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The best new shops and drops to check out

New shops in town and fresh collections that caught our eye

Delfina Utomo
Cheryl Sekkappan
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Delfina Utomo
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Cheryl Sekkappan
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Sale or no sale, why not indulge a little anyway? It helps that there's always something new happening in Singapore's shopping scene. Home to impressive shopping malls, a myriad of local and international brands and both luxury boutiques and discount outlets, there's a lot for you to celebrate about our retail scene. This with, we've got the grand openings of two experience stores, and new drops from homegrown and international brands alike. 

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Known for its stylish and sustainable everyday products and apparel, The Paper Bunny has finally made the leap from online to offline. Head down to its brand new physical store at Takashimaya to check out what it has to offer in person – that covers roomy convertible strap bags, tie-dyed resort wear, functional planners, reusable bags and cutlery, the ever-popular laptop bags, and much more. 

AKINN and Inch Chua launch sustainable fashion capsule collection
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AKINN and Inch Chua launch sustainable fashion capsule collection

Local fashion label AKINN has teamed up with musician Inch Chua to launch a new fashion capsule collection AKINN 2.4: Kind Earth. Built on the idea of sustainability, this collection was designed with nature-derived fabrics like viscose, tencel and cotton, classic silhouettes that resist fast-moving trends, and low-waste practices in mind. Inch Chua draws inspiration from her latest single 'trees', which spells out her lockdown experiences and reconnection with nature – so expect 11 unique pieces in shades that recall earth, sea and skies. The collection will be available for preorder from October 15 and later in the month at the AKINN showroom, Design Orchard and Trixilini. 

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25 days of beauty with NET-A-PORTER
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25 days of beauty with NET-A-PORTER

The highly-anticipated 2021 NET-A-PORTER Beauty Advent Calendar is now on sale, promising 25 days of beauty thanks to an expert curation of favourite cult beauty products worth over $1,700 in total. The calendar is packed full with full-size and mini versions of must-have beauty products from best-selling brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Victoria Beckham Beauty, Augustinus Bader, Dr. Barbara Sturm and 111Skin. It'll have you (or your lucky giftee) feeling the very best all the way into the new year. 

Shop the Tree Kånken made from pine weave fabric
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Shop the Tree Kånken made from pine weave fabric

The popular and iconic backpack just rolled out its latest collection of bags which will be available at Actually and Outside. The Tree Kånken comes in a range of colours and is made from Pine Weave fabric, with 100 percent bio-based raw materials cultivated and certified forests from its country of origin, Sweden. The bag is going to be perfect for active types as it has loops where you can fasten a jacket or yoga mat underneath to carry some extra load. 

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Go cosy or loud at IKEA
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Go cosy or loud at IKEA

It's always exciting to see new collections and collaborations at IKEA. To ring in fall and the season to snuggle, shop the HÖSTKVÄLL collection which is inspired by the beauty of nature and the lush colours of autumn. Expect warm tones like brown, orange, gold in products like throws, napkins, cushion covers and more. But if you're aiming for something bolder and more vibrant, check out KARISMATISK, the latest collaboration with iconic British fashion and textile designer, Zandra Rhodes. Playful, fabulous, but also practical, you'll find the pop of colour you need in this exciting collection of vases, rugs, throws, room dividers and even carrier bags. 

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They say don't play with your food but at this instant-noodle wonderland, that's exactly what you should be doing. Slurping Good! is a whimsical themed experience playground brought to you by Invade (the same people behind Eatbox) which features thirteen interactive zones over two storeys dedicated to the ultimate comfort food: instant noodles. 

Explore the vibrant and aesthetically pleasing interactive rooms where you will discover murals, installations, games – and even an indoor slide for both adults and kids – revolving around the ingredients that make instant noodles so good – like egg, meat, seafood, veggies, and even cheese. Some highlights include the 1.7-metre-tall instant noodle cup installation which warrants a pic or two. The installation is in collaboration with instant noodle powerhouse Nissin themselves and in that room, visitors can get creative and share their dream Cup Noodles flavour. 

It's not just photos and a sudden appetite for instant noodles you will be leaving with. All visitors will receive a complimentary tote bag containing a Slurping Good! retail voucher that can be at the merch store, an F&B voucher that can be used at the Soul Good Noodle Bar located in Eatbox, a pack of Nissin instant noodles as well as an instant noodle claw machine tokens to try your luck. The exhibition runs daily from 10am to 10pm until January 22, 2022.

Last week's drop

A trio of new offerings by Nana & Bird
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A trio of new offerings by Nana & Bird

Homegrown multi-label boutique Nana & Bird are back full force with a trio of shopping treats. Shop casual luxury with their fifth capsule collection Momentum, featuring effortless separates in luxurious materials and bold gingham prints. The brand is also debuting a new in-house scent, under the RENEW range. Working with Singapore-based essential oils company Ollie, it's bottled its signature Nana & Bird store scent into a room mist ($25 for 50ml), essential oil ($25 for 10ml), aroma roller ($18 for 10ml) and the ESSENCE RENEW Kit ($60 for all three products). This is a relaxing blend of lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree to get you through the hard days. Finally, shop for pre-loved goods at the carefully curated RE/LOVE. Pick up rare, timeless and authentic second-hand pieces from luxury brands at accessible price points – we're talking Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hérmes, Loewe and more. 

 

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You're invited to shop at By Invite Only's two new stores at Bugis Junction and ION Orchard. Want to jazz up your mask fashion? Head down to the new Bugis outlet to choose from seven new bejewelled mask chains, including four store exclusives. Meanwhile, the storefront at ION Orchard promises a more elevated experience – with a wider range of exclusive vermeil items and a gold capsule collection to look forward to in October. 

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Shop conscious beauty with Aardae
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Shop conscious beauty with Aardae

Look beautiful but make it ethical – with new conscious beauty platform Aardae, which is bringing together sustainable, non-toxic and cruelty free products from international indie brands onto their site. indulge your hair and skin needs with over 1,000 products from 40 brands, including cult favourites like Dot & Key, Juicy Chemistry, OCEGLOW, Purearth, Earth Rhythm and Omorfee. Aardae runs vigourous in-house analyses of the products too, to ensure that you get highly-effective, top quality clean beauty. 

Homegrown brands to be featured at a retail pop-up in Paris
Photograph: Baju by Oniatta

Homegrown brands to be featured at a retail pop-up in Paris

More than ten designers and brands from Singapore will showcase their designs and products at a special retail pop-up in the hip Marais district of Paris from October 5 to 10. The pop-up aims to take visitors on a journey that will ignite all five senses. The brands include perfumers Sifr Aromatics, handmade jewellers Eden+Elie, batik fashion label Baju by Oniatta, skincare brand Dr GL and more.

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Ready to get a new smartphone or device? If you're on the Apple train, then get excited for the new goodies that were launched at the Apple event on Thursday, September 14. The company has launched a slew of new iPhones and iPads that boast improved cameras and processing speeds, as well as attractive new colourways – because yes, aesthetics are important too. 

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