Ready to get those motors running? Boutiques at the Pit Building is coming your way in March! The hit boutique shopping event ramps things up with a huge lineup of 150 local designers and retailers to immerse you in a whirlwind of shopping and revelry.
As the shopping extravaganza that always outdoes itself, every upcoming edition is a promise of great things to come. The Spring Edition of Boutiques certainly holds up on that front. Held over the weekend of 11 and 12 March, the Spring Edition of Boutiques will present a riveting spread of fresh, new and bold inspirations for Spring and Summer 2016. Get an exclusive first look at vendors’ new Spring designs and collections and check out the new crop of independent brands that will be making their debut at the fair.
It’s been 14 years since Boutiques at the Pit Building blessed Singapore’s shores with a spectrum-defying payload of independent brands and designers. Over time, Boutiques has established itself as a fashionable destination for shoppers to discover both popular and emerging names in fashion and design.
Excited to see what’s in store? Here’s our quick sweep of the brands and designers making their first appearance at Boutiques at the Pit Building!
WOMEN’S FASHION & ACCESSORIES
A strong voice in the Singapore design scene, Carrie K. designs playfully provocative artisanal jewellery aimed to surprise and delight.
Do like the effortlessly chic ladies and gents of the Spanish Riviera and swap your sandals for an elegant pair of espadrilles.
Romantic and rebellious, Kalaia spins high quality, understated and sophisticated bohemian fashion and accessories that are versatile enough to wear from dawn to dusk.
A portrait of timeless elegance and simplicity, Lespard showcases a dualistic collection of daytime basics and evening separates.
Working with skilled craftsmen from Cebu, Philippines, WoonHung creates elegant modern jewellery with a unique and timeless quality.
CHILDREN’S FASHION & DECOR
Beau shows off a design-led range of single beds, sleeping bags and bedding for juniors.
Watch for a fresh drop of European-inspired contemporary furniture, décor, rugs, paper sculptures for kids’ rooms.
Bundle the kids up in joy — Maison Q presents cuteness overload with their fun range of reversible dresses, shirts, headbands and cheongsams.
Form and function find accord in Minejima & Co.’s amazing collection of durable, and environmentally responsible toys and playthings.
Look ma, no laces! Nail a casual, effortless look with The Saga Seed’s specially sourced range of naturally made children’s shoes from Spain.
Outdoor specialist White + Black Trading will be launching a new collection of bags by Smateria, a fair-trade Cambodian workshop that utilizes only recycled and repurposed materials.
HOME & LIFESTYLE
Interior design personality and stylist extraordinaire, Hong Henwood, will be present with a selection of outdoor rugs, plant stands and other home accessories.
New year, new look? Power up your home décor with Artomobile’s stash of retro original and classic car paintings.
Cosy is the operative word at Bohemian, which dishes up homely comforts in the form of seagrass and bamboo baskets, block printed clothes and more.
Porcelain Flowers by Earth Tay Siew Cheng
Renowned local ceramic artist, Tay Siew Cheng will unveil her handmade one of-a-kind porcelain flowers.
When: Friday, Mar 11, 2016 | 9am – 8pm & Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 | 9am – 6pm
Where: F1 Pit Building, No. 1 Republic Boulevard, #02-01, #02-02 and #02-03, Singapore 038975
Payment method: Cash, VISA, Mastercard, AMEX & NETS
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Brace yourselves shopaholics! Singapore’s longest-running boutique shopping event – Boutique Fairs Singapore is back! There’ll be over 120 vendors, each bringing their own unique wares to the table. Already a fixture in Singapore’s shopping calendar, the two-day shopping extravaganza will be held on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November 2015 and will play host to a slew of stylish and socially conscious brands. The emphasis this year will be on design-led and socially responsible businesses, so shoppers can expect a variety of ethically produced goods that aren’t just well meaning but are totally lust-worthy to boot!
Now in its fourteenth year, Boutique Fairs Singapore will boast an irresistible mix of women’s and men’s fashion and accessories, home and décor, children’s apparel, toys and more! Over 85% of vendors at this edition of Boutiques Singapore endorse socially responsible practices and that’s all the assurance we need to get our shopping adrenalines pumping.
Many of the vendors will be displaying their wares in a ‘boutique’ setting – complete with unique shelving, ambient lighting and even plush seating! An affordable selection of fine wine by Drink! is also available for purchase, while coffee by Workspace Espresso Bar will be available on a donation basis. If that doesn’t get you warmed up, there are also mani sessions by The Nail Social, delish meals prepared by Cedeke Bakery Cafe and interior design workshops and talks to keep you busy at the central lounge area.
To get you acquainted with all that the fair has to offer, we’ve singled out some of the brands making their debut at Boutiques Singapore. Also on our radar are a few familiar faces that will be launching brand new collections. Find out which ones you need to add to your shopping list or better yet, your Christmas wish list!
More of a visual creature perhaps? Scroll down to see our image gallery from the last event.
Women’s Fashion and Accessories
Woven from the finest cashmere yarn, Ayesha’s handcrafted cashmere scarves, stoles and shawls are the epitome of contemporary luxury and comfort.
As the platform that launched independent jewellery labels such as Zaarin and EVOCATEUR, Curator’s Den will be presenting a new haul of goodies including aromatherapeutic bath and body brand – Not Soap Radio.
