Boutiques are pretty pricey affairs the world over, but we can swear blind that in some, we have encountered dresses cheaper than Warehouse (now our slight tongue in cheek boutique benchmark – look out for CTW in the BTW section at the bottom). Generally though, prices aren’t as steep as you would imagine.
Wheelock Place (#03-13)
501 Orchard Road
T: (+65)6836 3772
Vibe: Laid back city chic
Labels: Sole Singapore stockist of ubiquitous LA label ‘T-bags’, known for their amazingly versatile tops and dresses which work equally well with flip flops on the beach or glammed up for evening. Also carries other one-off finds as well as Shoshanna, Posse (local brand) and Tocca.
Jewellery: Two Pigs, Andria Wong, Colette, Duchess M and Kai Onn.
Opening Times: 10.30am-8.30pm Mon-Sat, 11am-8.30pm Sun
DÉJÀ VU VINTAGE
Millenia Walk (#01-70)
9 Raffles Boulevard
T: +65 6338 8013
Vibe: Premium vintage, handmade and one-of-a-kind, from beautiful statement jewellery to wearable (with a few less wearable thrown in for good measure) vintage dresses. Shop here and you will have no fear of ever running with the crowd.
Labels: Vintage YSL, Chanel and Dior – you name it
Jewellery: Changes all the time, often handmade and one-of-a-kind, created by designers from all over the world including the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Israel.
Opening Times: 11am-9pm daily
Ask for: Kelly (owner)
Millennia Walk (#01-57)
9 Raffles Boulevard
T(+65) 6338 7060
Vibe: Quirky yet lasting, chic and unique – everything you’d hope and expect from a boutique, topped off with inspirational and relatively inexpensive handmade jewellery – most of which succeeds in bridging the gap between mass market high street products and unattainable designer prices.
Labels: They carry different brands each season but exclusive staples include Lover, as well as Leona Edmiston, Karen Walker, Cooper Street, Katherine and Willow. Local brands are Posse, Yu and Burgundy. Ribbon & Roses is a new and very good value addition.
Jewellery: Chamomile Tan (so much fun, check out her ‘spike’ earrings), FrueFrue (more classic), Mayberry and much more.
Opening Times: 11am-9pm Mon-Sat, 1pm-7pm Sun
T: (+65) 9742 8178
A great resource, Cate is Asia’s first high-end multi-label e-boutique (that’s a lot of hyphens). It is based in Singapore (phew, no international postage) and stocks a fabulous selection of labels including pretty much all of the local designers – see the HOMEGROWN TALENT subdivision, below. Next day delivery within Singapore is charged at a flat rate of $5. BTW: Returns for pickup within the CBD area are free of charge.
HIDE & SEEK
176 Telok Ayer Street
T: (+65) 6222 2825
Vibe: Funky concept store to essentially showcase Png’s own label KOOPS. He does some good drapey dresses – edgier than DVF but you need to be tiny to fit in to them and actually look good. Some decidedly 1980s creations made us slightly doubt him, but fears were generally unfounded as this mishmash of labels, make up and beauty products (all from LA) sort of worked. This is his new store, with more of an androgynous focus than was last offered in his Hong Kong Street shop, majoring on suits and suit jackets in particular.
Labels: KOOPS of course, Singaporean label De Drapes (all one-off pieces including some – the clue is in the name – drapey and fabulous creations if you can see through the decidedly wacky pieces blocking them), Pouf (quirky women’s dresses) and Elohim. Boys section is small and includes Ts, jeans and trainers. Think retro classics.
Jewellery: Is of the costume, vintage variety
Opening Times: 11am-8pm daily
27a Lorong Mambong (above Harry’s Bar)
T: (+65) 6463 7336
Vibe: Holland V shopping as it should be….an eclectic collection of mainly clothes and reasonably priced jewellery that is tasteful, edgy, wearable and unusual.
Labels: Mainly Oz apparel – they call themselves and emporium for all things Australian – but they also stock a good healthy range of local labels including Hansel, Al & Alecia, Yumumu (which is brilliantly quirky) and Elohim.
Jewellery: Fun and well priced. Check out the ‘by invitation only’ Oui/Non earrings (around $30+). BTW: Also sell great PJs (by Les Affaires and only $55), kids gear (quite over priced but cute cheong sums for around $65) as well as a tiny selection of homeware (their mirrored 5”x7” frames at $39 are amazingly good value and are regular stock).
Opening Times: 11am-9pm daily
19 Jalan Pisang
T: (+65) 6296 8512
Vibe: Edgy but approachable shopping experience. Owner Jasmine is inspirational. Don’t forget to check out their homemade Orangina bottle chandelier and the shop’s very own black cat (good brand reinforcement).
