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Where to buy local brands

We're big supporters of Singapore's designers and to prove it we've rounded up of our favorite stores that stock local products. 

By Joyce See | Nov 21, 2014

  • Where to buy local brands
    Products found at Supermama
  • Where to buy local brands
    Kapok
  • Where to buy local brands
    Products found at The Little Drom Store
  • Where to buy local brands
    The Damn Good Shop
  • Where to buy local brands
    Products found at FARM
  • Where to buy local brands
    Tyrwhitt General Company
  • Where to buy local brands
    Red Dot Design Museum
  • Where to buy local brands
    Products found at Cat Socrates
  • Where to buy local brands
    Products found at Naiise

Supermama

Home to an interesting collection of trinkets, home ware and objet d'arts created by local (and Japanese) designers, the neat displays, white walls and potted plants give this understated space a wonderful sense of calm. One local brand to take note of is the boutique's own in-house label, Democratic Society, which works with Asian designers and art studios in Singapore to create thoughtful, functional items with a distinct identity. Their products cover everyday items like stationery and table ware, with their first collection drawing its inspiration from key Singapore icons, transforming them into motifs on porcelain plates. 

Kapok

This spacious multi-label lifestyle store might hail from Hong Kong but it does boast a good handful of local designers among the 100 niche labels it stocks. Those labels include womenswear line Stolen, a specialist in sharp, backless dresses, and Saught, which makes beautiful jewelry using materials salvaged from landmines and unexploded ordnance.

The Little Drom Store

Expect the memories to come flooding back as you step into this quirky store filled with retro merchandise like tin toys, vintage fashion and old cameras. Helmed by ad- and design-industry veterans Stanley Tan and Antoinette Wong, they often collaborate with local brands, working to incorporate local traits into their beautifully designed items. Think a magnet that says 'chope' or postcards emblazoned with uniquely Singaporean phrases like "steady pom pi pi". 

The Damn Good Shop

Started by the cool folks behind local social media marketing agency Goodstuph, this emporium houses one-off vintage wares, local labels and limited edition products by Singaporean companies. Those include retro eyewear brand Mystic Vintage and eye-catching artwork by design company FLABSLAB. All the items on sale here are pretty much collectibles, handpicked by the owner, well-known PR guru Pat Law.

FARM

Curated by a young team of passionate art enthusiasts, FARM’s colorful and highly original collection of products are all made in Singapore and aim to represent the country’s culture and history. You’ll find classic games like ‘five stones’, pretty tote bags with designs of old Chinese calendars, and drinking glasses with funny catchphrases in Singlish printed on them.

Tyrwhitt General Company

Neighbor to hip coffee spot Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH), this retro-fitted boutique stocks a wide range of artisanal goods—wallets, watches, tablewares, books, artwork and more. An advocate of the traditional artisan movement, they provide a platform for emerging and established labels like local brand Oldman Handmade that's specializes in men's accessories and homegrown minimalist watch brand Hypergrand.They also run workshops like leather crafting, planting and silkscreening for participants to deepen their appreciation of good design and craftmanship

Design Museum Shop

If you’re after something more cutting-edge, then why not visit the Design Museum Shop located at the ground floor of the Red Dot Design Museum. The store features an assortment of award-winning products ranging from Bluetooth-enabled speakers by Singapore-based company Xmi, to postcards of Singapore with quirky illustrations. They also stock Red Dot’s yearbooks that showcase the latest design innovations and concepts.

Cat Socrates

Located at the unassuming Bras Basah Complex this cosy indie store is jam packed with everything from whimsical collectibles to novelty trinkets. Their hot sellers include scrapbooking essentials, cutesy stationery, tin robots, and their prized ‘moustache’ collection (pouches, umbrellas, you name it). Some of the more noteworthy local brands that they carry are Momshoo who put out whimsical knitted accessories and Wheniwasfour, a brand that turns childhood memories like Potong ice cream into cute miniature pins. 

Naiise

This online clothing, homeware and accessories boutique stocks over 250 brands from both local and international emerging designers. Named after the Singlish word, "Naiise", this brand aims to evoke those exact emotions through the products they sell, while dispelling the idea that design has to be high-brow. Local brands they sell include coasters specialists, The Coaster People and Simitaiji, a brand that pays homage to Singaporean identity through utilizing classic phrases and logos and utilizing them on everything from kitchen mittens and t-shirts.

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