The most difficult thing about maintaining this column is how quickly my posts become outdated. My favorite stores keep packing up and moving, due to Singapore’s sky-high rents, I assume. It can’t be easy to be an independent retailer here. All the more reason to support these hardworking folks, right?
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Way back in March, Joy of Wild Rocketing and I popped by nana & bird‘s monthly pop-up shop in co-owner Georgina Koh’s charming Tiong Bahru apartment. It was a delightful shopping experience; Georgina and Chiewling Tan’s hand-picked inventory, sourced from their personal travels, was vintagey, eclectic, and feminine.
Now, the duo has relocated to a more permanent nest, to 01-02, Block 79, Chay Yan Street. Collectively called Tiong Bahru Commons, the new space houses a retail corner for nana & bird, as well as an office for Balls, a local design agency. nana & bird is currently stocking pieces by Emma Ware, LES FILLES, and Wonderhaus and recently showcased illustrator Celeste Anning‘s work in their store front.
nana & bird provides a pretty unique experience; it’s part-boutique browsing/part-personal shopper. nana & bird is open from 11am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday; customers can make an appointment to drop in on weekdays. But this Friday, the shop is hosting a “Late Night Shopping” event. “It’s the first time we’re doing this,” Georgina told me. “We thought it’d be great to have a little party. We will open at 5pm and will stay that way as long as the party is going strong.”