In a world of fast fashion and following trends, avant-garde and edgy boutique Super Freak is a definite stand out with its range of clothing, shoes and accessories that is unusual and bold. The store and its collection is a celebration of everything maximalist – there are platform shoes with a rainbow unicorn horn as the heel, the pair of Gangsta socks that Beyonce donned in her Pretty Hurts music video, retro-coloured windbreakers and more eye-catching things. On top of the repertoire of cult brands and local designers, Super Freak also has a corner for pre-loved clothes. Let your freak flag fly high.
If you’re all about the avant-garde vibes, keep this locally owned multi-label boutique on your radar. Of course, Rick Owens is in there somewhere but look out for pieces from Boris Bidjan Saberi, Deepti Barth and Taichi Murakami. For those who prefer shopping in the comfort of home, L’armoire’s website is updated regularly with its latest drops, although it’s fastest fingers first when it comes to the most exclusive goods.
Locally owned Surrender is the top choice among tastemakers here. This hipper-than-thou store stocks a slew of obscure brands including Denim by Vanquish and Fragment, Mindseeker, Readymade and A-Cold-Wall among others, making this quiet boutique a heavy-hitter in the youth culture scene. The store gives off the air of ‘look-but-don’t-touch’ – but spend enough time browsing its racks and you’ll discover gems.
Going to a shoe store doesn't always have to be about shopping for your next pair of sneaks. At Foot Locker in Jewel Changi Airport, you can shop in the largest outlet in Singapore and also enjoy a few extra perks in the store. Ladies can take a breather from retail therapy and get a manicure in-store before snapping a couple of selfies at the selfie mirror. On the first floor you can squeeze in a gaming sesh at the Xbox arena. When it comes to celebrating sneaker culture, no one does it better than Foot Locker – it's not just about the shoes, it's a lifestyle.
Founded by the same people behind the Menswear brand Benjamin Barker, The Assembly Store is a multi-label store designed to be a space for customers to meet, exchange cultures, ideas, and experiences. Refine your wardrobe with Neuw Denim, Rooney Chinos and ties from Marshall Artist UK and Benjamin Barker, then top off the look with their Aark watches, Rawrow’s classic range of R-bags and Bellroy's slim wallets. Hop over to their café next door, The Assembly Ground, for a tasty burger with coffee blends from the best local coffee roasters.
Designed with a modern, industrial vibe in mind, the store carries over 60 names across luxe fashion labels, street-style staples and alternative indie brands. Take your pick from avant garde apparel, minimalist accessories and off-kilter footwear from designers such as Opening Ceremony, Barbara Bui and Anna Thomas. This one’s aimed at the cool types.
Loud, proud and local, the newly-opened Design Orchard features a fresh selection of Singaporean designers and makers. With over 60 brands like Kydra, Onlewo, The Animal Project, Pinksalt Swim and more calling the two-and-a-half-storey space home under the tagline 'Where Local Brands Flourish', the homegrown labels are part of an incubation programme run by local multi-label retailer Naiise which will guide them through marketing, merchandising, and expansion strategies.
Guard your wallets, Dover Street Market stocks cult streetwear brands including Comme des Garçons and Anti Social Social Club, as well as luxe designer labels like Céline, Balenciaga and The Row. Housed in a converted army barracks with high ceilings, black cage-like grills as racks, and a colourful ‘cashier’ hut, the space is as much a shopping paradise as it is a gallery dedicated to the art of fashion.
Spanning over 10,000 square feet with 50 local and international brands across seven thematic zones – you’re guaranteed to be spoilt for choice at City of Tomorrow. There’s the F&B zone, The Secret Garden, where you’ll find specially created house blend by Alchemy X; The Locker Room, every man’s dream cave of apparel, footwear and high-tech gadgets; The Studio, the minimalist dream space; Tropical Paradise, for all your vacation swimwear and tropical prints needs, and more.
Founded in 2006 by Frenchman Arnault Castel in Hong Kong, Kapok curates fashion and design brands in its Singapore outlet, its largest store in the world. Patrons can expect watches by Swedish label Daniel Wellington, Miami-based accessories from Miansai, Code Deco perfume and an in-house brand of menswear shirts, as well as its very own in-house brand Future Classics. The spacious boutique is also decorated with art pieces by Kult and also has a little café in the corner for a quick break.
The largest high-fashion chain, Club 21 runs a string of mono-brand boutiques for the likes of Armani, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana and Paul Smith, to name a few. Its flagship multi-label store carries the best of the prêt-à-porter collections from Dries Van Noten, Viktor & Rolf, Alexander McQueen, Martin Margiela and more. Nothing like treating yourself to some luxury goods.
Founded by Aussie native Kara Bensley-Austin, The Wyld Shop offers shoppers in Singapore a way to easily purchase brands from Down Under – or Aussie-inspired local labels. Mink Pink is your friend if you’re looking for pretty bikinis or sundresses, while the Wit and the Will offers stylish bohemian fashion pieces. Expand your activewear wardrobe with Lorna Jane's collection. Accessories come in the form of Minc Collections' edgy earrings and bracelets, Quay Australia and Le Specs' cool shades, and Frankitas' bold printed bags and purses. Skincare and beauty products are also stocked here.
For streetwear finds, look no further than Actually. Filled with quirky, eclectic items from cult labels like Lazy Oaf, Fjällräven Freitag, Boy London, Bucketfeet and Dr Denim Jeansmaker, as well as Actually's signature line and local brand Mash-up Collective. The 2,000 sq ft store offers everything from apparel and shoes to bags and accessories – you can't leave empty-handed, really.
Stepping up to the door, Nana & Bird gives off that rare hole-in-the-wall charm. Iron bars still protect the windows and the original tiled floor is intact. Beaded necklaces, feather earrings, tote bags and polka-dot blouses, as well as local labels Aijek and Yumumu, are all on display. The fashion-loving duo behind the humble shop also encourages people to sit down for a cuppa to discuss fashion.
Leading sport shoe and fashion retailer in the UK, JD Sports has set up shop in Singapore too. Drop by the flagship store in ION Orchard for a huge range of trainers and sneakers for both sports and lifestyle. As a bonus, check out the exclusive-to-JD Sports colourways and designs you can find in-store. Handy if you want to stand out from everyone else and humblebrag a little.
Any sneakerhead worth his salt would’ve had Aw Lab on his radar by now. For the uninitiated, this multi-label sneaker store – this Suntec outlet is its first Asian store – carries an extensive collection of the freshest kicks and apparel from more than 20 brands including exclusive collaborations – yes, you can get your ultra-limited edition Yeezys here.
Gallery & Co. brings together retail and F&B into one stylish package – it’s a far cry from your average museum store. Curated by heavyweights of the local creative industry, the shop stocks a suitably artsy range of childrenswear and accessories. There are also hard-to-find books, quirky kinckknacks and so much more (you'll just have to see for yourself). To fuel up, hop over to the restaurant and bar, most of whose dishes are inspired by the artworks on display.
This lifestyle store stocks over 1,000 local and international brands selling bold and offbeat stationery, home accessories, illustrated prints, books by local writers and other novelty bits and bobs across its six locations.