Big international brands have got nothing on these Singaporean independent lifestyle boutiques that stock the unique and the quirky. So, forget combing department stores or shopping things online only to be grossly overcharged for shipping, because these 11 cool shops in Singapore are offering carefully-curated products for stylish customers – chances are, you’ll find just what you’re looking for and plenty more, from clothing and accessories to furniture and jewellery.
Love the laid back vibes of Southern California? You’ll find the same good feeling at Monument Lifestyle, the Duxton Hill boutique stocked with a well-curated collection of men’s fashion, lifestyle, and household items from the US. Admire the custom Deus Ex Machine surfboards and shop for some high-quality gifts, including Hari Mari flip flops, portable barbecues from Gentlemen’s Hardware, a collapsible travel cup from Izola, Happy Socks, and Imperial pomades; then, try the Four Barrel coffee from the cafe, along with some tasty artisanal toast.
Brands to look out for: Ridley’s, Faherty, Hari Mari, Hanz de Fuko, P.F. Candle
Monument Lifestyle is located at 75 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089534, p. +65 6304 8077. Open Mon-Fri 8am – 7pm, Sat 10am – 6pm.
Located in the heart of town, the cutting-edge Actually carries an eclectic mix of premium streetwear brands such as Freitag, Dr. Denim, Lazy Oaf, and a number of other concept labels. With a playful shop interior (you’ll find the place littered with toys), the store constantly switches up and rotates the items on the shelf, so you’ll always find something new to covet.
Brands to look out for: Underground, SSUR, Elwood, Long Clothing, Spitfire Sunglasses, Ooh La La
Actually is located at orchardgateway, 277 Orchard Rd #03-18, Singapore 238858, p. +65 6735 3118. Open daily 10.45am – 9.30pm.
Supplies & Co.
Taking great pride in its attention to detail, Supplies & Co. doesn’t just focus on the aesthetics of a product – durability and practicality are also taken into account. Their Orchard location boasts a modern and sophisticated interior decor, and is truly impressive when coupled with its range of international men’s apparel, homeware, accessories, and even furniture.
Brands to look out for: Engineered Garments, OAMC, Public School, Digawel, John Elliot, White Mountaineering, Boris Bidjan Saberi
Supplies & Co. is located at Park House, 21 Orchard Blvd #01-23, Singapore 248645, p. +65 6694 3009. Open Tue-Sat 12pm – 8pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm.
From the same folks behind Haji Lane’s Soon Lee (an apparel haven for womenfolk), Rockstar speaks a quieter, more laid-back, and undoubtedly more hipster language. With stylish clothing for both men and women, and lifestyle products like magazines, accessories, and terrariums (because why not?), the light, bright, and airy store is designed for the well-travelled, the fun, and the confident.
Brands to look out for: KEDS, Pointers Footwear, Curious Creatures, Sandqvist, Marshall, Yosi Samra
Rockstar is located at Cathay Cineleisure, 8 Grange Rd, Singapore 239695, p. +65 6836 8201. Open 11.30am – 9.30pm daily.
Nana & Bird
Initially conceived as a pop-up concept store, Nana & Bird now has two outlets in Tiong Bahru stocking lifestyle and fashion products curated by co-founders Georgina Koh and Tan Chiew Ling. Curating independent designers and emerging labels (think trinkets and exciting pieces of clothing for the ladies) from all around the world, their philosophy is to only sell what they love. Our suggestion? Just go to both!
Brands to look out for: Samuji, Cassey Gan, RYE, Aijek, N12H, Building Block, Ying
Nana & Bird is located at 79 Chay Yan St, #01-02, Singapore 160079 and 59 Eng Hoon St #01-65, Singapore 160059. Open Mon-Fri 12pm – 7pm, Sat-Sun 11am – 7pm.
Gallery & Co.
Housed within National Gallery Singapore, Gallery & Co. serves as a progressive retail and F&B destination, comprising a bookstore, cafe, bar, and even a party venue on occasion. You’ll find wares and merchandise such as umbrellas and soaps inspired and designed by local, Southeast Asian, as well as international artists and creatives. Oh, and merchandise from ongoing exhibitions too.
Brands to look out for: Jujumade, Rock and Pebble, Willmann Vase, La De Dah Kids, Oooze, NAÏF
Gallery & Co. is located at National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Rd #01–05, Singapore 178957. Open Sun-Wed 11am – 7pm, Thu-Sat 11am – 12am.
Originally a hot favourite among Hong Kong hipsters, our own local variety now have easy and (relatively) cheap access to their street cult brands. kapok features plenty of quality regional and Hong Kong designers, complete with a good selection of locally-designed fashion, jewellery, and lifestyle products. At the National Design Centre outlet, there’s also an in-store cafe where people can meet and be inspired.
Brands to look out for: Native Union, RAINS, Sundays, Kuru Design, Olivia Burton Watches, Common Projects
kapok is located at National Design Centre, 111 Middle Rd #01-05, Singapore 188969 and TANGS, 310 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238864.
At Naiise, it’s all about the best of everyday designs. Whether it’s furniture, homewares, decoration pieces, foodstuff, accessories, jewellery, gadgets, wallets and bags you need, they have some 24,000 products from over 1000 emerging and established brands from around the world. With a strong focus on ‘made in Singapore’, new products and brands are added on a regular basis. And with so many outlets island wide, shopping at Naiise is a breeze.
Brands to look out for: SCENE SHANG, Grace Smiths, Citystate Beads, Mujjo, Gnome & Bow, Straits Preserves
Bringing you over 600 independent local makers from across the globe is Megafash and its passion for local-made crafts. Similar to Naiise in concept, you’ll find a super rad range of lifestyle products, homewares, and even work supplies, including curry puff cushions, hipster-esque notebooks, and reindeer iPhone casings – all made with lots of heart, soul, and the good stuff.
Brands to look out for: Freshly Pressed Socks, Nom Nom Plush, Shelby, Bobino, Eyedeer, The Paper Bunny
Megafash is located at Suntec City, Marina Square, Jurong Point, JEM, 100AM, Tanjong Pagar Centre, and Katong 112. All outlets open daily 11am – 10pm.
This charming indie boutique is where you’ll find the quirkiest accessories, homewares, pots, and plants, and stationery, sourced from the region and also in Singapore. Aside from making great souvenirs and decoration, these in your opportunity to show the world your eccentric side. Head to the Joo Chiat outlet for larger scale items like gardening tools, furniture, and kitchenware, and to Bras Basah for postcards, books, and clothing.
Brands to look out for: KOMESHOP, Kusuguru, YIZI, Now&Then
Cat Socrates is located at 448 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427661, p. +65 6348 0863 & 231 Bain St, #02-25 Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231, p. +65 6333 0870. Open Tue-Sun 12.30pm – 9.30pm and Mon-Sat 12pm – 8pm, Sun 1pm – 7pm respectively.
Now in its sixth year, Keepers is the brainchild of Carolyn Kan – who’s also the founder of well-known homegrown brand Carrie K. Its new concept store at National Design Centre sees over 40 handpicked Singapore brands, designers, artists, and craftsmen across fashion, furnishings, and food. This is a great place for discovering new talent, as the products on offers are refreshed every two months. Want to pick up a new skill? Try your hand at a variety of regular crafts workshops facilitated by designers and artists!
Brands to look out for: Pin Tea, Fossa Chocolate, My Rabbit Hole Mimosa, Kultskins
Keepers is located at #01-01, National Design Centre, Singapore 188969, p. +65 8749 6454. Open daily 12pm – 8pm.