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The best local online shopping sites in Singapore

Avoid the crowds and bag a good buy – all without leaving your home or room

Delfina Utomo
Cheryl Sekkappan
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Delfina Utomo
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Cheryl Sekkappan
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It's not just about Amazon, Lazada and Redmart when it comes to online shopping in Singapore. There are also local online stores that let you stock up on books, tea, wireless headphones and more to get through the stay-in season. Now you don't even have to look cute to go out. Sink into the couch in your loungiest sweatpants and click away.

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Fashion

  • Shopping
  • Boutiques
  • Tampines

For tasteful, versatile wear

On its online store are fashion-forward pieces that work well from boardroom to bar. Expect a trendy mix of edgy, playful and plain minimal dresses, tops and trousers. En route to sustainability, the label is also designing more pieces made using sustainable fabrics like linen and lyocell. The Editor's Market has also expanded its range – stocking tasteful jewellery from the brand Afterall, as well as lifestyle products like homeware, kitchenware, bags and magazines from brands like Stojo, Kydra Activewear, Baggu and Superga. 

Our Barehands
Photograph: Shermaine Law x Our Barehands

Our Barehands

For fashion that does good 

Social enterprise Our Barehands partners with artisan communities all over world to create beautiful and affordable apparel and accessories. Shop for handwoven leather shoes made by craftsmen in India, tailored basics by a refugee sewing community in Malaysia, and uniquely patterned bags that show off the skill and artistry of the Wayuu weavers in Venezuela. With every purchase, you're contributing to the sustainable and dignified livelihoods of these communities. 

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Baju Mama Vintage
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Baju Mama Vintage

For unique vintage finds

Co-founded by singer-songwriter Lou Peixin in 2016, Baju Mama Vintage sells affordably priced vintage wear and accessories from the 1950s to 1990s. These items have been thoughtfully handpicked from all over the world, and lovingly restored a mint (or as close to mint) condition as possible. Find antique brooches from the 50s, a disco-inspired John Norman swing dress from the 60s, a natural emerald-cut ruby halo ring from the 80s, and many more retro finds on the dedicated online store.

  • Shopping
  • Fashion
  • Orchard

For timeless silhouettes 

Founded in 2012, In Good Company initially carried only womenswear but has since launched its first menswear collection in 2017 and expanded into Indonesia and Thailand. This quietly confident brand steers clear of trends and releases limited collections each year. The curated collection includes their womenswear, menswear and children's wear which is known for its timeless silhouettes and quality fabrics; and also books, accessories, scented candles and chocolates.

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Zerrin
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Zerrin

For the sustainable shopper

Think of Zerrin as your online hub when it comes to sustainable fashion. Founded in 2017, it stocks clothing, jewellery, skincare and accessories from sustainable and ethical brands. Discerning shoppers can also look upon Zerrin as their resource for news, updates and happenings in the sustainable fashion and beauty industry through its online magazine.

By Invite Only
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By Invite Only

For beautiful minimalist jewellery

Promising customers the freedom to express themselves while keeping things affordable, By Invite Only stocks elegant and modern jewellery ideal for everyday wear. Staying true to the brand's belief that jewellery should exist to embellish and not clutter, its minimalist pieces look great on their own and can also be layered up for a unique look. The best part is its mission of sustainability: its packaging is plastic-free and only conflict-free metals are used.

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Zalora
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Zalora

To keep up with trends

Singapore’s answer to Asos, Zalora has an impressive roster of more than 100 labels, including local brands like Pomelo for the trendiest threads – even if it's just for home, Melissa for its cute footwear and Skin Inc for skincare. First-time shoppers get to enjoy discounts, on top of the seasonal deals Zalora offers. 

The Authority
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The Authority

For minimalist but trendy pieces for men

Inspired by minimalist Korean streetwear, The Authority shows you that men don't always have to shop from the usual suspects. Browse through mandarin-collared shirts, loose-fit t-shirts, work shirts and trousers that look good for going out – when this 'circuit breaker' is lifted of course.

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  • Shopping
  • Tiong Bahru

For non-high street and trendy pieces

Known for its curated collection of clothes and accessories, now you can shop online at Nana & Bird for beaded necklaces, feather earrings, tote bags and simple but fashionable apparel. The latest collection focuses on comfortable silhouettes and floral prints that are perfect for lounging at home with a stylish edge. 

Beauty and wellness

Dr. Enzyme
Photography: Dr. Enzyme

Dr. Enzyme

Holistic body care 

Dr. Enzyme's holistic line of products are plant-based and rooted in traditional Chinese herbology. All its products use fermented botanicals – like the ones you would see at an old-school medicine hall – such as ginseng, ginger and mugwort. The Therapy Body Wash ($19.90) has a botanical cocktail mix of rose, pomelo peel, lychee, grapefruit, pineapple and more.

