Because it’s International Women’s Day, we want to pay homage to the girl bosses behind the trendiest brands in Singapore.
Started up by best friends Michaela Bisset and Amy Yuan, BabeCave Batik is a slow fashion label that weaves batik designs into apparels and accessories that are ethically and sustainably made.
BabeCave Batik is available online.
Bare was founded by Serena Chan and Jae Tan who wanted to create a sustainable fashion brand that can negate the environmental impacts of fast fashion. With the mission to redefine our relationship with clothes, the duo took on the challenge of creating everyday essentials—from tops to bottoms—with eco-friendly textiles like TENCEL Lyocell on a trans-seasonal production basis.
Bare is available online.
Established in 2017, Haikini is the brainchild of founder, designer and national surfer Beckie Liu who felt there was a need to fill the gap in the market for functional, stylish and affordable swimwear. Today, the label offers everything from consciously-designed swimsuits to longboards that empower the community they lovingly call their “Seasters”.
Haikini is available online.
Lisa Von Tang
At its core, Lisa Von Tang‘s eponymous label—established in 2015—champions her East-Meets-West identity. From the brand’s trademark kimonos and loungewear essentials to its recent launch of hand-beaded face masks, Lisa Von Tang continues to deliver quality styles that are sustainably and ethically made with premium fabrics.
Dawn Bey first started creating exclusive prints for bridesmaids and before she knew it, it was a hit with many customers. She then decided to create an opportunity for herself by setting up her own print and textile studio, Minor Miracles. Integrating her passion for pattern making with fashion design, Bey’s simple yet meaningful aim is “to bring happiness into every wardrobe and home.” In addition, Bey continues to support Singapore-based talents at her company by working alongside a team of fashion graduates and creatives that assist her in developing designs as well as essential processes like pattern-making by hand and sewing samples in-house.
Minor Miracles is available at its flagship boutique at Funan, Random House (Holland Village) and online.
After completing her PHD in Human Molecular Genetics in Italy, Ifeoma Ubby came to Singapore when she got an offer to work here in the field of cancer research. However, she had difficulty accessing traditional African fabric while designing her own wedding dress in Singapore. This inspired her to start own fashion label, OliveAnkara, that integrates traditional African fabrics with modern fashion design. Five years later, the clothing label now boasts a wide array of womenswear, menswear and childrenswear.
If you’re looking for a local label that puts minimalist design and sustainability at the forefront, meet SANS FAFF. Founded by Brandy Dallas, the brand wants to create a responsibly-made Singapore line of long-lasting essentials that prioritise simplicity in design and conscious fashion consumption.
SANS FAFF is available online.
A former alumni of Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award, Silvia Teh‘s eponymous fashion label aims to empower women through her design. Today, Teh offers a range of ready-to-wear, bespoke and bridal pieces.
Rawbought‘s sleepwear doesn’t compromise on quality or comfort. Launched in the midst of the pandemic last December, three sisters—Soukaina Faruq, Boutaina Faruq, and Amira Faruq—decided to create sustainable-friendly and fashionably-designed sleepwear options.
Rawbought is available online.
The Singapore winner of Harper’s BAZAAR New Gen 2019, Rena Kok continues to go strong with her clothing line that stays true to her DNA with a new collection called ‘A New Slate’. This collection is inspired by her latest pursuits in activities like running, boxing and bungee jumping.
Whispers & Anarchy
Founded by Sara Oritz, Whispers & Anarchy is a slow fashion Singapore label that is inspired by Oritz’s Spanish heritage and South East Asian lifestyle. Each piece is long-lasting and consciously made of premium fabrics at a family-run craft workshop based in Bali.
Whispers & Anarchy is available online.
For former corporate lawyer Chia Su-Mae, acne was something she used to struggle with until she found a solution after tapping into the expertise of HDI, her family’s wellness business. She then set up Bskin, formulating her own line of bee-derived and propolis-based skincare together with a team of South Korean scientists. The result? A line of skincare that is gentle, rich with antioxidants and effective in combating skin woes like pimples and acne.
Bskin is available online.
Charlene Sim was determined to find non-toxic skincare ingredients that are gentle yet effective for her mother who was undergoing rounds of chemotherapy. In addition, Sim was also dealing with sensitive and acne-prone skin as well as eczema, which spurred her to start her own beauty line Glowfully in 2018. Today, Glowfully has a range of products that are naturally-derived and free from harsh ingredients like parabens, phthalates, sulfates and formadelhydes.
Glowfully is available online.
Xenia Wong started Sigi Skin because she wanted to combine her degree in marketing as well as her beauty course pursuits from the Jung Saem Art Academy and Makeup Forever. Because gorgeous skin happens only when it’s healthy, Wong’s skincare label carries an array of products powered with superfood-ingredients such as purslane, kale and soy extracts.
Sigi Skin is available online.
Toh Ziling believes in working with brands that matter and having assumed the role of Chief-Executive officer for RE:ERTH, she has been able to make this dream a reality, especially as the award-winning ‘Mindful Beauty’ company aligns with her shared belief of beauty self-care Today, the brand continues to carry an abundance of skincare products that focus on helping customers achieve healthy, mochi-like skin.
RE:ERTH is available online.
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Watches & Jewellery
The Eliana Timekeeper
Fostering a lifelong love and sentimental appreciation for watches, lawyer and mother Sherrie Han added ‘entrepreneur ‘to her list of achievements in 2019 when she set up her own watch label, The Eliana Timekeeper to create luxury mechanical watches for women that are sophisticated and boardroom-ready.
The Eliana Timekeeper is available at Watch Wonderland (Suntec City), The Gallery Store (National Gallery Singapore) and on its official website.
In A Perfect World
Founded by friends Erica Loh and Sarah Yeap, In A Perfect World marries design and function beautifully with a selection of bespoke costume jewellery and accessories that are inspired by art, architecture and designs.
In A Perfect World is available online.
For founder Lydia Lim, jewellery gifting has always been a “serious affair” in her family to celebrate the personal and special milestones. With the understanding that jewellery can ccreate memories, Lydia started the Luxequisite platform to continue the tradition of finding that perfect investment-worthy piece to add to your collection or that of your loved ones.
Luxequiste is available online.
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