As leisure travel remains a forlorn hope, our sense of adventure may seem a little less perkier than usual. Have no fear though! The Sift & Pick curators are here to show you a whole new world ripe for exploration, right here at home with homegrown brands.
Right on time to ramp up the patriotic vibes this month for Singapore’s 55th birthday, check out a line-up of handpicked delights to whet your shopaholic appetite. #SupportLocal and start boosting our economy to better days ahead!
Reignite that peppy and curious spark in you as you rediscover the local scene for beauty or fashion to lifestyle goods – all right here in the sunny island you call home this National Day.
No Need to Queue for a Good Deal!
Go local this National Day and support Singaporean talents by treating yourself or loved ones with homegrown designs. Think beyond the usual orchid or Merlion magnets and check out this gift guide that GIFT by Changi Airport prepared!
Featuring gifts with a local twist, send a #GIFTbyChangiAirport surprise to your friends or family and remind them of all the wonderful things right at home. Get inspired with five bundle sets online, each priced at $55 in celebration of the nation’s 55th birthday!
Show your care to loved ones by sending an 1) Ultimate Protection bundle – five convenient travel-sized bottles of sdtravel Self-disinfecting coating spray in a Hello Changi Pouch available in three designs! The 2) Self Care Essentials bundle is also a sure-hit with two bottles of sdtravel, Antibacterial Masks, and a Mask holder – all in a colourful Ah Guo Pouch.
Know a friend who has been down since their travel plans have been cancelled? Choose between the 3) Best Value bundle – a Hello Changi Night Tote Bag containing a Changi Scent Candle, Yip Yew Chong Tiong Bahru Coaster set and an Ah Guo Designed Pouch, or a 4) Shoppers’ Favourite bundle consisting of two bottles of sdtravel, a Changi Scent Reed Diffuser, a Flight Mist and a Hello Changi Night Pouch. Either bundle of thoughtfully put together items would be a treat to their senses and a trip down memory lane of travel beginnings at Changi Airport.
For the foodie friend, how about the 5) Sustainable Shop & Dine bundle of a Changi Three Piece Cutlery Set, Changi Rain Vortex Tumbler and Rickshaw Coffee – all in a chic Hello Changi Night Tote Bag! Sustainability during meal times can now be stylishly easy with this bundle of goodies.
At only $55 for each bundle, be a true blue (or red) Singaporean this National Day and share! #Dontsaybojio
Bag it Up!
Local designers literally have it in the bag when it comes to sustainability. Take Lee&Tee Singapore for example – a brand which uses environmentally friendly microfiber leather. The result is an eye-catching accessory; such as their Emvy Multi-compartment On-trend Handmade Leather Sling Bag, or the nifty Vamos Handmade Leather Keychain Wallet that is perfectly sized for your little essentials like cards and keys.
Another homegrown brand, ANASTASIABYRAINE, is a strong advocate of animal friendly materials, hence uses only microfiber leather for their handmade customisable bags! Their bags aim to be a constant reminder of boldness and strength, which is achieved in their design details. Take the Madden That Lockdown Crossbody Midi for instance- distinct hardware such as chains and studs stand out in its unapologetic design. If you’d like a more subtle, beginner-friendly option, the Casandra Phone Pls Crossbody is perfect for quick errand trips while still exuding your own personal style.
An additional contender for vegan leather bags would be THE SOPHIA LABEL, specialising in producing quality, sturdy classic bags for everyday use. Their Emeila Handle Handbag, -a structured textured vegan leather handbag that comes with a detachable shoulder strap. It can also fit in A4 documents and features a zip closure for added security – ideal for commuting, without sacrificing style! For another classic yet functional bag, set your gaze on the Eliza Bucket Bag that comes with a removable compartment bag which can fit your bottle or umbrella.
Pushing its functionality up a notch, Gnome & Bow has incorporated special RFID-blocking technology into its latest lines of premium leather wallets to prevent credit card and passport fraud. With sleek, purposely built accessories such as its Envelope Coin And Card Holder or Envelope Crossbody Wallet, you can head out for a night out and with ease of mind.
Besides leather bags, Singaporean designers are not shying away from other material or forms of bags. Check out Multi-label Quintessential for their unique offerings that steer away from cookie-cutter norms – such as its Handbeaded Envelope Clutch in Floral Fantasy or Handbeaded Envelope Clutch in Happy Hearts! Each piece is meticulously made from scratch, so no two are alike. Run your fingers across the intricate beading as you admire the unique character of your very own Quintessential piece.