Labels: Local lovelies including Elohim, Proudrece (Philippines), Reckless Erika (local and fabulous), Fru Fru & Tigerlily, Gianromano (Philippines).
Jewellery: Mandy Wu. BTW: Keep your eyes peeled for their soon-to-be-launched own label.
Opening Times: 12pm-9pm daily
Esplanade Mall (#02-10)
1 Esplanade Drive
T: (+65) 6338 3815
Vibe: A master class in shabby chic with not so much of the shabby. Wearable quirkiness and good ‘chuck it on, don’t think’ day dresses.
Labels: Karen Walker (NZ), Hansel, Chloe and Nina Ricci plus various quite fun and not too expensive framed prints and cards.
BTW: The crucial scoop is that their stuff is always 20%-60% (sometimes even 70%) cheaper that retail prices, and items typically range from $20-$250 – this is indeed a treasure trove. CTW.
Opening Times: 12pm-9pm Mon-Fri; 12pm-10pm Sat & Sun (if there is a show on, they tend to stay open later)
Mandarin Gallery (#02-28a)
333 Orchard Road
T: (+65) 6737 3440
Shop here and deck yourself out in understated but fabulous gear from Vanessa Bruno, Twenty8Twelve and Liho London. Proper boutique prices, this’ll cost you, but it’s lovely and quiet (how long can they last?) which helps to add to the feeling of exclusivity and you can go to Jones’ new outfit here for a post-purchase lunch.
Opening Times: 10.30am-9pm daily
31/33 Haji Lane
T: (+65) 6396 4048
Hands down winner for the best self-indulgent yummy mummy shop in town – shop ‘til you drop in this style emporium/ice cream parlour while your little darling is silenced with an ice as he waits quietly for you in the café section (same room, just positioned slightly to the side). Non mummies, fear not…..the stock here rocks and this is one of the trailblazing Haji boutiques that turned it from a back alley off Arab Street in to a destination. A good pick of very buyable home furnishings, made special by the prints and fabrics (a lot of silk) as well as different yet wearable jewellery and plenty of vintage (from Korea, Taiwan and Japan) and vintage-inspired (by Indo label Menca & Mischka) clothing.
Opening Times: 11am-8pm Tue-Sat; 1pm-7pm Sun. Closed Mon
Capitol Building (#01-18)
11 Stamford Road
T: (+65) 6837 3393
Vibe: Complete with its own runway for you to sashay down, this fashion find doesn’t do outrageous and unwearable – just beautiful.
Labels: A mixture of seriously well selected labels from Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, but major in Jayson Brunsdon (from Oz). Sass & Bide jeans are also stocked here (up to around size 31) and accessories are quite major, including some practical yet beautiful offerings from Zambesi. BTW: Parking always feels a bit tricky for the Capitol Building and neighbouring Stamford House, but opt for Raffles City and just walk across the road.
Opening Times: 11am-8.30pm Mon-Sat, 12pm-pm Sun
25/27 Haji Lane
T: (+65) 6299 5805
We hate to use the horribly over-used word ‘lifestyle’, but this can only really be described as a lifestyle store. And it is a lifestyle store as lifestyle stores should be. A great place for present perusing – whether it is presents for you or other people. We (surprisingly) picked up some very man friendly gear here in terms of knickknacks. Clothes wise, there is not a lot of choice, but its all eclectic and very well chosen. Pretty without being pointless and very well laid out. BTW: The salad connection is rather dubious….the girl on the till had no idea why it was called Salad…the owner was more succinct, but it still doesn’t make much sense: it is because every 3 months, their collection changes, like a fresh bowl of salad…. But they are great buyers here and the do not over order, or re-order, their stock. A find in an over-boutiqued world.
Opening Times: 12pm-8pm Mon-Sat. Closed Sun
RIBBON & ROSES
At last! A fabulous fashion find that is not a rip off. Someone should have had this idea years ago, but Ribbon & Roses is relatively new and sells beautifully cut (and beautifully priced) clothes, sourced from around the globe (great tunics, fabulous day dresses, good jewellery). They have purposefully limited stock so you won’t see everyone else wearing your dress and although they also supply several London stores, Singapore is R&R’s birthplace. Buy online (in SGD or GBP) or attend their sale days, dates as advertised online. Also stocked at Trixilini’s boutique (see Trixilini’s entry above). BTW: CTW.
