With the growing market of online retailers, shopping has never been easier. All you need to do is with a click of the finger and the item will be delivered right to your doorsteps. However, overseas websites can be a hassle, requiring a US address or a third party seller for the transaction to go through and let’s not forget how costly international shipping can be.

How about buying products that are locally produced? With plenty of homegrown talents in Singapore, the fashion industry is blooming and here are 5 stalls you should definitely check it out.


1. Carrie K


Carolyn Kan leaves her 12-year career and embarked on a year-long sabbatical to discovered her true passion, making jewelry. After a two-year silversmithing programme at Nanyang Academy Fine Arts (NAFA), she started Carrie K. Four years on, she now owns a studio and showroom, where her products are sold in nine Singapore stores, including Strangelets and Front Rows, eight overseas stores; Saudi Arabia, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Italy, the United States and China, and online at carriekrocks.com.


2. Love Bonito


Started out as a passion project in 2006, the founders, Rachel Lim and Viola Tan has turned Love Bonito into one of Singapore’s leading online boutique offering quality and exquisite clothing specifically for females. Creating clothes that empowered women with confidence and build a community of female for support and encouragement. Ten years down the road, Love Bonito has ventured out of Singapore and into neighbouring countries; Malaysia and Indonesia. International purchase can be made through lovebonito.com.


3. Nana & Bird


Began as a pop-up store at Georgina Koh’s home in Tiong Bahru, Nana & Bird has branched out to an online boutique and opened a permanent store in Singapore. Co-founders, Georgina Koh and Tan Chiew Ling, abide by the philosophy of “only selling what they would buy for themselves”, hence, classic items are showcased in the stores by independent designers from around the world. Purchase of merchandise  can be made through the permanent store or online at shop.nanaandbird.com.


4. The Tinsel Rack

Seems like the phrase, “blood are thicker than water” is true. Siblings have an unwritten code that connects them with a similar mindset. Founded in 2010, The Tinsel Rack (TTR) is run by two lovely and passionate siblings, Joyce and Jolene. New collections are launched on a weekly basis where most of their apparels are manufactured under their in-house labels and customers can be assured with something exclusive. Purchase of merchandise can be made through the online site at www.thetinselrack.com.
Here’s a short interview with one of them, Joyce:
What inspired you to do come up with the business?
I was an avid online shopper before I started The Tinsel Rack, and my interest in the fashion industry grew from there. It was also when I first started my tertiary education that I started to be more adventurous when it came to dolling up. Back when we first started designing our own collections, there were not many online stores which were doing the same. We recognised that there were many shoppers who preferred donning exclusive designs which cannot be found off the mass market, and hence started delving into the creation of designs under our own label.

Is there a designer/fashionista who inspire you in your creations?
There isn’t any particular person who inspires me when it comes to creating designs for the TTR label. Our designs are simple and inspiration often comes in many forms. It ranges anywhere from the pieces off the runway to the people whom we come across on the streets on a day-to-day basis.

Do you have any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?
There is no golden rule which I follow but I guess it will be a decent start if you go in the direction of whatever you’re passionate about and start working ground up from there. I always believe in this saying, “If you love what you do, then you’d never have worked a day in your life.” Do something which makes you happy to get out of bed every day!


5. Young Hungry Free


Opened for only three years, Young Hungry Free is one of the fastest growing online boutiques in Singapore. Owned by Winnie Ong, the brand focus on style differentiation; showcasing edgy clothes that are bolder in the shades of neutral and monochrome. Purchase of merchandise can be made through the online site at younghungryfree.com.

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