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Photograph: Courtesy of Lego Group 2020

The best new shops and drops to check out

The newest and coolest boutiques, shops, stores and multi-label retail spaces in Singapore to check out

By Delfina Utomo

Let's face it: shopping is right at the heel of eating as Singaporeans' favourite pastime. And for good reason too. From cool indie boutiques and furniture shops to record stores and kids' stores, there are plenty of retail and online spaces to shop 'till you drop. This month, drop by a store with beautifully curated lifestyle products, shop at a pop-up celebrating two local labels and pick up some eco-friendly fashion items. Wallets out, cards out!

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Photograph: Courtesy of Lego Group 2020

Lego Certified Store

Shopping Toys and games Tampines

Tampines Mall is now home to the latest Lego Certified Store in Singapore – and it is packed with plenty of fun features for both kids and adults. After all, who doesn't love Lego?

The outlet will be the first store in Singapore to have a Lego Art wall with Star Wars-themed mosaic. The Lego Art series is designed for adults who have a keen interest in pop culture (and Lego, of course). Completed Lego Art sets are pieces of art on its own and can be displayed proudly – just as you would with a painting. Older Lego fans will love the store because it also has the first dedicated Adults Corner in Singapore where more pro builders can assemble more complicated sets. 

Kids get to enjoy the vertical play wall in the store or sit at the play table and build new worlds with Lego bricks. When it's time to shop, head to the Pick-A-Brick wall and fill a container with all the bricks you want or take your pick at the Build A Minifigure station and customise your very own collectible. 

If you're not sure about how a build will look, check out the special interactive kiosk in the store called Digibox and visualise assembled models in augmented reality or browse through the fully assembled models on display in the store. On top of bestsellers and a wide range of Lego products, you can also shop for merchandise, exclusive sets and extended lines at the store. Time to start building!

Helvetia and Sons
Photograph: Helvetia and Sons

Helvetia and Sons

Shopping Lifestyle Rochor

For the coolest and most unique shops and boutiques in Singapore, Haji Lane is the place to go. At Helvetia and Sons, you can shop for curated items from different Swiss brands and designers. Some of the best-sellers at the multi-label store stocks products like beautifully made children's shoes by Tiger Swiss, wooden toys from Trauffer, baby basics and accessories by Petit Stellou, sunglasses from up-and-coming Swiss brand Viu Eyewear and soaps from Soeder. 

Beyond The Vines
Photograph: Beyond The Vines

Beyond The Vines Design Store

Shopping Fashion Orchard

Local label Beyond The Vines has now progressed to a design studio located at Ngee Ann City. Started by a husband-wife team in 2015, the brand is known for its ready-to-wear womenswear that in are stylish but practical for Singapore's climate. Since then, the label has expanded to include a permanent menswear line and a diverse range of products that are available to a wider audience.

When you drop by the physical store, you will see its vibrant signature hue of Engineer's Blue all around. This is chosen deliberately to represent the utilitarian nature of the brand. All elements of the store are repurposed to reflect a new perspective on what was previously ‘invisible’. A massive blue, see-through polycarbonate structure, reminiscent of the iconic transparent products that marked the 80s and 90s, doubles up as a visual installation and a retail counter to spark a sense of curiosity and playful nostalgia.  

The new Beyond The Vines still retains its minimalistic aesthetics but with a more refined approach based on its philosophy inspired by the duality that is 'to create boldly, and to design simply'. You will see that reflected in the new offerings from the brand like its XS dumpling bags that are roomy and trendy enough to suit every kind of outfit. Beyond The Vines are also currently working on a lifestyle range – and like its clothing and accessories, you can expect it to be just as well-designed. 

Love, Bonito
Photograph: Love, Bonito

Love, Bonito

Shopping Fashion Habourfront

The local label came into Singapore's online fashion retail scene in 2010 and gained popularity with its accessible and affordable high street fashion. New designs are released each month so you can be sure to keep up with the latest trends. They since opened four physical stores around the island and the newest store located at Vivocity is the most family-friendly one yet with an entire section dedicated to children's clothes and roomier changing rooms to cater for mothers with kids and prams. 

Photograph: Zerrin

The Lounge by ZERRIN

Shopping Pop-up shops Marina One, Raffles Place

Singapore’s largest curation of independent sustainable fashion and beauty brands, The Lounge by ZERRIN gives shoppers the opportunity to browse, discover and purchase brands that care for both the people and the planet. Back at where it all began, The third edition of The Lounge will be held at The Social Space cafe at Marina One. Shop for meaningful gifts for the festive season here – doesn't matter if it's for you or your friends.

2020 has been a massive year of change, and sustainability in fashion has never been a bigger topic. For many of us, it’s been an opportunity to reflect on what’s important and when it comes to our wardrobes, that’s quality over quantity and getting behind better brands we can believe in. Shop the range of brands like Esse, Lacess, Baliza, Eden & Elie and more.

Beyond the showcase, intimate panel talks with inspiring speakers and immersive workshops that lets you learn more about ethics, social justice and sustainability in the retail industry.

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