Mmerci Encore
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Mmerci Encore

Essential oils are essential

Add scents to your life (and your shopping cart) with handcrafted artisanal aromatherapy goods from Mmerci Encore. With blends that can uplift your mood or wind you down nicely for the evening, the shop holds an endless combination of oils, mists, perfumes and body cleansers. 

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Beauty Emporium
Photograph: Spa Esprit

Beauty Emporium

For all beauty junkies

Shop skincare, makeup and even a mask for your vulva, Beauty Emporium is a one-stop-shop for some of the best homegrown beauty brands like Luxe Botanics, W.ant Skincare, We Need A Hero, Browhaus and more. Miss getting massages? Order some body wash blended with essential oils from Spa Esprit.

A.muse Projects
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A.muse Projects

Keep calm and drink tea

If staying zen at home is important to you, browse through the interesting tea blends and accompanying tea-drinking accessories at A.muse Projects. Have some time on your hands? Have fun creating and naming your very own personal blend. The online service lets you choose a base (green, black, herbal, oolong or pu'erh) and build the tea by adding a floral, fruity or herbaceous element to it.

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escentials
  • Shopping
  • Cosmetics
  • Raffles Place

For luxe fragrances 

Get all your beauty needs under one roof at escentials. The multi-label store carries luxury and contemporary beauty and fragrance brands from around the world including Floraïku, Byredo, Diptyque, Jeffree Star Cosmetics and Lancer Skincare. Need a good room spray now that you're indoors more? Start stocking up here.

Hush
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Hush

For homegrown aromatherapy items

Artificial scents and chemical wax-based candles are a thing of the past. Made with natural soy wax, infused with aromatherapy essential oils, Hush Candle's products are made in small batches to ensure consistent quality and lower cost, making it more affordable for customers. It currently carries nine scents such as peppermint orange and sandalwood nutmeg, that comes in two sizes: 120ml ($18) and 240ml ($32). Hush has also branched out into offering essential oil-related products such as essential oil roll-ons, room sprays and even hand sanitisers. 

Lifestyle and home

ByKuraHome
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ByKuraHome

For stylish reusables

It's time to end your relationship with disposables, and multi-label retailer ByKuraHome makes it so easy with their range of pretty and functional reusable ware. Pick up sleek silicone snack pouches, collapsible lunch boxes, mesh produce bags and even flat dumpling boxes that will slide away easily in your fridge. ByKuraHome's aesthetic is a sleek minimalism that's in vogue today, dominated by soft, pastel colours for subtle cheer.

BooksActually
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BooksActually

To keep the bookworms occupied

 

BooksActually famously made the move to online-only operations last year, and have continued to spread the love of reading with an impressive range of hotly-anticipated titles and under-the-radar releases both locally and internationally. The store hasn't lost its personal touch either – every purchase arrives handwrapped with a free bookmark or two. Stumped and need a recommendation? BooksActually also offers exciting subscription plans that will get you a selection of specially curated books without you lifting a finger. 

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Hipvan

Hipvan

For unique items for the home

This design-focused shop offers home furnishings to funky accessories, kitchenware, cool gadgets and even limited edition art collectables for every member of the family. Hipvan highlights new brands and emerging designers on its newsletter each week, so be sure to sign up for updates.

Sunday Bedding
Photograph: Sunday Bedding

Sunday Bedding

For sustainable bed linen

Great sleep starts with great bed linen and homegrown brand Sunday Bedding are pros in this area. Its sheets are made using premium fabric like French linen, bamboo rayon and cotton sateen. Sunday Bedding is also doing its part in keeping its business sustainable by slowly decreasing its reliance on cotton and polyester and focusing on bamboo and linen bedsheets. 

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  • Shopping
  • Home decor
  • River Valley

For building the ultimate comfortable home

Borrowing from the Danish concept of 'hygge' which encompasses all things cosy and content, Hooga's products aim to bring this warmth into your homes. Find all you need to make your personal space more meaningful and intimate. Shop fuzzy throw blankets, scented candles, pastel-coloured dinner sets, fairy lights, bed linen and more from the comfort of your own home.

FortyTwo
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FortyTwo

For affordable and stylish home decor

The online furniture and home decor retailer offers affordable furniture that is definitely not boring. Shop Eames-inspired dining chairs, modular sofas, mid-century cabinets and Nordic-style decor at FortyTwo to build your dream home.

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Sojao
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Sojao

For the softest sheets 

Fancy a quality snooze fest? Upgrade your sleep quality with some lush beddings from local start-up Sojao. Roll around in some lightweight and breathable organic cotton bedsheets that – wait for it – get softer with every wash. Bundle sheet sets (from $98) include a fitted sheet, duvet cover and a pair of pillowcases. Available in white, navy, natural and stone.

Rack85
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Rack85

For gadget geeks

With electronic stores shut because it is not considered an 'essential service', lovers of gadgets and devices must succumb to shopping online. Rack85 has a wide collection of smart living accessories for the home, mini drones, speakers, headphones and even an official Samsung store on its site. Time to rig up your work desk.

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