Local fashion brands don’t get as much love as they deserve. When it comes to the indie names, that’s even rarer. Yet Singapore is home to a slew of indie names worn mostly by insiders. These feature creative silhouettes, daring graphics and even accessories made out of Nespresso capsules conceived by homegrown names who’ve gone to some of the world’s most renowned fashion institutions. Here’s five to look out for.

 

Wai Yang

 

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After showcasing her graduation fashion collection at London College of Fashion, designer Wai Yang went on to launch her eponymous label in Singapore. Her designs are daring, structured and patterned with multiple layers and pockets. The graphics and high standards of craftsmanship makes her brand a clear standout among other local fashion names. Her layers seem unwearable at first but wear them as separates and you’ll be able to pull off a bold and modern fashion ensemble.

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Our Second Home

 

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Local fashion brand ‘Our Second Nature’ is founded by duo Lauren Tan and Velda Tan in 2017. Working with a London-based print designer, the brand creates looks that are not only comfortable but fun to wear. Their designs are available in a myriad of vivid tones and are usually made in floaty light fabrics like rayon blends and washed cottons. Their well-curated and cheery collections makes it one of the top indie Singaporean fashion brands to watch.

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Closet Children

 

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Fashion designer and artist Rachael Cheong’s graduation collection titled ‘We know what you are hiding’ is highly conceptual and artistically narrated. The graduate of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, expresses her view of art revolving around intangible feelings like the darkness within humans and design aesthetics from her collection of porcelain dolls throughout her creations. Her looks are made of demure childlike fabrics, beautifully ruched textiles and feminine laces styled with mysteriously avant-garde accessories like a black sculpted face mask and silicone gloves. She now actively designs and churns bespoke pieces through her brand named ‘Closet Children’.

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Rye

 

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Singaporean fashion label Rye promises minimalistic and timeless staples for everyday wear. The Singapore-based womenswear designer, Bessie Ye creates well constructed dresses, clean yet classic separates, along with casual knits to match. The refined aesthetics of Rye is loved by women who seek interesting yet classic pieces to wear from day to day — featuring witty details such as top stitching, pleating and belted closures.

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Myrrh

 

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The artful pieces from jewellery brand Myrrh is made up of fluid silvery forms, pieced together with strings of rugged chains and tiny pendants. Jewellery designer, Melissa Tong explores the themes of empowerment, enforcing qualities such as renewal of self, embodiment of strength and courage through her crafted creations. Her jewellery layers are also contemporary yet versatile enough to compliment almost any kind of outfit.

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Amado Gudek

 

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Elaine Tan, founder and designer of jewellery brand Amado Gudek advocates the importance of sustainability through her highly conceptualised works. The label is founded with the aim of reducing environmental impact, primarily by minimising waste by using renewable materials. By fusing technology and craft, Tan has created original 3D printed pieces and jewellery made out of bio-resin and even metallic flakes from recycled Nespresso capsules.

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Josiah Chua
Fashion Director
Josiah is the Fashion Director in charge of styling shoots and writing the fashion pages. On his days off, he locks himself at home designing and sewing up a collection in preparation for his label's runway debut.