Singapore is never short on new discoveries, whether it’s food or fashion. Proof? Here are the stylish local designs we’ve got our eye on...
There are always new things to check out in Singapore — whether they’re new restaurants, bars, cafes or shops. But if there’s one thing that’s always hot on our radar, it’s emerging local fashion labels. No, we’re not talking about the big names like Charles & Keith and Carrie K. (shout out for representing SG in a big way), right now we’re talking under-the-radar brands that we’re excited to add to our wardrobe…
Best for fashionistas rocking the urban turbans (or would love to start wearing the look), Olive Ankara pays homage to traditional African headwraps. Measuring 22 by 72 inches, these handmade scarfs are large enough to be worn in different ways, and offer more coverage. We’re into the bold, bright patterned jumpsuits and coordinated sets too. Bonus: The brand abides by a strict #zerowaste philosophy, where any spare fabric is upcycled and used to make other items.
OliveAnkara, available online or follow their Insta feed for updates on pop-ups
Loosely based on the African meaning of ‘bold’, Envet is created by local designer Anita Rusli to share her love of statement earrings with the world. Her collection of self-made gorgeous hoops are intricately fused with bright hues, customisable elements and metals that are suitable for sensitive skin. Its range of eye-catching (literally) tassels will stop you in your tracks — these ‘Evil Eye’-embellished tassels are inspired by Anita’s visit to Istanbul.
Envet, available online
Known for her playful illustrations, UltraaViolets (aka Kimberly) also does ready-to-wear apparel and accessories on top of her treasure trove of quirky stickers, badges and stationery. Keeping up with the definition of ‘under-the-radar’, her printed sweaters, shirts and caps are only available in limited quantities at Actually. You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for the next art market or fair to snap up her eye-catching gear!
UltraaViolets, follow her on Facebook and Instagram for the news on the next pop-up
Paying homage to Singapore’s diversity and timeless fashion, Vespertine combines batik fabrics with modern design to create beautiful collections of dresses, rompers and skirts. This label is for women who are all about making a statement with traditional patterns and bright hues. Catch Vespertine at the March 2018 edition of Boutiques Fair to check out the brand’s second collection!
Vespertine, available online
Not new to the fashion scene per se, Omitir Concepts knows how to keep things on the down low. The local label’s collection of lush accessories is created from Indonesian and Italian-sourced leather. Not big on mass production, you’ll have to grab Omitir’s tanned, brown and black belts, wallets and bags whenever you get the chance! The folks behind Omitir will be making a cameo at District Design Dialogue Holland Village during this year’s Singapore Design Week!
Omitir Concepts, available online
Big on comfy tees perfect for Singapore’s hot tropical weather? Say no more; Source Collections has got your back. Sustainably and ethically made, our new fave local label is busting out a collection of soft t-shirts for creatures of comfort. Its signature simple silhouettes are available in three colours (black, white and grey) — and fits well with any body type — men or women. The Honeycombers team even had a go with their picks, check ’em all out here and you might even find your new favourite casual tee.
Source Collections, available online