Does Singapore have a style? Contrary to popular belief (by outsiders, usually) most Singaporeans do in fact have a regard for personal style and looking good. And no, it isn’t always anything-goes (or “Chapalang”, a local slang for a mixture of random things). We Singaporeans are known for many things: our love for good food is one, but it’s high time we are known for our unique style as well. There’s plenty of great fashion to be found within Singapore, and over the years we've amassed a strong collective of homegrown labels for men and women alike.
Some of the homegrown brands that have successfully penetrated the overseas market include men’s shoe label Ed Et Al, menswear label Raoul, artisan jeweller Carrie K, couturist Ashley Isham and women’s clothier Cassey Gan. KEEPERS: Singapore Designer Collective, a boutique along Orchard Road houses the largest collection of local designers in one place. While not exactly an Asian style capital like Japan and Korea, tons of boutique shops can be found around the island, a number of them concentrated in trendy and gentrified areas like Tiong Bahru, Bugis’ Haji Lane, and of course, the Orchard Road shopping belt.
Many international fashion houses have set up shop at the major shopping malls in Singapore, especially in the inner city, so it’s a piece of cake finding luxury brands like Prada, Burberry, Bally, Montblanc, and high street ones such as Zara, Topshop, and even Uniqlo.