With everything from the biggest international brands to home-grown boutiques, shoppers visiting Singapore are spoilt for choice. But why settle for what’s on the shelf when you can walk home with an item that’s designed perfectly for you?
Whether it’s a bespoke suit, customisable notebook, or personalised scent, it’s hard to beat the satisfaction that comes with pieces tailor-made to your taste. Here are seven stores selling items that are bound to express your individuality.
Established in 1947, this family-run business is famous for its high-quality leather-bound books, which make for practical and gorgeous gifts.
Picking out your purchase is an experience in itself. Begin by choosing from a range of leatherette covers and papers, then let your personal taste shine by mixing and matching the little details, like binding wires, leather flaps, and snap buttons.
In just a few minutes, the expert craftsmen will bind your selections for a creation that will express your unique sense of aesthetics.
Prices are also reasonable for a bespoke piece, with their bestselling customisable A5 notebook starting at just S$20.
Bynd Artisan. 44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-54, Singapore 278116. +65 6475 1680.
Tue-Fri 12pm-9pm; Sat-Sun 10am-9pm.
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Scents are deeply personal, so craft one that exudes your unique personality.
Owner Johari Kazura’s abiding passion for perfume is apparent from the get-go, with an intimate customisation experience for enthusiasts looking to expand their knowledge of how scents are created.
After getting a sense of the notes you’re looking for, Johari will propose a range of potential ingredients for you to sample. It’s then a matter of experimenting with the blends to create a unique fragrance to call your own.
SIFR Aromatics. 42 Arab Street, Singapore 199741. +65 6392 1966.
Mon-Sat 11am-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm.
Founded with the principle of providing “intentional skincare”, homegrown brand Alcheme mixes ingredients that are scientifically-proven to improve the skin—including ginseng root extract for collagen production and zinc sulphate for oil control.
Using an algorithm developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Alcheme’s experts can determine your exact skin type to design the best skincare product for you.
The end result? A personalised serum or emulsion that will never cause a rash, and a deeper understanding of the unique care your skin requires.
Naiise Iconic Jewel Changi Airport. 78 Airport Boulevard, #02-205/206, Singapore 819666.
Ed Et Al Shoemakers
There’s nothing quite as comforting as a well-crafted shoe, and that’s what you’ll get at Ed Et Al Shoemakers. The ten-year-old local brand handmakes bespoke leather dress shoes, including oxfords, boots, and loafers.
You can also pick from a range of specially tailored services like shoe repairs and ready-to-wear designs with add-on customisations.
Ed Et Al Shoemakers. 120 Telok Ayer Sreet, Singapore 068589. +65 6337 8919.
Mon-Fri 11am-7pm; Sat 11am-3pm.
Golden Scissors Cheongsam
Learn about the intricacies and rigours of classic Chinese fashion with your own cheongsam (Chinese one-piece dress). Professional tailoring makes a big difference for this elegant, form-fitting piece, and you’ll be in good hands at Golden Scissors Cheongsam. With over four decades of experience, their Chinatown shophouse is packed with all kinds of styles, cuts, and colours.
Customise your cheongsam by picking a print and having it made to measure within a week. Fashion-forward stylistas can also opt for modern twists like batik (a cloth patterning technique of wax-resisting dyeing practised widely throughout Southeast Asia and the East), floral patterns, or plaid.
People’s Park Complex. Block 32 New Market Road #02-1114-1116, Singapore 050032. +65 8163 0178.
Hertslet & Co.
From humble beginnings operating out of a shared space at SCAPE, Hertslet & Co. has quickly gained a following of sharply-dressed men. Visit their cosy Joo Chiat boutique for a complete tailor-made experience that’ll have you exuding all the charm of a modern gentleman.
Each bespoke suit is made from scratch, with the process generally taking between six to eight weeks. The young tailors take on each project with the utmost care and attention—so much so that customers often end up becoming close friends.
Hertslet & Co. Bespoke Clothier. 314C Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427565. +65 8157 7758.
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then bespoke diamonds are like soulmates. Create the perfect present with a personal touch at Facets, which specialises in bespoke jewellery like bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
What’s more, the business plants a tropical hardwood tree for each sale of a diamond over two carats—so you can shine brighter knowing you’ve helped give back to the environment!
Far East Shopping Centre. 545 Orchard Road #11-05, Singapore 238882. +65 6235 1724.
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-2pm.