The cult boutiques to hit up in Singapore

The cult boutiques to hit up in Singapore

Fashion layover

Text: Andrea Sim

Here for the Singapore Grand Prix and inaugural Ultra Singapore music festival? Check out these cult retail spaces purveying both local and international's best — it's worth the pit stop

Housed in the new shopping mall adjacent to a historic piece of this sunny isle's cinematic beginnings (Capitol Theatre), Manifesto is the fashion junkie's haunt through and through. With the throng of under-the-radar, cult and local labels that make up its portfolio, the sprawling architectural space on level 2 of Capitol Piazza Mall is home to a tight selection of Lemaire, Maison Kitsuné, Surface To Air, Isabel Marant and local menswear label, Biro's goodies to name a few. Complemented with scents and accessories such as go-to French perfumer Dipytique and sunglass extraordinaire Linda Farrow, a shopping trip to Manifesto will hardly leave you wanting. Bonus: It's only a stone's throw away from the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Ultra Park, and sky-high night spots such as Cé La Vie. 


Manifesto, #02-19 
Capitol Piazza Mall, 13 Stamford Road
11am - 9pm Monday through Sunday

A space cultivated by one of Singapore's leading creatives Carolyn Kan who stays true to her roots. Also the founder and designer behind jewellery label Carrie. K, Keepers is anchored by Kan's quirky and oft times, whimsical take on precious metals, and is an astute reflection of her varied tastes. Furnished with knick knacks such as animal portrait wall plates straight out of her personal collection, this cosy nook in the National Design Centre is the place to embark on a multi-sensory journey. Apart from Carrie. K jewellery, meet the hand-poured candles, local spice pastes and organic skincare that Kan houses under one roof — affording curious shoppers a taste of Batu Lesung Spice Company, A Dose of Something Good, and Frank Skincare, respectively. 

Keepers, #02-03
National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road
12pm - 7pm Monday through Saturday

Also located at the National Design Centre, the Singapore arm of the Hong Kong-grown multi-label store is best known for its on-point curation of garments and accessories. Taking a wabi-sabi approach to their layout, hit up Kapok for a taste of discovery and the thrill of the hunt. Be it alternative clothing designs by local label Stolen, a collection of Singaporean old wives tales by My Mother Says or, jewellery crafted from upcycled mediums by All Things Green And Beautiful. Come prepared to drop a good hour or two sifting through the racks and displays. Visiting from around the region? Take a step towards androgyny with Kapok's gender-free house label designed with the Asian fit in mind, and fuel up after at the adjoining Cafe Kapok. 

111 Middle Road, National Design Centre
11am - 9pm Monday through Sunday 

The most lifestyle-centric boutique out of the lot, Supermama is for the individual who's drawn to all things beautiful. Perhaps not-so-secretly a hoarder, Edwin and Mei Ling — the couple behind the store — have put their keen eye to good use by growing a space for the like-minded to indulge in. Honouring craftsmanship by engaging the age-old skills of the Japanese, be treated to the finest porcelain plates, charming knick knacks with a colloquial flair, and a rack of menswear for the classic gent. 

Supermama Flagship Store
265 Beach Road
11am - 8pm Monday through Sunday

Nana & Bird is one of those places that feels entirely authentic. Instead of leading with an overarching theme, their portfolio reads like the personal taste of a fashion buff that's in-the-know. Supporting local and regional labels such as Of Trying Times (standout jewellery with organic designs) and Malaysian designer Cassey Gan, expect the uncoventional in one corner and the achingly minimalistic, next.  Also on board is Californian bag brand Building Block, known for purveying alluringly architectural leather accessories. Just think of Nana & Bird as rummaging through your style crush's wardrobe and jewellery box. 

Nana & Bird

Nana & Bird
1 Yong Siak Street
12pm - 7pm Monday through Friday, 11am - 7pm on Saturday and Sunday