These local fashion gems will have you strutting your stuff with Singaporean pride!
If you’re a Lion City gal, then you’ll definitely feel the same sense of pride that we have for our little red dot. And with that pride, comes a responsibility to show our support for all things local. Since September is a huge month for fashion, we thought we’d share with you some of the homegrown fashion labels that we’re absolutely in love with. Read on to find out which brands have us really excited about our local fashion scene. Singapura represent!
We love our share of Givenchy, Céline, Mansur Gavriel and hey, the list of our favourite luxury leather goods can just keep going on and on. But what if there’s a brand that’s just as good but and accessible too? Enter Ling Wu, Singapore’s answer to luxurious handbags for the modern, independent woman. Ling Wu uses butter-soft leathers and hand-polished exotic skins to create soft, voluminous bags in different shapes and colours that can easily take you from day to night. Our Editor personally owns a card case and we’ve seen her carrying it literally everywhere she goes!
Visit here to find the various stockists, www.lingwu.sg
COLLATE The Label
The brainchild of Instagram’s It Girl Velda Tan (who was on our list of Inspiring Women), COLLATE The Label made it’s debut on the runway at this year’s Fashion Week 2015. Velda fuses her chic and accessible style into versatile silhouettes that can easily be dubbed as classics for every woman. Shapes, lines and structures are kept simple to give the wearer a sense of creativity when styling themselves.
It’s evident that Velda has a keen eye for details and we’re totes on board with this label. It’s true when they say ‘Less is more’!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – we have mad love for MATTER, a socially motivated business that’s dedicated to creating products that tells a story. We previously interviewed Ren for our That Girl section, founder of the label, and discovered that she supports and champions alternative production models for rural textile artisans. Not only are her products filled with quirky prints and styles, they make a difference in the world too. Now this is what we call fashion with a conscience.
In Good Company
In Good Company have racked up collaborations with a slew of creative brands which is perfect because it embodies the name of the brand and its philosophy. And it doesn’t take much to see that IGC is special. Arrestingly modern, slightly surreal, yet practical, too, this is a label that deserves to be recognised internationally. The IGC aesthetic is defined by clean silhouettes wand signature tailoring and draping is the core of all its collections. With its first capacious standalone store newly opened at Ion Orchard, we urge you girls to pop by and see all the magic for yourself.
Quirky and offbeat street-wear seems to be a bit of a buzzword these days by eclectic label Mash-Up promises that it isn’t a gimmick. The creations themselves are endlessly bright, features DIY craft techniques and ask the wearer to be bold and playful, two things that are missing in many brands. A manifestation of the founders (Daniel Monasterios Tan, Nathanel Ng, Shaf Amis’aabudin) love for music, partying and fashion all of their apparels will inspire individuality, and we’re certainly behind a brand that’s all about expressing our true selves through fashion.
Click here to find the list of stockists, www.mashupcollective.com
Elyn Wong’s clothes are pure, look and feel good to wear, but they’re anything by easy. Stolen is a womeanswear label that has been around for almost a decade and its safe to say it’s a brand that’s classic and timeless. An exposed back is the signature detail of a Stolen garment and her collections constant balance fashion and art to accentuate the strength of the modern woman. And to add a significant milestone as to how Stolen is creating waves overseas, the brand was selected as the only fashion representative to represent Singers in the international travelling showcase entitled Singapore: InsideOut.
Aijek is giving breezy separates and effortless summer dresses a run for their money by making a range of apparels made from high quality sustainable fabrics. Cut to bring out feminine silhouettes, self-taught designer, Danelle Woo works with natural fibers such as silk that will last a very long time in your wardrobes. Next time you’re looking for a dress for date night, think of Aijek.
Saturday is our favourite day of the week, right? This local brand embodies the very spirit of the weekend and we love it! With wearable apparels denoted by its careful draping and asymmetrical designs, the brand is all about comfort and timeless design for the modern woman. Nic Wong has created a brand that understands the importance of creating collections that transcends trends and that’s what everyone needs really – something that looks great now and even better five years from now.
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