Were you as bummed out by the sudden closing of Chillax Market as we were, mama? The good news is that just about everything can still be had in Singapore; here’s where to find it all!
Last weekend word started to spread that Chillax Market at the Grandstand had closed suddenly and unexpectedly. This was obviously a bummer for anyone who was a fan of its eclectic collection of fashion, toys and homewares, but it also, sadly, left many of its more than 60 tenants (mostly small business owners) in the lurch. Because we loved so much of what Chillax had to offer, and because we’re all for supporting local businesses (many of them mama-run!), we wanted to let you know where you can continue to find your favourite Chillax products across Singapore, whether online or in stores. And if you had no idea what Chillax was to begin with, now’s your chance to discover a whole range of awesome local brands. Happy shopping as always, mamas!
This is a homegrown brand with a real passion for high quality yoga products that goes hand in hand with a love for nature. Eco-conscious items are made from natural materials wherever possible — from mats, to bags, to pretty necklaces and bracelets, they’re all about livin’ that yoga lifestyle, mama.
For more info: Visit their showroom by appointment at 67 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #07-02, Singapore 139950, Tel: (+65) 6778 2049, www.madana.com.sg
Time after Time
Thank goodness this boho collection of hand-embroidered dresses, accessories, home decor and handcrafted jewellery has its own shop on Haji Lane — Bukit Timah mamas are just gonna have to go further to get it, now!
For more info: 62 Haji Lane Singapore 189255, Tel: (+65) 6293 0332, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.timeaftertimeshop.com
This socially-motivated resort fashion brand manages to combine influences from the vibrant cultures of both Brazil and Bali. We’re particularly big fans of their “Ladli” label of cover-ups, dresses, kaftans and more for both mamas and little girls; everything is handmade with 100% cotton in Jaipur.
Stockists in Singapore: Curators Den in Great World City and Kolombiana in Haji Lane
For more info: www.balizashop.com
Yosi Samra @ JustTangy.com
Got a think for watches, jewellery and other accessories? This trendy online boutique curates the hippest designs from all over the world, including the covetable “foldable flats” from NYC label Yosi Samra.
Got a penchant for the exotic, mama? Kakuna produces beautiful, ethically sourced snakeskin products, handmade clutches, and glass beaded jewellery from Indonesia. Treat yourself!
For more info: email@example.com, Tel: (+65) 91831659, www.kakuna.net
Ribbon & Roses
We LOVE the dresses from this homegrown brand, all of which are cut beautifully and seem to come in the prettiest prints and fabrics (at totally reasonable prices, to boot!). Their online shopping site also carries a nice selection of accessories, gifts and homewares, and you can often find them at pop-ups and fairs around town.
Stockists in Singapore:
For more info: www.ribbonandroses.com, Tel: (+65) 8128 8176
What the Frock?!
These gorgeous dresses are designed in Singapore and Hong Kong, using luxurious silk and jersey fabrics to create a super stylish range of ever-popular wrap dresses. DVF, eat your heart out, what the frock?! knows how to dress ladies in Asia best!
These comfortable, stylish, and durable sandals are handmade by a family business in Minorca, Spain. The antidote to the common espadrille (and a favourite of the Spanish royal family), they come in all sorts of beautiful colours and textures — including sizes for littlies!
For more info: email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.helloverano.com
Who doesn’t love a good shirt dress? You can dress them up for work, they’re super comfy for running errands, and you always just look well put together. These high-quality dresses feature the best possible finish (French seams, whip-knot finish buttons, the ultimate cotton) resulting in a totally timeless and luxurious shirt dress that lasts for years. And of course they’ve got belts to match, too! Shop online or email for more info, mama.
This designer boutique is all about bringing Asia’s most talented young designers to your doorstep, with cult brands from Korea, Japan and Taiwan that produce beautifully crafted and affordable clothes and accessories. Be sure to check out their website, mama!
For more info: www.thetrueboutique.com, Tel: (+65) 9167 6302, email@example.com
Maxi dresses, kaftans, jumpsuits, slip dresses and more — could this line be any more perfect for Singapore?! Available in comfy lightweight fabrics like cotton and rayon, and coming in sizes 8-18, Indii is all about catering to the tropical lifestyle for girls and ladies. Find them online and at pop-ups around town.
Elyse and I
LOVE these cool, artisanal bags and accessories that seem individually crafted to fit each person’s lifestyle. Check them out for a limited time at their pop-up at Isetan Scotts, mama.
For more info: www.elyseandi.com
Aquariva is a women’s resortwear label that embodies fresh Riviera elegance with a modern twist. Their looks are classic, colourful and worn with an easy elegance and a dash of cool.
OMG how much do we love this beautifully designed jewellery, where every single piece is unique? Equally inspired by nature and geometric shapes, every [in]TRIGUE piece is designed right here in Singapore and handcrafted with precision.
We’ve long loved this curated edit of contemporary fashion and fine jewellery, from the hand-crafted to the hard-to-find. While we’ll miss ogling these pieces in person, they’ve got a fab website for easy online shopping, and you can often find them at pop-up sales around town.
For more info: www.annielka.com, Tel: (+65) 9022 7740, firstname.lastname@example.org
This e-gallery showcases absolutely stunning jewellery and accessories produced by Latin American designers, including their most popular brand, TARBAY (pictured above). One of everything, please!
For more info: www.neblyna.sg, email@example.com, Tel: (+65) 9632 1716
This Singapore-based swimwear brand focuses on functional design, attention to detail, and of course pretty prints and stylish cuts. Visit their Haji Lane showroom (free delivery in Singapore!), or look for them at pop-ups and fairs around the island.
