Karen Adie, Convict Bags

1. What is a convict? I’m referring to those who were convicted for crimes by the British government and, to alleviate overcrowding in British prisons, were transported to Australia penal colonies as a labour source. I believe they’ve helped shape our national identity and indeed, much has been written about this by writers and historians. I can’t imagine the hardship they faced, and I’m fascinated by the stories of what happened to them after they arrived here – whether it’s good, bad or indifferent I love retelling them. Around one in seven Australians are descended from a Convict, as am I, we’ve long ago lost the stigma and recognise the contribution they made.

Tran Phuong, Phuong My

Phuong My’s creative talents are expressed both through her work as the Chief Designer for the PHUONG MY brand and also production and styling projects for key fashion magazines such as ELLE, HARPER’S BAZAAR and VOGUE. Determined to produce only the truly exceptional, the young designer is looking to expand her vision to the global fashion scene.

Guide to Shopping in Moss Vale

Image: Suzie Anderson Home Hand picked and hand dyed yarns for weaving and knitting Your go-to spot for contemporary art, crafts and supplies, Green Bridge Studios is best for those who are looking to traditional techniques in craft with contemporary materials and...

Harriet Goodall

All image by Kara Rosenlund supplied by Harriet Goodall You grew up in Young and were schooled in Sydney. What happened thereafter and how did you move to the Southern Highlands? I dived into my Communications degree straight out of school then worked for years in...

A Taste of the Autumn Affordable Art Fair

Yeo Shih Yun Altitude, 2008 Acrylic and ink on paper 59 x 42 cm $1,800 Me Hye Choi Wait for the wind, 2010 Oil on canvas 91 x 65.2 cm $2,620 Michael Kenna Lake Bridge, Hongkun, Anhui, China, 2008 Silver Gelatin Print ed of 45 8 x 8 cm $3500 JeonYong Hwan Transforming...

Shopping in Bowral

Southern Highlands’s Bowral may be a small town these 8 homewares, furniture and multi-label shops prove that shopping in Bowral is far from scarce.

The Ethiopian Collections, Marilyn Tan

The ancient civilisation of Ethiopia is probably not high on many bucket lists, but it was certainly on the list of award-winning jewellery designer Marilyn Tan. Marilyn has always had an unquenchable thirst for unique travel and was curious as to why Ethiopia was the...

Boutiques at the Pit Building Gifting Guide

This gift-centric November edition will span three days — from 10-12 November (Friday-Sunday) — giving shoppers more time to shop over 200 labels on levels 2 and 3 of the building. Boutiques Edit on level 3 is an expanded space focusing on Singapore design, while...

Kaitie Manani, The Slow Mode

Kaitie Manani should be no stranger to a fashion enthusiast. She is the founder of vamastyle, a hugely successful all-year-round swim and resort wear label. However, after 7 years of building the business, she was left feeling "so overburdened and stuck in a stressed...

Anna van der Gardner, The Design Barn

Bronte House, Bronte, NSW Images supplied by Anna van der Gardner Since it was first built by Robert and Georgiana Lowe in 1845, Bronte House has seen multiple residents and owners. Since 2015 the van der Gardner family has been residing in the two acre property in...

Glamorous Giving’s Style Report

Image: Aquariva Celebrate Australian fashion no matter your vibe: perennial holiday luxury, urban chic, business as usual or indie trendsetter. The latest curated collections from the likes of The Well Dressed Society (pictured) and The Wyld Shop will cater to all...

Imby Langenbach, KARMME

Take a peek inside the life of Sydney-based designer, Imby Langenbach as she shares tidbits about herself and the design process behind her bag brand KARMME.

Stefanie Hauger, Vanilla Home

Logan Komorowski, Co-Founder of furniture brand UNITED STRANGERS, talks about creating recycled furniture and his latest stockist at Journey East, Singapore.

Hollywood’s Private Eye, Sid Avery

Oceans Eleven Cast, 1960 Sammy Davis Jr with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop Dean Martin and his Facel Vega HK500 in the driveway of his Beverly Hills home on Mountain Drive, 1961 Elizabeth Taylor sunning herself while on location in Marfa...

