nana & bird kids


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I’ve been a fan of nana & bird since 2011. Then, co-owners Georgina Koh and Chiew Ling Tan sold their hand-picked inventory, sourced from their personal travels, from Georgina’s charming Tiong Bahru apartment. I recently visited the duo’s second space in the trendy neighborhood, at 59 Eng Hoon Street, #01-65, to check out nana & bird kids, a collection of designer children’s labels.

Currently, nana & bird kids carries Mini Rodini, one of Scandinavia’s fastest growing children’s wear brands, and Wolf & Rita, a line of boys’ and girls’ shirts from Portugal. 

I’ve been introduced to so many Asian women’s labels by nana & bird; I hope, soon, nan & bird kids will carry unique and bold children’s brands from closer to home.

Connect with nana & bird kids on Facebook and Instagram.

Aide de Camp

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‘Kay, so I’m in the market for a new camera bag. I usually carry my gear in a small, nondescript, black bag that was purchased way back when with my beloved Canon AE-1. While browsing Naiise.com, a Singapore-based online marketplace, I stumbled upon Aide de Camp, a line of utilitarian and stylish camera bags.

Founder and photographer Michele Ng discovered that most camera bags favored practicality over style and used heavy materials or added unnecessary details without providing enough space for personal items. Michele’s friends were resorting to wrapping their DSLR cameras in scarves and tossing them in their evening bags.

Aide de Camp‘s bags are lightweight and water resistant, have removable padding, and feature a removable cross body strap. They are also not cheap; The “Evie“, the bag that I have my eye on, is SG$279.00! Birthday splurge, maybe?

Connect with Aide de Camp on Facebook.

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I recently “rediscovered” lilreddotfolks Previously, this blog featured a series of carefully staged photographs featuring a single subject “rocking [his or her] very own personal style” and a short interview. Now, it showcases creative Singapore residents in their homes or studios.

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Reflective of a particular hipster-y aesthetic/consumerism? For sure. But inspiring! (And apartment envy-inducing, I do admit!)

Connect with lilreddotfolks on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Saloni Rathor


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‘Tis the season to buy some dresses, isn’t it? (And not just for the tykes!)

A friend recently turned me onto Saloni Rathor, a line of luxurious womenswear by designer Saloni Shrestha. Her F/W 2013 collection, The Passage, features ready-to-wear pieces that combine clean lines with sumptuous colors like claret plum, jade green and Persian blue. Her choice of fabrics is splendid—from Indian silks to Indonesian laces to Japanese cottons.

Find Saloni Rathor at Mythology on Club Street and Victoria Jomo on Haji Lane and online at gnossem.com and mademoisellecatwalk.com. Connect with the label on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

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And if you are searching for local designers to wear this festive season, I highly recommend Travelshopa, a shopping search site that links buyers to multi-label boutiques, pop-up shops, and market stalls around the island. The site allows shoppers to sort by location (Holland Village or Marina Bay or Chinatown, e.g.) and item (bespoke, sale, maternity, e.g.). Utterly brilliant! Connect with Travelshopa on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

(Additional credits: Photographs via Saloni Rathor.)

Missy Messy

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One of my favorite local children’s labels is Missy Messy, a delightful line of girls’ and boys’ clothes designed by wife-and-husband team, Yuling and Andy, and hand-sewn by Andy’s mother.

My daughter owns two Missy Messy dresses, including a gorgeous, hot pink cheongsam from the company’s 2013 collection. Missy Messy’s wares are impeccably made, I do attest. Their cheongsam collars are cut so that they don’t irritate tender necks, but still hold up regally, just the way a cheongsam should. Their cheongsam pockets are the perfect size regular sized angbao. And best of all, their cheongsams, and many of their other dresses, are designed a-line so they can fit comfortably as tunics as little girls get taller and taller.

Missy Messy launched its 2014 collection at this weekend’s Public Garden and promptly sold out! Yuling and Andy are currently taking pre-orders on their website and promise to deliver all orders placed by December 16 by Chinese New Year. (I have my eye on their Lindy Lace Cheongsam.) And this year, for the first time, their collections includes togs for boys!

(Additional credits: Photographs via Missy Messy.)

In Good Company

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As you know, I’m always on the hunt for local labels to add to my wardrobe. And now, I prowl boutiques for Singapore-designed, special occasion clothes for my daughter, too! So far, she owns one dress by Elly and another by Missy Messy.

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Sven Tan, who previously helmed alldressedup, recently launched his new womenswear label, In Good Company, at multi-label boutique Front Row. The first collection features beautiful dresses and classic separates. However, it was The Mini Me Capsule that caught my eye! It features fashion-forward, style-appropriate, sized-down replicas designed for girls ages three to eight. The label promises that one-third of every collection will feature ‘mini-me’ versions. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

More images from both the womenswear and children’s wear collection over at Fash-Eccentric. Connect with In Good Company on Facebook.

(Additional credits: Photographs via In Good Company’s Facebook page; Photo layout via Pugly Pixel.)