Inspired by antique pieces collected over the years, Darsala’s delicately crafted jewellery each reflect a story. It will be launching a new collection of clutches and bags that blend uniquely Asian materials with a European sensibility.
Creatively accented with the intrinsic beauty and romance of natural stones, Killari pieces are a series of delicate yet distinctive wearable objet d’art. It will be premiering a new collection for women – and one dedicated to the men!
Maria Xuan combines the timeless elegance of horn with lacquer, gold, silver, brass, jade or semi- precious stones to create her signature sautoir necklaces and jewellery.
Bali-based lifestyle store, SOUQ brims with an eclectic selection of fashion, furniture and homewares with craftsmanship at its heart.
Men’s Fashion and Accessories
Vanda Fine Clothing’s hand sewn neckties and pocket squares bear a visible mark of distinction – meticulously hand-rolled edges and the highest quality materials.
BABIES & CHILDREN
Baby Style Icon
A rare commodity in the kawaii-obsessed kidswear industry, Baby Style Icon features a mix of cool handpicked labels for stylish tots aged 6 and under.
Domestic Objects specialises in beautifully handmade teepees, play tents, and accessories for children that promote creative and imaginative play.
Fun and summer-ready fashion, accessories and décor from Coco and Ginger, Kidsagogo, and ‘lil Fairy that will make your eyes sparkle.
Appointing lamps as a canvas for creativity, Lampelier specialises in handcrafted bespoke lampshades and accessories dipped in prints and colour.
Let’s Stay In is a purveyor of beautifully designed and carefully considered objects that invigorate and uplift the home.
When: Friday & Saturday, Nov 6 & 7, 2015 | 9am – 6pm
Where: F1 Pit Building, No. 1 Republic Boulevard, #02-01 and #02-02, Singapore 038975
Payment method: Cash, all major credit cards & NETS
Admission: Free with optional donation at the door. 100% of proceeds from admission will go towards a local charity.
Retail therapy solves many problems, that we know, but what if buying that dress you have your eye on could actually contribute to helping women all over the world lead independent, empowered lives? Fork out generously and score a ton of goodies at prices that are hard to beat. Win-win right? Well, we’ve got news for you fashionistas: Glamorous Giving, the fashion accessories and homewares clearance sale organised by jewellery brand Stones that Rock, is back for the fourth time.
This won’t be your run-of-the-mill charity bazaar. The sale will include over 30 independent local brands, designers and retailers who will be releasing their stock at clearance prices in support of the Singapore Committee for UN Women. Grab hold of quality pieces at amazing prices, including end of line, end of season and even limited edition sample pieces. Prices have been kept criminally low, with discounts of up to 70% off and prices starting as low as $5.
March yourself down to the Hollandse Club for a casual shopping affair or have a friendly tete-a-tete with a designer you always wanted to meet. Fawn over the beautiful homewares from Shiva Designs Bespoke, Maissone and Hola Linda or marvel at the artistically designed scarves from Mad About Hue. There’s also natural gemstone jewellery from Stones That Rock, stylish kids wear from Little Friends by Lamasso and frivolous fashion from Triologie to busy yourselves with.
Check out the complete list of participating brands at this edition of Glamorous Giving, which includes Amabilis, Baliza Shop, Bisous La, Bode Fabrics & Furnishings, Cape Breeze, Cheeky Egg, Coral Secret, Desti Saint Handbags, Dora Lincoln, Dragonfly Lifestyle, DS Cosmetics, Madie Moo, Pip Studio, RIA Menorca Shoes, The Cinnamon Room, The Wit And The Will and Whistling Teal. For an idea of what to expect, scroll down to view pictures from the last Glamorous Giving event.
Representatives from the Singapore Committee for UN Women will be on hand to discuss their work and the benefits of membership. And of course, we’ll be there to dish out shopping tips to many of-the-moment shopping destinations. We’ll also be hosting a very special giveaway so be sure to look us up!
When: Tuesday, 1 September, 6-9pm & Wednesday, 2 September, 10am-4pm
Where: Hollandse Club, 22 Camden Park (off Adam Rd), Singapore 299814.
Looking for your big break in the fashion industry? The search is on for Asia’s next wave of emerging designers. Back for its third year, the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award is a regional competition that seeks to uncover fresh talent from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
In May this year, Silvia Teh showcased her winning collection at Singapore Fashion Week to a 700–strong audience and walked away with a scholarship for a master’s programme in Fashion and Luxury Brand Management at the internationally renowned Istituto Marangoni, along with a S$10,000 sponsorship from Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore.
This year’s winner will enjoy even sweeter rewards, including a sponsorship for a Master’s Degree in Fashion and Luxury Brand Management at Istituto Marangoni in London or Milan (worth GBP26,700), while the first and second runner-ups will receive a 3-week long crash course in either Accessories Design in Milan, Fashion Business in Paris or Fashion Styling in London. They’ve even thrown in a 5D4N/3D2N stay at the luxurious Alila Seminyak, Bali for the winner and second-runner up respectively.
Contestants will also get the opportunity to be mentored by notable names in the fashion industry such as Editor-in-Chief, Kenneth Goh and Senior Fashion Editor, Windy Aulia of Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore, Singapore designer, Thomas Wee, Founder of online e-tailer Inverted Edge, Debra Langley and Creative Director of Braun Büffel, Damiano Bella.
Think this sounds like your golden ticket? The closing date for submissions is 6 November 2015. Head to the contest’s main page to find out more.