For more info: 16A Haji Lane, Singapore 189209, Tel: (+65) 6816 9980, www.augustsociety.com
Stoned by Q (SBQ)
Love Singapore’s home-grown handbag and accessories store Quintessential? Then you’ll definitely want to check out their in-house jewellery brand, Stoned by Q. It’s all about affordable luxury, with each piece combining semi-precious stones set within 18kt or 22kt gold-polish over brass. Also be sure to check out their in-house handbags, Clutch Me by Q!
For more info: Quintessential, 9 Scotts Road, #02-01 Pacific Plaza, Singapore 228210, Tel: (+65) 6738 4811, www.quintessential.com.sg
Calling all shoe and sandal lovers! These gorgeous Spanish avarcas are handmade out of leather on the sunny island of Menorca – we especially love their platforms and espadrilles. Check out their boutique at I12 Katong, or find them at other fine shops around Singers, mama.
Stockists in Singapore: I12 Katong (first floor), 112 East Coast Road, Singapore 428802; Also at Isetan Scotts and Takashimaya (B2 through 8 May; then moving to Level 2)
For more info: www.facebook.com/RIAMenorcaSEA
Vintage is the name of the game with this super-cool homewares brand, from gorgeous trinket boxes and cabinets, to vintage-inspired cushions and throws.
Stockists in Singapore: Metro Orchard (Cushion Collection only) Level 5, 176 Orchard Road, Centrepoint, Singapore 238843 and Takashimaya, 391 Orchard Road Singapore 238824. B1, Interior Department, www.hipvan.com
Can’t get enough of Turkish towels (so absorbent! So colourful! So quick-drying!)? Summer Moments has got you covered (quite literally).
There’s more than meets the eye with this gorgeous and unique artwork on canvas and metal. Kildi photo focuses on Singapore’s beautiful Peranakan heritage, also producing postcards and holiday cards with Singapore’s most iconic sights.
Live Love Africa
In support of their mission of “Bringing the colours of South Africa to your home”, this purveyor of beautiful homewares, jewellery, artwork and fabrics also supports lots of local artisans through training and employment. Fortunately you can still find them nearby at PasarBella and at various pop-up events.
For more info: www.liveloveafrica.com
Diana Francis Art
Looking for a unique souvenir, gift, or memento to commemorate your time here, mama? Diana Francis is a British fine artist based in Singapore who focuses on capturing Singapore’s heritage. Available pieces include limited edition fine art prints along with customised oil on canvas commissions — check out her studio near Holland Village!
All the chicest playrooms seem to feature these lovely baskets, and we hear they’ve expanded into a collection of beautiful chairs and other pieces of home decor. You can find Bohemian at fairs and pop-ups around Singapore, or keep an eye out for their popular warehouse sale!
We are obsessed with this gorgeous home fragrance line, which includes reed diffusers, candles, hand lotions and washes. Ethically made in Vietnam using the highest quality essentially oils and ingredients – and sold in the finest shops all over the world (Harrods in the UK, Barney’s in the US…you get the idea) – Cochine is thankfully available at a wide array of shops across Singapore. Click the link for deets, mama!
For more info: www.cochine.com
These colourful, funky collage-style artworks are the perfect way to commemorate time in Singapore, mama, and we love that they can even be personalised. Check their website for more info, or find out which upcoming fairs and pop-ups they’ll be at through their Facebook page.
Ashley and Co
Founded by a husband and wife duo 10 years ago in New Zealand, these luxe modern-day home fragrance and body products come in seven signature scents that are matched in coolness and quality by their innovative design and packaging. You can find them at hip spots around Singapore, or online.
Fun Living Asia
Designed in Europe and manufactured in Asia, these are beautiful, hand-painted kitchenware products that are sure to brighten up any home, mama. They’ve also got a nice little range of Singapore souvenir mugs.
For more info: www.funlivingasia.com
Shh! Art and Design
A contemporary range of iconic Singapore prints, framed and available in various colours and sizes, with all prints available for personalisation. Look out for the launch of new colours at the Stork’s Nest Family Sale on 28 May, mama!
Think Pink… Blue
Does your munchkin love playing dress-up, or have a particular penchant for fairies? This super cute shop has a wide range of fun and magical gifts and clothes for children, encouraging creative play for both girls and boys!
For more info: www.thinkpinkblue.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: (+65) 97933900
Kerry and Mase
This chic handmade and organic children’s label offers the most gorgeous range of silk and organic cotton rompers and jumpsuits (not to mention those delicious moccasins — OMG). In fact they were most recently featured in our April That Mama interview on the baby of the super stylish Bella Koh!
For more info: www.kerryandmase.com
White and Black Trading
If you’re on the hunt for a Micro Scooter (and let’s be honest, what mama in Singapore isn’t?), head to their official Singapore distributor, which also happens to carry Penny Skateboards, Smateria bags and accessories, Quick Play football nets, and much more.
For more info: www.whiteandblacktrading.com
This sweet little online shop features oh-so adorable childrenswear, specialising in 100% organic cotton clothes for littlies from newborn to 6 years old. They also carry books, wooden toys, Little Jellycat plushies, stylish feeding accessories and much, much more.
Clare Pannell Designs
When a cheezy card from the supermarket just won’t do, head to this gorgeous stationer for personalised stationery and bespoke invitations, along with beautiful greeting cards and notecards (check out their lovely ‘New Baby’ line – too cute!).
Stockists in Singapore: Check their website for stationery info, and find a selection of their greeting cards at Times Bookshops, Tanglin Mall and Cluny Court.
For more info: www.clarepannell.com