Tired of contributing to the textile waste issue in Singapore? Chuck out bad shopping habits with top circular fashion brands.
Consider yourself an enthusiast of green living? You’re probably familiar with our favourite sustainable fashion brands. Or you’re conscientious about the impact of textile waste in Singapore (and around the world). But instead of only looking to buy sustainably-made products, why not take things up a notch by getting in on circular fashion?
This concept isn’t just about producing durable and ethically-made items and garments. It also includes keeping clothing in circulation. This allows them to pass through the hands of multiple wearers, reducing the overall need to create new items that contribute to fabric waste. Want to know more? Here are our favourite circular fashion brands in Singapore.
Best circular fashion brands in Singapore
1. Style Carousel
If you’re in Hong Kong, you’ve probably already heard of new circular fashion brand Style Carousel. Recently, it’s taken its innovative service down to the Lion City. You can rent pre-loved luxury goods and designer bags by hand-picked brands from all around the world. Book that Zimmerman dress for brunch, or that Chanel bag for a fancy evening. If you’re not sure what to choose, there are even stylists you can check with for advice. Trust us, this will soon be your favourite way to shop.
Style Carousel, shop online
2. Style Theory
So you’re looking for a trendy yet eco-conscious fashion option? Style Theory is Southeast Asia’s leading circular fashion platform, offering designer clothing and bag rentals for the sustainable-minded fashionista. There are tiered membership plans ($89, $129 or $159 per month) to suit different lifestyles and budgets, with the option to purchase certain items if you want to keep them in your closet.
Simply download the app, create an account and start browsing. Once you’ve picked out the items for your monthly box, hit check out and choose to have it delivered to your door. Expect an array of designer bags from brands such as Gucci, Prada and Celine, as well as an impressive selection of clothes from a variety of designers like Keepsake and Finders Keepers. From workwear to bridal dresses, you’ll have an outfit for every occasion!
Style Theory, shop online
Got any little ones in tow? Then you know how fast they outgrow things. Declutter and make space for wonderful second-hand items with Nimbu. On this circular fashion platform, you can return kids’ outgrown clothes, books and toys conveniently. Plus, exchange them for credits to buy age-appropriate things for your little tyke. It specialises in Indian ethnic wear, but there’s other stuff including adorable dresses, gold necklaces, and baby shoes of varying sizes.
Nimbu, shop online
4. Tortoise the Label
Love basic pieces you can wear over and over again? That’s the magic of the clothing produced by Tortoise the Label. This local brand is committed to reducing textile waste in Singapore through circular designs and processes. It only sells essential clothing you can wear all the time; it also ensures its products are thoughtfully-made for recycling. Instead of tossing the clothing into a landfill, you can earn carrot credits to spend on new clothing when you return its basic tops for a second life.
Tortoise the Label, shop online or at #03-19A, Actually, 277 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858
5. The Reoutfitter
True to its name, The Reoutfitter takes preloved and gently used clothing, and places them back on the stands to be swooped up by eager fashionistas. It’s run by fashion and wardrobe styling consultant Sera Murphy, who enthusiastically doles out tailored fashion advice to help you shop better. Nifty!
The Reoutfitter, shop online
Calling all parents! You’ve got to check out Retykle. This circular fashion concept is Asia’s first online resale platform. It stocks pre-loved high-end babywear, kids’ wear and maternity fashion to get you through those growing days. Think adorable Jacadi sandals, Ralph Lauren bloomers, Janie & Jack sleeveless tops and more for your little one. You can even sell your own selection of clothing on it for store credit or cash – just make sure it’s on Retykle’s list of accepted brands.
Retykle, shop online
We’re huge fans of Cloop – a circular fashion initiative co-founded by Jasmine Tuan (one of our Local Legends of Singapore). It holds frequent pop-ups to display preloved clothing that have been donated through its recycling bins. You can swap out the ones you love with some garments of your own. We particularly love its open wardrobe stall that’s permanently based at City Sprouts. It’s a self-service, self-checkout walk-in wardrobe for everyone to enjoy being part of the circular fashion cycle. And everything goes for $10! Amazing.
Cloop, Sprout Hub, 102 Henderson Road, Sprout Hub, Singapore 159562
8. The Fashion Pulpit
We can’t forget about The Fashion Pulpit. This spot is a hub for clothes swapping, upcycling, and learning new fashion tricks. Pop by and trade in your old garments for preloved pieces you’ll wear way more often. You can even sign up for memberships that range from two months to a whole year’s worth of swaps with added perks like workshops, personal styling sessions, and discounts for food and drinks.
The Fashion Pulpit, #02-08, OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815
Buckle up for some guilt-free shopping at these circular fashion brands in Singapore.