10 new stores worthy of your week

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10 new stores worthy of your week
10 new stores worthy of your week
02 Jun 2015

10 new stores worthy of your week

We know those weekend hours are precious, a rare pause in the otherwise-perpetual grind of life. Which is why so many of us spend them shopping in search of new ways to revitalise ourselves, our looks and our homes (well, there’s that and the free aircon). This weekend, treat yourself to trawling this bumper crop of interesting new boutiques.

1. WEEKENDS
1. WEEKENDS
02 Jun 2015

1. WEEKENDS

#B1-10 VivoCity

Why it’s worth your time: This aptly-named, Instagram-worthy lifestyle shop boasts 14 international brands from Europe and the US, 12 of which are unique to the store.

What you’ll find: Everything from hipster Alphabet Bags totes and prints-perfect stationery from Jonathan Alder, to these whimsical glass lamps that look like balloons from Czech brand Brokis. Guaranteed to make you feel like there’s a party in da house, all day err day.

2. Tulisan by Plus62
2. Tulisan by Plus62
02 Jun 2015

2. Tulisan by Plus62

#04-28 Mandarin Gallery Orchard

Why it’s worth your time: Artist Melissa Sunjaya is the founder of this popular Indonesian brand, which offers bags, homeware and stationery printed with her own illustrations.

What you’ll find: Pretty yet practical tote bags, backpacks and more, made using unbleached cotton canvas and eco-friendly water-based dyes. The best part? Everything is handcrafted in small batches.

3. The Tory Getaway Boutique (till 24 May)
3. The Tory Getaway Boutique (till 24 May)
02 Jun 2015

3. The Tory Getaway Boutique (till 24 May)

Outdoor atrium, Wisma Atria

Why it’s worth your time: This stylish pop-up shop by US label Tory Burch is inspired by the designer’s pool house in Southampton, New York, and features goodies from the Tory Burch swim collection.

What you’ll find: Nonchalantly chic looks to head to the pool or beach with, like flattering maillots and bikinis, on-trend espadrilles, caftans, sunglasses, hats and bags.

4. Rue Madame
4. Rue Madame
02 Jun 2015

4. Rue Madame

#03-13 Takashimaya Shopping Centre

Why it’s worth your time: Get head-to-toe Parisian chic at this one-stop shop founded by a Frenchwoman who belongs to a family of textile retailers.

What you’ll find: An eclectic range of smart-casual apparel from all over Europe, including from labels Athe by Vanessa Bruno, Tara Jarmon and IRO. Accessorise with modern gems by Didier Dubot and that ultra-French summer essential for your feet: Bensimon sneaks.

5. REDValentino
5. REDValentino
02 Jun 2015

5. REDValentino

#03-15 Takashimaya Shopping Centre

Why it’s worth your time: It’s been a long time coming, but this playful girly-glam line from Valentino is finally here. Think pieces as pretty as what the main collection offers, but with a more youthful, fresh and – best of all – affordable twist.

What you’ll find: Flirty floral skirts, tees with quirky prints, studded sandals and more, showcased in a darling pink-and-white boutique – the icing on the cake.

6. American Vintage
6. American Vintage
02 Jun 2015

6. American Vintage

#03-13B Takashimaya Shopping Centre

Why it’s worth your time: Sounds like a US brand, but this label actually hails from France and was founded by Marseille-born designer. Its specialty: luxe basics for women and men that can take you from work to weekend.

What you’ll find: Simple tees and clean-cut tops and dresses crafted from natural fabrics like silk and superfine Supima cotton. Pastel hues and graphic prints mark the women’s collection this season, while the men’s line features earthier tones.

7. Castaner
7. Castaner
02 Jun 2015

7. Castaner

#03-14 Takashimaya Shopping Centre

Why it’s worth your time: This Spanish espadrille maker has stayed true to its artisanal roots since founder Lorenzo Castaner set up his atelier in 1927, and its dedication to quality has resulted in partnerships with big brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Lanvin and more.

What you’ll find: Beautifully crafted espadrille sandals, loafers and wedges (with braided jute soles and rustic-chic fabrics) that are hand-stitched for more comfort and flexibility.

8. Bakker Made With Love Pop-up
8. Bakker Made With Love Pop-up
02 Jun 2015

8. Bakker Made With Love Pop-up

Level 3 Robinsons The Heeren

Why it’s worth your time: Former French ballet dancer Valerie Bakker-Mellink is now based in Indonesia and has started this socially-conscious line of women’s and children’s wear. Each piece is handmade in Bali by the local community and incorporates elements like manual printing, natural dyeing and hand weaving.

What you’ll find: The women’s collection includes comfy dresses, tops and bottoms, all with a relaxed fit that’s perfect for weekend lounging around. For the kids, there are adorable rompers, halter dresses and blazers featuring Bakker-Mellink’s cheerful prints.

Too comfy to get out of those PJs? Get your retail therapy fix at these two new online stores.

9. Collate The Label
9. Collate The Label
02 Jun 2015

9. Collate The Label

Why it’s worth your time: This Singaporean brand is by It girl Velda Tan and launched at Singapore Fashion Week 2015. Its philosophy: to offer well-designed womenswear at affordable prices (and with complimentary shipping to local addresses).

What you’ll find: The label’s debut collection – called Beyond The Borderline and inspired by the sea – is all about structured silhouettes that still offer freedom of movement. Think sleek pencil skirts split by curved panels, and slim-fit peplum tops in shades of sea-foam green, bedrock grey, starfish pink and more.

10. kate spade new york
10. kate spade new york
02 Jun 2015

10. kate spade new york

Why it’s worth your time: No need to crush with the crowd in town for your Kate Spade fix any more. The US label has launched an online store for Singapore offering an extensive range of its ready-to-wear, handbags, small leather goods and accessories. The best part: Free country-wide shipping within three days and a 14-day returns policy.

What you’ll find: Everything from Kate Spade’s signature totes to cute flamingo purses and quirky beach towels stamped with “Reserved” – exactly what you’ll want to do with every item here.

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