Raffles Hotel Singapore Restoration

Since first opening its doors in 1887, Raffles Hotel Singapore has become an icon that epitomises the romance of the Far East – an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and colonial design. Named after Stanford Raffles the founder of modern Singapore and the East...

GINLEE Studio on Singapore

When you think of Singapore, what comes to mind? A melting pot of cultures, a safe city, a small city with lofty dreams. What are your top tips when travelling to Singapore? Singapore is often referred to as the dining capital of Asia and it offers a wide array of...

Renee Lodens on Melbourne

Melbourne is... An electrifying city. It's not the number one Australian destination for travellers, but it should definitely be on all travellers' itineraries. It's full of beautiful architecture, culture & the arts, amazing food, and great shopping. What drew...

Bags in Sydney

From authentic leather to washable paper, personalised monograms to vibrant colour palettes, these bags in Sydney prove that one bag is never enough.

Shopping in Mosman

Uncover a mix of sophisticated multi-concept shops selling everything from luxury activewear to contemporary furniture in this guide to shopping in Mosman.

Judith Treanor, Temples and Markets

Sydney-based entrepreneur Judith Treanor transports you to South-East Asia through a specially curated mix of artisan-made fashion accessories and homewares from her online-curated store, Temples and Markets.

Shopping in Armadale

Can’t decide where to shop in Melbourne? High Street has the best shopping in Armadale, packed with designer threads & local gems. Here are 8 top boutiques.

Cassey Gan

Discover how KL- based fashion designer Cassey Gan led her eponymous label to the global market in this fun and engaging interview.

Fine Jewellery in Sydney

From semi-precious stones to alluring silver and gold jewellery, here are some noteworthy local brands in this guide to fine jewellery in Sydney.

Alverina Wijaya, Chainless Brain

Meet ALVERINA WIJAYA, the designer behind Singapore-based jewellery brand, Chainless Brain as she talks about current jewellery trends and her impressive social media presence.

Resortwear in Sydney

From familiar names to emerging labels, discover a roundup of beachwear and vacation essentials in this guide to resortwear in Sydney.

Shopping in Tai Hang

Discover a slew of in-the-know boutiques, vintage and local designer shops in this guide to shopping in Tai Hang, a quaint area just outside Causeway Bay.

Men’s Fashion in Melbourne

In a fashion capital like Melbourne, ample menswear labels are found in the mix.This guide to Men’s Fashion in Melbourne brings you 8 standout local brands.

Wai Wai, Wai Yang

SG-based designer WAI WAI talks about her androgynous label, WAI YANG and the future state of the local fashion industry in Singapore.

Claire Chahil, TheAC

Find out how the founder of TheAC, CLAIRE CHAHIL is going beyond curating independent, local designers for this new retail space in Singapore.

Homewares in Melbourne

Shopping for homewares in Melbourne? Be sure to visit these 8 shops featuring Scandinavian home accessories to homewares created by artisans in India.

Li Ying, Ying the Label

Li Ying, founder of Singapore-based brand, Ying the Label shares how she translates art into fashion & how she uses new technologies in her design process.

Chiang Xiaojun, Pleatation

Chiang Xiaojun, the founder of Singapore-based boutique, PLEATATION, reveals how she fused fashion with technology in her latest Resort 1718 collection.

Izrin Ismail, INNAI

Izrin Ismail of popular KL-based womenswear label, INNAI shares about collaborating with FashionValet and what to expect in Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2017.

Sustainable Fashion in Bali

From using organic materials to traditional techniques here are 7 boutiques that are fighting against fast fashion, focusing on sustainable fashion in Bali.

Gin Lee, Ginlee Studio

Fresh off their Singapore Fashion Awards 2016 win, the founder of GINLEE Studio shares the local brand’s origins, highlights and hopes for local designers.

Shopping at Albert Park

Unearth an eclectic mix of upscale boutiques, local and international designers, eye-popping jewellery, elegant homewares while shopping in Albert Park.

Shopping in Fitzroy

This guide to shopping in Fitzroy features fashion boutiques, local labels, Scandi home accessories & design studios along Brunswick & Gertrude Street.

