Overrated and hardly original, still, we all want to look like a ‘hypebeast’: someone who rocks streetwear with obscenely priced sneakers. Hit up these shops to nail the aesthetic to a tee.
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All the cool kids frequent this massive multi-label retail space and concept store in Dempsey. The brainchild of Rei Kawakubo, well-known style icon and founder of Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons (CDG), Dover Street Market Singapore stocks cult brands such as Anti Social Social Club, Alyx and Vetements. Housed in a converted army barracks with black cage-like grills as racks and a colourful ‘cashier’ hut – you’d be forgiven if you mistake it for an art gallery.
WHAT’S COOL CDG’s main and diffusion lines can be found here but Dover Street houses exclusive Good Design Shop x CDG collaborations too.
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.
WHAT’S COOL The most coveted item in the store is a pair of trousers by Deepti Barth, constructed out of – wait for it – stones . Yes, it’s wearable, we checked.
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.
WHAT’S COOL DRx Romanelli x Cali Thornhill DeWitt for Surrender – this exclusive collab features 9 one-of-a-kind reversible jackets.
The brainchild of American music producer and streetwear legend Virgil Abloh (aka the art director of Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne album), Off-White can be described as a gallery space, party area and shopping destination all rolled into one sleek architectural package. Its logo is a motif of diagonal stripes and its products are often marked with the ironic use of Helvetica fonts in quotation marks.
WHAT’S COOL The much-hyped Off-White x Nike Air Jordan 1and Vapormax sneakers that everyone’s crazy over.
Local sneakerheads worth their salt know Adidas Originals at Pacific Plaza is where the hype is at. After all, it’s where all the coolest collaborations – including the Yeezy Boost and all its renditions, the constantly sold-out NMDs and most recently, the Adidas by Pharrell Williams Hu Holi Blank Canvas collection – drop. Just stalk Adidas’ Facebook page for sneak peeks and first dibs.
WHAT’S COOL Wildly popular collabs with celebrities and brands like Raf Simons, A Bathing Ape and Palace Skateboards – unfortunately these sell like hotcakes so you have to either join the queue or shell out extra to buy a resale piece.