16A Haji Lane
T: (+65) 6297 0169
A small but clever collection of wearable vintage clothes and accessories (great handbags) as well as home accessories including fabrix laptop cases (made by owner) and working remakes of old fashioned cameras you actually have to look down through (rather than point and shoot). ‘Public’ is part of the same store and features one-of-a-kind interiors products from local and international designers. It is also a gallery space that can be hired for your own private party.
Opening Times: 1pm-8pm Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun; 1pm-9pm Fri & Sat. Closed Tue
HOMEGROWN TALENT (STORES)
This is a further subsection within Boutiques. See below for listings of local designers’ stand alone stores.
ALL DRESSED UP
2 Orchard Turn
T: (+65) 6509 3089
The Singapore success story and darling of Vogue (both US and UK). Owned by local fashion doyenne Tina Tan Leo, this is a seriously grown up label that began life as an in-house line to sit alongside the big guns (Givenchy, Chloë et al) stocked in Tan’s boutique The Link. 5 years on, it is distributed worldwide and besides the new store at ION, boasts a very hip offering in Paragon (#02-37; T: (+65) 6836 3238) as well as a presence in Isetan Scotts (L2) (in fact All Dressed Up, as well as a few other boutiques within Isetan, are all that’s good about it). Inspired by French fashion, the clothes are a perfect and unlikely marriage between elegant and edgy. Jersey silk is everywhere and tops are very wearable, as are her day dresses.
Opening Times: 10.30am-9.30pm daily
Stamford House (#01-02)
39 Stamford Road
T: (+65) 6337 0992
Hansel’s creations are quirky, fun and functional. If you are an Anna Sui fan, or even if you aren’t, he will do it for you. Sold around the world including the US, Oz, Malaysia and Japan – where he has a huge following.
Opening Hours: 11.30am-8.30pm Mon-Sat, 12pm-6pm Sun
2 Orchard Turn
T: (+65) 6509 8128
Despite the confusing name (this has nothing to do with maternity clothing), Kmi Huang turns out stylish gear than is reassuringly simple yet feminine (vs Margaret Howell androgyny). She’s been designing since 2000 and the notion behind the name is that her clothes protect and support the women inside them. She does both casual and formal, as opposed to hard styling, brilliantly and prices aren’t too scary (cheapest thing in the store was a vest for $89.90, the most expensive being $259 for a fabulous dress). Beautifully cut pieces, sizes are s,m & l (large is not huge, think around a UK size 12/ US 8). She also has a Bugis Junction boutique (T: (+65) 6338 9011).
Opening Times: 11am-10pm daily
Wisma Atria (#02-09/10)
435 Orchard Road
T: (+65) 6235 5718
Perhaps best described as Singapore’s answer to DKNY: think clean lines and versatile workwear that you know won’t date. Ever. Conceived and designed by Vicky Tay who does not subscribe to big concept theatrics, but simply a feeling of what sells and what women actually want. Classic but modern cuts and fab fabrics that make you look $$$$ even if the clothes didn’t cost it (considering the quality and finish, this one’s pretty reasonable).
Opening Times: 10am-10pm daily
Marina Square (#02-323)
6 Raffles Boulevard
T: (+65) 6337 3726
A favourite. Preppy with a twist, figure flattering and structured. Singaporean Nic Wong is behind the label and his clothes are sold all over the world. The flagship store is at Marina Square and is a must. BTW: Don’t forget to visit his Stamford House shop (T: (+65) 6339 0223) which carries the sale and marked-down items.
Opening Times: 11am-9pm
Millenia Walk (#01-51)
9 Raffles Boulevard
T(+65) 6885 5506
His creations are based on seasons and while some are deliciously whimsical, others are structured and smart. A boutique without the eeeek…prices are not over the top and at the time of writing, the most expensive ready-to-wear item was $459 with the cheapest coming in at $129 (he sells the bulk of the r-t-w in both Japan and New York). What’s more, if you can’t find what you are looking for, or even if you can, he also offers a bespoke service, by appointment (prices start from $2,000). He also has another store at The Heeren (#04-06A/07; T: (+65) 67322886).
Opening Times: 11am-9.30pm daily
YU by EE-LYN TANG
8 Mohammed Sultan Road (#03-01)
Launched in November 2006, Yu, quite simply, rocks. They do an electric mix of unique dresses and separates – injected with a touch of quirkiness – the excuse to purchase being a cocktail party, wedding, after-work do or, frankly, whatever. Their excellent off-the-rack offerings are sold at Trixilini and online via www.cate.com.sg (see Boutiques section). Having honed her craft at Oscar de la Renta in New York, she also offers a bespoke service, by appointment, at the address listed above.
Opening Times: By appointment only