Shopping in South Yarra

Discover local brands & international labels in Melbourne’s most desirable shopping strip- Chapel Street. All in this guide to shopping in South Yarra.

Gifts for your Valentine

Stumped on what to get your loved one this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered – just head to these boutiques to find perfect gifts for your Valentine.

Swimwear in Sydney

Image: Peony Swimwear prints created by local Bondi photographers and artists Hailing from Bondi, the creators of Bondi Bather share their love for their hometown through a ‘smokin’-hot’ swimwear collection. With super-flattering styles including the ‘Australian Cut’...

Leah Lambert, Glamorous Giving

Singapore’s most exciting sales event, Glamorous Giving is back for its 7th edition. Founder Leah Lambert shares some highlights & how to snag the best deals

Top Shopping Guides for 2016

Discover the top shopping guides for 2016 & include in the itinerary of your next shopping trip to Singapore, KL, Seoul, BKK, Hong Kong, Bali, LA or Sydney.

Top Profiles for 2016

Get to know Travelshopa’s Top Profiles for 2016. Take a look at these style-makers’ accomplishments; lessons learnt & also snag great travel tips for 2017.

Jaclyn Teo, In Good Company

Get to know Marketing & Sales Director Jaclyn Teo, IN GOOD COMPANY as she shares the local brand’s origins, milestone moments & advice they’ve received.

Carolyn Kan, Carrie K.

Fresh off her Singapore Fashion Awards win, we chat with Designer of the Year for Accessories, Carolyn Kan of Carrie K. about her brand’s journey and more.

Shopping Precincts in Sydney

Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) is also rife with shopping opportunities with well-known spots like Pitt Street Mall, Westfield Sydney, Queen Victoria Building and The Strand Arcade offering a jumble of international retail giants, department stores and of...

Guide to Shopping in Bronte

Image: Volange Paris Quirky gift shop Not the best at buying gifts? A trip to Jo & I is all you’ll need. This quaint boutique carries everything from thoughtful gifts and greeting cards, to women’s jewellery, accessories and homewares. You’ll be surprised at the...

Shopping in Bondi Beach

Image: Tuchuzy One of the most sought-after menswear labels Gents, we’ve set our eyes on one of the coolest menswear labels in town. Annex offers a mix of classic styles with a contemporary twist. All pieces are tailored to perfection and compliment one’s personal...

Guide to Shopping in Paddington

The corner of Glenmore Road and Oxford Street is the home of Australian fashion - The Intersection. It's the place where locals and visitors flock for the very best in Australian fashion in a traditional strip shopping experience. Discover a great handpicked selection...

Kittie Yiyi

  From hand sewing princess dresses to her Barbie doll to graduating from Raffles College of Higher Education and then launching her first collection at KL Fashion Week 2014, Kittie Yiyi has sure come a long way in a short span of time. The social media...

Molly Leis, MINIMAL

  There are so many new designers emerging at Fashion Week every week, in fact, we discover at least one. One we recently got to know is MINIMAL. MINIMAL is the brain child of New Yorker Molly Leis-Cornelius, an ex-marketing communications professional in the...

Stand Out Fashion Labels in Singapore

  The local fashion scene in Singapore is witnessing a steady surge, with more homebred designers making their name in the industry. Whether it’s acing it online or adding creating special expereinces at their brick-and-mortar boutiques, these design moguls show...

Stunning Hotels in Singapore

Capella Singapore Singapore may be a modern metropolis and a haven for all shopaholics but inside this bustling little city is also a variety of fabulous stays. Are you the type of traveller that lives for the under-the-radar boutique hotels or the type that would...

Charming Hotels in Saigon

Lobby, The Aclove Library Hotel There’s no denying that Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam is an alluring mix of old and new. Despite the sight of fine restaurants, glitzy bars, emerging local shopping spots, the effervescent city continues to retain...

Accessories in Seoul

Admit it. Though small in size, fashion accessories do pack a punch when it comes to defining a personal sense of style. A mere pair of shades, a bag, purse or shoes can amp up your outfit in a heartbeat. In a city like Seoul, the variety of fashion accessories is...

