5 places to find
Home to an interesting collection of trinkets, home ware and objet d’arts, one local brand to take note of is the boutique’s own in-house label, Democratic Society. Their products cover everyday items like stationery and tableware, with a popular collection drawing its inspiration from key Singapore icons, transforming them into motifs on porcelain plates.
30A Seah St., 9831-3691, S(188386), MRT: Esplanade
This spacious multi-label lifestyle store might hail from Hong Kong but it carries a good handful of local designers among the 100 niche labels it stocks. Those labels include womenswear line Stolen, a specialist in sharp, backless dresses, and Saught, which makes beautiful jewelry using materials salvaged from landmines and unexploded ordnance.
#01-05 National Design Centre, 111 Middle Rd., 6339-7987, S(188969), MRT: Bras Basah
Curated by a young team of passionate art enthusiasts, The Farm Store’s colorful and highly original collection of products aims to represent the country’s culture and history. You’ll find pretty tote bags with designs of old Chinese calendars and drinking glasses with funny Singlish catchphrases printed on them.
#04-29 261 Waterloo St., 6336-1706, S(180261), MRT: Bras Basah
Located at the unassuming Bras Basah Complex, this cozy indie store is jam-packed with novelty trinkets. Noteworthy local brands include Momshoo who put out whimsical knitted accessories and Wheniwasfour, a brand that turns Singaporean childhood memories like potong ice cream into cute miniature pins.
#02-25 Bras Basah Complex, 231 St., 6333-0870, S(180231), MRT: Bras Basah
This retro-fitted boutique is an advocate of the traditional artisan movement and they provide a platform for emerging and established labels like local brand Oldman Handmade, which specializes in men’s accessories, and homegrown edgy minimalist watch brand HyperGrand.
#03-02 115 King George's Ave., S(208561), MRT: Lavender