Love shopping but don’t want to splurge unnecessarily? Budget-friendly shopping in Singapore is possible – just check out these places.
There’s a new wave of Singaporean design virtuosos on our shores—check out these brands by our very own local designers.
For chic new threads
Kevin Seah Bespoke
This made-to-measure line has become the premier bespoke tailoring stop for classy gents and ladies alike. Here, you’ll get custom-tailored suits in a full range of materials (suitable for all climates), or tailored shirts made of premium English and Italian fabrics.
What to buy: custom-tailored suits, or ready-made accessories from their online store
Where to buy: Kevin Seah Bespoke. 55B/C Boat Quay, Singapore 049844
In Good Company
Clean, classy and modern are the hallmarks of the In Good Company label, and its selection of chic wardrobe essentials. Mums can even doll their kids up in the Mini Me collection!
What to buy: In Good Company’s newest arrivals.
Where to buy: ION Orchard. 2 Orchard Turn, #B1-06, Singapore 238801
For a fashion-forward spin on traditional fabrics and cuts, check out popular womenswear label Ong Shunmugam. Designer Priscilla Shunmugam pushes the envelope of Singaporean fashion with cheongsams in modern silhouettes, and batik-printed pieces made from vintage kimono fabric.
What to buy: get festive with the Chinese New Year 2016 collection
Where to buy: Ong Shunmugam. 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-76, Singapore 278115
Zhai is Singapore’s first boutique carrying carefully researched and curated clothing made from bamboo fibre. Located in the chic haven of Haji Lane, Zhai is the perfect choice for the eco-conscious fashionista.
What to buy: shop Zhai’s eco-friendly bamboo collection
Where to buy: Zhai. 82 Haji Lane, Singapore 189272
Get arty and artisanal with Carrie K., a local jewellery label that makes sleek statement pieces for men and women. Whether you’re looking for sterling silver electroform bowties, or made-to-order pave diamond rings, Carrie K. is bound to have something to your taste.
What to buy: Make a unique statement with the morse bling collection
Where to buy: National Design Centre. 111 Middle Road, #02-03, Singapore 188969
The LING WU label crafts beautiful bags fit for the functional and fashion needs of a new generation of independent women. Brand-owner Goh Ling Ling’s design sensibilities are influenced by her family’s 1970s garment manufacturing business, from which she’s adopted LING WU’s bold entrepreneurial spirit.
What to buy: the Bubble Mini bags, which come in an array of colours
Where to buy: TANGS at Tang Plaza. 310 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238864
Azimuth Watch Company
Founded by Singaporeans Alvin Lye and Christopher Long, Azimuth isn’t your run-of-the-mill watch brand. Imagine wearing twin speedometer dials on your wrist, except they’re clock faces that reflect two different time zones—that’s just one piece from Azimuth’s Avant-Garde SP-1 range, which sports designs that mimic car bonnets, race tracks and space shuttles.
What to buy: get your engines revving with the Twin Barrel Tourbillon
Where to buy: ION Orchard. 2 Orchard Turn, KRASNAYA – The Watch Art Gallery, #B3-03, Singapore 238801
By Invite Only
Self-taught designer Trixie Khong started her accessory line By Invite Only in 2009, and it’s since grown into a jewellery label that’s quickly becoming a local favourite. All pieces by the label are hand-crafted in the studio and made for the sophisticated and discerning woman. Only true aficionados of quality hand-made crafts need apply.
Where to buy: Robinsons @ The Heeren. 260 Orchard Road, Level 3, Singapore 238855
Charles & Keith
Founded by siblings Charles and Keith Wong, this footwear and accessory brand has become the choice pick of the modern Singaporean. Charles & Keith rolls out on-trend, affordable footwear styles each season, ensuring that you’ve got your best foot forward. They’ve since set foot in the international market, having opened doors in Japan, Macau and Paris – the brand even graced the red carpet when Game of Thrones starlet Maisie Williams sported a Charles and Keith evening bag at the 2016 Emmy Awards.
What to buy: sandals, loafers, oxfords or wedges—Charles & Keith’s shoe collection’s got something for everyone
Where to buy: 313@Somerset. 313 Orchard Road, #02-46/47/48/49, Singapore 238895; Changi Airport Terminal 3. Departure/Transit Lounge North, #02-53, Singapore 819663; and more Charles and Keith stores islandwide
For the humble abode
Scene Shang’s contemporary homeware designs are rooted in Asian heritage. The furniture label works with traditional artisans from all over Asia to create pieces that put forward-looking twists on the homeware silhouettes and stylings of yesteryear.
What to buy: bedeck your home with something from the Decoratives collection
Where to buy: Scene Shang. 263 Beach Rd, Singapore 199542
A Dose of Something Good
A Dose of Something Good makes candles using natural, quality materials and scents that blend fragrances, natural extracts and essential oils. Candle-maker Robert Upton also adds a personal touch to the candles—every scent is inspired by a unique anecdote or backstory.
What to buy: experiment with the spicy scent of the Bitter Sweet candle
Where to buy: Clarke Quay Central. 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-23, Singapore 059817; and other Naiise stores island-wide
A furniture design and lifestyle company founded in 2012 by Singaporean designer Julian Koh, Commune crafts furniture and homeware with the aim of enhancing the modern Singaporean’s way of life. Commune’s products are made with a focus on affordability as well as the small living spaces typical of city life.
What to buy: pick up some unique décor from Commune’s range of wall art
Where to buy: Millenia Walk. 9 Raffles Blvd, #02-51/52/53, Singapore 039596
Browse through The GoDown Store and you’re bound to come across a couple of one-of-a-kind modern and vintage finds. Founder Audrey Lee sources pieces during her travels, bringing wares from all over the world to this homely lifestyle store.
What to buy: check out The GoDown Store’s vintage specialty items
Where to buy: The GoDown. 44 Zion Rd, Singapore 247776
Supermama was set up by local design stalwarts Edwin and Mei Ling Low as a space to support Singaporean designers. The gallery shop collects and curates art and giftware that represent contemporary Singapore culture, such as porcelain plates donning iconic images like HDB flats and the Merlion.
What to buy: take a piece of Singapore home with one of Supermama’s hand-painted porcelain trinkets
Where to buy: Supermama. 265 Beach Rd, Singapore 199544
Homegrown label SABRINAGOH is best known for the clean lines and asymmetry that pervade its edgy collections. Founded by local designer Sabrina Goh, the minimalist store carries labels such as ELOHIM by Sabrina Goh, whimsical label A.K.A. Wayward and Korean men’s fashion line M-WANTED.
What to buy: Slip on a breezy asymmetrical dress or skirt from the ELOHIM by Sabrina Goh collection for effortless cool
Where to buy: Capitol Piazza. 13 Stamford Rd, #02-14, Singapore 178905