While the nation is reeling from the shock of the imminent closure of Robinsons’ remaining stores in Singapore and Malaysia, smaller and indie retail shops are slowly but surely opening up around the island.
From secondhand fashion boutiques to art galleries and pop-ups, there’s plenty to shop from in Singapore if you’re looking for new places to visit. Here’s what we spotted in our little red dot.
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Monument Lifestyle, a lifestyle concept store that serves San Francisco coffee, tea and toast, will be opening its second store in Tiong Bahru neighbourhood. Expect womenswear, menswear and lifestyle design goods to be stocked here, with brands exclusive to Singapore.
Monument Lifestyle, 21 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru
The AC Collective
Taking over the corner unit where Crackerjack restaurant and ‘pocket bar’ Junior used to house is The AC Collective, a multi-lifestyle brand boutique that has postings in ‘unique and heritage buildings’ such as Joo Chiat and Raffles Hotel Arcade. This pop-up concept store will carry ethically produced collections ranging from home to fashion to kids to gifts to quirky keepsakes of Singapore. Shop from brands like Nodspark, Tara’s World, The Lab Frangrances and Palem.
The pop-up is said to last till the end of December 2020 so get your wallets ready in time for Christmas.
The AC Collective is at 43, Tanjong Pagar Road
Former fashion editor Susannah Jaffer founded Zerrin Studio and ethical multi-label brand boutique Zerrin to champion slow fashion and sustainability. While you can shop for fashion and beauty items from their online store, you may want to step into their annual pop-up space at The Social Space, Marina One to discover all their labels in person.
The pop-up will last till 8 December 2020.
The Social Space, 5 Straits View, #01-03 (Garden Tower), Marina One Residences Opposite Marina Bay MRT Exit B Singapore
Tiger & Arcadia
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From Dubai to Singapore with love; founder Andrea De Rosetto has opened her first Tiger and Arcadia outpost store in Joo Chiat. Rosetto aims to promote artisans and designers’ pieces from around the world including a large representation of French designers that continue to nourish Tiger & Arcadia’s universe.
Be prepared to be transported to a world of wonderland with unique and exotic finds such as armchairs from Malawi, Marrakech rugs and warrior masks.
317, Joo Chiat Road,427568
OnTheList is a members-only weekly flash sales concept which provides members with exclusive access to luxury brands at discounted prices, for a limited time. Founded in 2016 on the vision to reduce waste and minimise the environmental impact of the retail industry, OnTheList offers brands a sustainable solution for excess, past-season inventory by funnelling them into a wider consumer market and delivering a seamless omnichannel shopping experience, both in-store and through their online platform.
OnTheList has now opened a physical showroom at the newly revamped Change Alley Mall, for all your shopping needs. Explore fashion brands like Diane Von Furstenberg to Monica Vinader with discounts up to 80%. As their weekly flash sales change frequently, shoppers are advised to visit www.onthelist.sg or follow OnTheList on Facebook, Instagram and Telegram.
Change Alley Mall #02-20, 30 Raffles Place, Singapore 04862
White Space Art Asia
After spending 22 years at Paragon Mall, White Space Art Asia gallery will be relocating to a bigger gallery space in Tiong Bahru.
According to their Facebook post, the owners shared that it was not “goodbye but a brand new beginning in our new home at Tiong Bahru.”
From now till 30 November, White Space Art Asia presents Modern Ink exhibition, where viewers will be presented with contemporary ink works by Xu Hua Xin, Huang Hong Tao, Shen Zi Yao and Xie Chong - artists who are reshaping the rules of classical ink painting traditions.
White Space Asia, 1H Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru
Hatch Art Project
Contemporary art gallery Hatch Art Project, which opened in 2018 on the first floor of Asia Square Tower 1, has now relocated to Tiong Bahru. Hatch is focused on promoting the arts in Singapore by giving young artists from all around Asia a platform to showcase their works, share their creativity and engage the public.
Through exhibitions, workshops, community outreach, and digital content creation expect art that is not only visually arresting but also works that explores the current social climate in Asia with a global context.
Hatch Art Project, 7 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru
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