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Best local online shopping sites

Avoid the crowds and bag a good buy – from your hotel room

These days, you don’t have to pay full price for in-season brands when you can get them at a discount. Enter Klareti, another player in the luxury-for-less game, launched in January. The name is a homonym for ‘clarity’, to represent their motto, which is always to be transparent with customers in terms of the quality, pricing and authenticity of their goods. Their focus is solely on leather goods like clutches, satchels, wallets, pouches and shoulder bags from labels such as Celine, Chanel, Miu Miu, Prada and Valentino, all offering 20 to 40 percent off regular prices and free delivery. So far, they’ve got 13 brands and more than 120 products (60 percent of which are from the current season), but expect new stuff every month, as well as a new men’s section.

Singapore’s answer to Asos.com, Zalora has an impressive roster of more than 100 labels, many of them local, including the likes of alldressedup, Nicholas and ELOHIM by SABRINAGOH. International brands include Ksubi and True Religion, with an impressive range of shoes like Chinese trainer brands Feiyue and Shulong. With many cheaper than in the shops, delivery is free and everything comes with a 30-day return policy. In other words, we like.


This online store sells international cosmetic brands for men and women – and delivers for free the next business day. A good majority of the brands are from North America and exclusive to Luxola.com for the Singapore market: Deborah Lippmann, FACE Atelier, Julie Hewett, Sleek MakeUp, Grooming Lounge (for Men). 

Set up in January, it’s the only retailer in town to stock high-end Aussie brand Camilla – which is known for its vibrant, bright prints on breezy kaftans and dresses – along with other luxurious labels from Down Under like Zimmermann and Coco Ribbon. If you’d like to try on the clothes in person, stop by their showroom (#03-06, 38 Kim Tian Rd) – or make a party out of it by turning it into a private soiree, complete with the founders’ favourite Cs: coffee, cupcakes, champagne, camembert and, of course, clothes. Delivery is free and within 48 hours.


Chic Stash
Founded by expat sisters Dianne Conti and Denise Palladino, who claim to be ‘crazy about fashion, saving our planet and obsessed with helping women unlock the tremendous value stored in their closets’,  Chic Stash gives eco-chic online shoppers the opportunity to buy and resell lightly-worn designer pieces. They stock brands like DKNY, Banana Republic, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen and Prada priced at up to 90 percent off the retail price, and new items added daily. If you’re worried about buying pre-loved clothes, don’t fret: the quality control team verifies the authenticity and closely checks the condition of every seller’s items. They’ve also got extra services like free closet consultations, personal shoppers and style workshops.

The Fashion Benefit
All about ‘fashion that makes a difference’, The Fashion Benefit makes sure all its items come from local and international labels that advocate social responsibility and environmental sustainability, such as Indego Africa, Ruby Rocks, Aijek, Skunkfunk and Edge of Ember. Founded by banker-turned-entrepreneur Jane Ong in October, this online platform features plenty of fair trade, recycling and non-exploitation manufacturing in their products (which the site promotes as ‘fair fashion’). With items at a discount of up to 70 percent, it’s a great way to look good and feel good while contributing to causes that serve to help the less privileged. 


This unique, design-focused shop offers everything from home furnishings to stylish threads, funky accessories, kitchen ware, cool gadgets, artisanal food items, and even limited edition art collectibles for every member of the family. As co-founder Deborah Wee says, ‘we are inspired by the classic VW camper van that was a cultural icon in the ’60s – the van embodied uniqueness, colour and choosing your own path in life. So we focus on products that were borne out of a designer’s inspiration and creativity.’ HipVan highlights new brands and emerging designers on their newsletter each week, so be sure to sign up for their updates.

Modajar caters to bold style-savvy shoppers (of both genders) who love to express themselves freely with sartorial choices. The multi-label online retailer boasts established and emerging brands from Europe and Asia like House of Holland, LIE by Lie Sang Bong, Hartford and Mauro Gasperi – niche names that can be hard to find elsewhere – so you probably won’t spot another fashionista donning the same outfit. The styles featured run from trendy, contemporary cuts to sleek, sophisticated looks and minimalist pieces boasting avant-garde elements, with new brands and stocks coming in during the Spring/ Summer and Autumn/Winter seasons, and basic essentials and jewellery offered in between. Bonus: you get the added excitement of unwrapping your purchases from their pretty little white and orange gift boxes.


Tate & Tonic
Guys, listen up. If shopping isn’t your favourite thing or you simply can’t spare the time, check out Tate & Tonic. The website provides a customised personal shopping service for men – all you have to do is fill out your style profile, size measurements and brand preferences online (their stylists will get in touch with you for follow-up questions), and they’ll send a box chock full of new clothes, shoes and accessories right to your door. Brands carried include Tommy Hilfiger, Zara, Paul Smith, Fred Perry and River Island. If what you’ve ordered isn’t to your liking after all, just send it all back free of charge – both shipping and returns are complimentary. 


Jacqueline L

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