Shopping in Downtown, Los Angeles

  Ever since its booming resurgence, Downtown, Los Angeles is quickly becoming the cool hangout for young and creative minds. The Arts District, Fashion District, Little Tokyo and the Financial District are major areas that form this spirited precinct. Most...

Perfect Imperfect Home Styling

Helene Denaiffe is the brain behind Stylodeco, the aesthetically pleasing online homewares emporium that has been bringing coveted European brands to the Asia for the last two years. Now, she’s made every homemaker’s home styling dreams come to life with the launch of...

Hotels With A View in Seoul

Rooftop Terrace, Hotel Cappuccino Seoul may be considered one of the best shopping destinations in Asia, but did you know that this vivacious city also boasts some of the best views? Innovative architecture and preservation of natural gems have lead to a...

Anna Layard, Guided Art Tours in Yogyakarta

When did you first know you had an interest in art? I have always had a close affinity with art. Growing up in a very creative household, meant being surrounded by an interesting mix of pieces, and frequently visiting galleries. In fact, I spent my 18th birthday in...

Shopping in Waikiki, Honolulu

Waikiki, the tourist epicentre of Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu, boasts a nexus of activity. Apart from catching waves and frolicking on the iconic Waikiki beach, feasting on Hawaiian gastronomy and sipping on your favourite concoctions, you’ll also be able to get your...

Swim & Sleep in Waikiki

  So you’ve finally booked your tickets to your dream beach destination Honolulu, Hawaii. The next step – picking the right hotel. Honolulu has no shortfall of beachfront hotels, boutique hotels and iconic hotels that have been around for decades. We’ve got the...

Samantha Feyen

Life really is a beach when you’re in Hawaii. Cruising along giant waves, trekking through volcanic plains and venturing into uninhabited islands are all just part of ordinary life here. Born on the island of Maui and raised in the beautiful countryside of Chiang Mai,...

Must-visit Boutique Hotels in Hong Kong

THIS WEEK'S DREAM DESTINATION AND WHAT TO PACK   Ample shopping hotspots, scrumptious food choices and a plethora of sightseeing gems. The vibrant city of Hong Kong is nothing short of exhilarating. The perfect trip is nothing without the perfect stay. Now, we do...

The New Faces of Fashion in Kuala Lumpur

  Kuala Lumpur, a city known to many for its greenery, a variety of food, shopping scene, tropical climate and warm friendly people. This is a destination for your bucket list. You will definitely be spoilt for choice of not only the food and site but also, the...

Savina Chai

  It’s been said that all Singaporeans are foodies at heart. Fashion entrepreneur, Savina Chai is no exception. The intrepid traveller and founder of womenswear label, Eight Slate fondly cherishes her mornings spent at the hawker centre, tucking into a hearty...

Lam Thuy Nhan

Ho Chi Minh City bears an intriguing contrast of old and new — a fury of sights and sounds that begs exploring. Still, there’s only so many bowls of pho to be had or war relics to view before one is left wanting. Take Lam’s lead and be guided through Ho Chi Minh’s...

Multi-label Boutiques in Bangkok

  We can’t think of one person who fails to enjoy shopping in a multi-label boutique. With a flock of diverse brands and goodies within reach, what’s not to like? Bangkok has seen a steady surge of multi-label boutiques offering the coolest local labels in the...

Unique Stays in San Francisco

THIS WEEK’S DREAM DESTINATION AND WHAT TO PACK   The rest of California might be preparing for fall but the land of Indian Summers; San Francisco is latching on to the unseasonable weather. We are taking full advantage of the sun-kissed city by unwinding in one...

Stylish Hotels in Bangkok

 THIS WEEK’S DREAM DESTINATION AND WHAT TO PACK   A melting pot of diverse cultures, commercial mecca and perfect juxtaposition of old and new – one can easily identify the dynamic capital of Thailand, Bangkok. Attracting a versatile mix of travellers, many of...

Amy Read, Gifts Less Ordinary

  In a time when sophistication has becomes a main driver of people's spending habits, independent retailers like Gifts Less Ordinary have found the winning formula. Bespoke and personalisation are key ingredients to this. The idea for Gifts Less Ordinary came to...

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