From The Straits Times    |


Whether you prefer buying from small businesses because you support individuals with a passion for fashion, or reject mass-market designs and the concept of fast-fashion, there’s something for everyone in this edit of the latest brands to launch in Singapore. Get your wallets ready because these brands are on our radar and give us another reason to #supportlocal.


1. Low Dose


This five-month-old resort wear brand prides itself on pieces that strike the right balance between fashion and function to create the ultimate vacation wardrobe. Think breezy, flowy pieces that are perfect for Singapore’s tropical weather and a galore of floral prints. Style this two-piece set up with classic gold hoop earrings for a modish outfit for a casual weekend brunch.


2. Léora Studio


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Léora is a Hebrew female given name, which means “light unto me”. Similarly, the brand’s ethos is to give light to dreary wardrobes by creating a visual feast with its timeless pieces in muted, neutral hues that have a distinctive modern twist.

Case in point? This pale pink double-breasted blazer with a ruffled hem that provides a little “oomph” to everyday work wear that’s perfect for easy mix and match. Match this blazer with a pair of simple wide-legged pants, or a pair of snazzy printed palazzo pants if you’re feeling adventurous, and you’re ready to head out the door.


3. 3eighth


For a refreshing take on ageless tailoring, turn to 3eighth. Named after the tailoring standard for seam allowances, the brand was founded with the dream of being able to put every woman into a suit. If you are weary of ill-fitting blazers (here’s our guide to finding a blazer that suits you), 3eighth gives you the liberty to suit yourself up however you would like, as the tailoring studio specialises in everything from wide-legged pants to structured cropped trousers, and everything in between.


4. Capsule by Edith


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Made for the modern woman by a modern woman, Capsule by Edith’s pieces caters to the multi-hyphenate who seeks effortless style. The brand’s pieces aim to fit every part of the contemporary woman’s life. Expect playful pieces that bare a bit of shoulder to smart and sleek blazer dresses that can instantly take you from the boardroom to cocktails.


5. Demi Lune


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Inspired by the concept of maximal minimalism, Demi Lune’s pieces transcends time through the refinement of classics and the creation of distinctions by playing on opposing elements – much like this velvet slip dress that features panels of two-toned velvet. Layer this on top of a white buttoned-up shirt for a fuss-free yet put together work outfit, especially for lazy Mondays.


6. Rye 


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Rib knits, pinafore jumpsuits, circle skirts, and tailored pants, these minimalist designs are great to mix and match — perfect if you don’t want to waste time on planning your outfit in the morning. 


7. Thyine 


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With ruffles, draping and unique fabrics, Thyine injects work-ready pieces with a bit of fun. Look out for reversible drawstring dresses and asymmetrical layered skirts that’ll help you achieve a polished look that’s still hip and interesting.


8. Camira Asrori 


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This fashion label that focuses on resortwear, with bold and graphic pieces perfect for our humid climate. We love these high-waisted shorts and cute ruffled top from the label’s Festival Edit.




9. a.oei studio 


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Founded by Seattle-based designer Angeline Oei, the clothes are produced in Singapore and America and feature abstract shapes, prints and textures. This statement top can be worn with black culottes to work, and with a lace skirt on the weekend.


10. Esse


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Derived from Latin, Esse means “existence”, a word that invites us to be aware and discerning. That’s the philosophy of the brand — to create timeless designs made from sustainable materials. Made from organic cotton in gorgeous shades, their fluid pieces are soft, billowy, and full of movement.