Where to buy local brands
Here are our favorite stores that stock local products.
Home to an interesting array of homeware and objet d'arts created by local (and Japanese) designers, the tidy displays, white walls and plants give this understated space a delightfully calm feeling. One local brand to watch out for is the boutique's own in-house label, Democratic Society, which collaborates with local designers and art studios to create thoughtful, functional items with a unique identity.
Although it hails from Hong Kong, this multi-label lifestyle store has a good representation of local designers among the 100 niche labels in stock. Its labels include womenswear line Stolen, known for its sharp, backless dresses, and Saught, which makes beautiful jewelry using materials salvaged from landmines and unexploded ordnance.
This straight-talking emporium is the brainchild of the cool folks behind social media agency Goodstuph. It houses one-off vintage items, local labels and limited edition products by Singaporean brands. These include retro eyewear by Mystic Vintage and artwork by design company FLABSLAB. Everything here is unique and collectible, handpicked by owner and PR guru Pat Law.
FARM’s colorful and highly original collection of products is curated by a team of young art enthusiasts. It's all made in Singapore and sets out to represent the country’s culture and history. You’ll find traditional games like "five stones," lovely bags with designs of ancient Chinese calendars, and drinking glasses with humorous Singlish phrases printed on them.
Located in Bras Basah Complex, which is worth a wander anyway for its maze of interesting shops, this cozy indie store is packed with whimsical collectibles and novelty trinkets. Best sellers include scrapbooking essentials, cute stationery, tin robots, and their prized "moustache" collection (pouches, umbrellas, you name it). Noteworthy local brands here are Momshoo, which makes whimsical knitted accessories, and Wheniwasfour, which turns childhood memories like potong ice cream into cute miniature pins.
Over 250 local and international emerging designers are represented in this online clothing, homeware and accessories boutique. Naiise dispels the idea that design has to be high-brow. Local brands include coaster specialists, The Coaster People, and Simitaiji, which pays homage to Singaporean identity by taking classic phrases and logos and putting them on everything from kitchen mittens to T-shirts.