Everyone has a canvas bag in their wardrobe, but you are sure to stand out with homegrown brand Haliet. Portraying quiet strength with their bold textures, Issa bag in Jam, is a great fit for any cosmopolitan woman who desires style and function in one bag. Carry it over your shoulder or as a clutch – the scrunch pouch bag is sure to be your go-to bag for zipping out in a hurry. Prefer a crossbody and roomier option? The unassuming Yu bag might be the one for you.
For a real conversation starter, let’s turn our attention to artisanal Woodcraft Studio MU YU and its Beam Li – The Tall One or Square Bag; each of their bags are handcrafted and made from upcycled discarded wood materials from various carpentry and designer studios. Looking for a clutch that is a working conversation piece instead? How about the world’s first ever pursebook from Singapore social enterprise moriofficial? A blend of a notebook together with a purse – stylish, convenient and great for anyone on the go. Inspire travel-related conversations with the Nautical Pursebook or release your inner flower power with Floral Pursebook.
Elevate Your Look with the Right Accessories
Don’t you love how a statement pair of earrings or a subtle piece of jewellery can instantly jazz up your entire look, or add an extra dimension to your outfit? Here we have unearthed various Singaporean designers who did not disappoint for their quality and one-of-a-kind accessories.
Thrifty Thieves, a relatively newcomer to the accessories scene, offers a curated range of lightweight statement pieces. Both iconic resin pieces – Avo Honey and Cherry Darling Earrings will appeal to quirky eccentric ones out there for effortless avant-garde looks or that added pop of colour to an otherwise plain get up.
Leaning towards more organic materials? MU YU’s slow-made wooden Laurel and Adelia Earrings are a unique wonder on its own with the wood carved into a curved shape while maintaining the sleek lines of the wood’s grain.
For a subtle pep of style, consider Lune et Étoiles‘s In Love Earrings – a simple stud pair of smiley-faces and heart-shaped eyes in rose gold with muted pink zirconia, or the Smiling Face Necklace with a thin gold chain. The local brand seeks to spread positive vibes through its designs and wants their customers to have fun styling with their accessories.
Like an even more subtle statement piece? Look no further than locally-owned PLAIN SUPPLIES for its well-designed, functional and durable accessories – particularly its Cable Bracelet in the warm hue of Rose Gold. Hand cut and bent into shape, the bracelets are formed with 304 stainless steel which provide excellent resistance to corrosion and rust. For a more functional arm candy, The Everyday Watch 2.0 in Rose Gold by PLAIN SUPPLIES is a gorgeous minimalist piece that comes with interchangeable straps for three different looks in total; talk about a good deal!
SG Lifestyle Brands You Need
Besides talented designers, we also have an impressive array of homegrown lifestyle brand offerings! From beauty products, to sanitisers and organisers – Singapore creators never cease to amaze us.
Local consumer brand SimplyGood has taken to producing Food Grade Sanitisers that are non-toxic, skin-friendly and safe for use prior to eating. The Food Grade Sanitiser Special Bundle is also available for sharing amongst families and friends during these tough times.
To relax, how about a Floral Dream Soy Wax Candle from The Verdant Lab? A hand poured soy wax candle with notes of lavender, geranium and lemon to fill your space with a pleasant floral scent. The Verdant Lab also has Pure Cold Process Soap that is free from oils, colourants or exfoliating additives, so remember to keep washing your hands!
Looking to pamper yourself over the long weekend with some me-time? Be spoilt for choice with local beauty brands. Have yourself a delectable sweet treat literally, with The Bath Theory’s Nutella Lip Polish – try to resist the urge to lick your lips while scrubbing! 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free, they also offer facial treats such as a purifying Absolute Pink Face Mask for sensitive skin – detoxify pore and brighten your complexion in 10 minutes! For a calming version of a Pink Clay Mask, try Soul Good Project’s Pink Glow Face Mask that contains the gentle calming ingredient of Chamomile to soothe your skin.
Remember, before applying a mask, be sure to cleanse your face first to remove any excess sebum, make up or sunscreen! Try Iryasa’s Face Wash, a therapeutic herbal facial cleanser that is ultra-hydrating. The local beauty brand’s formulations are from 100% plant based ingredients, cruelty-free and non-GMO; all their ingredients are ethically sourced and all chemical nasties (synthetic fragrances, parabens, silicones and more) are avoided.
Amazed at the whole new world that Singapore brands have to offer in your own backyard? Go ahead and #SupportLocalSG designers and talents amidst these strange times. Cheer them on as they continue to create and design uniquely Singaporean products, to place our little red dot on the map for various goods! Explore the numerous options available to you on Sift & Pick today.