10 Singapore designer brands perfect for gift-giving

Choo Yilin’s jade bangles are a signature of the brand

1. Choo Yilin

The Astria Type A jadeite bangle from the fine-jewellery designer’s latest collection is crowned with a diamond-embellished, solid 18k rose gold clasp featuring Peranakan-inspired filigree. The bangles range from $8,000-$100,000.

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Carrie K is one of Singapre’s premiere designers

2. Carrie K

This playful brand has plenty of treats: an 8mm classic freshwater pearl necklace ($1,538 for 30 inches) or these 9k white gold rings – the green and pink amethyst ($388) and sky blue topaz ($498) stones are inspired by Peranakan tiles.

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Caratell’s designs are elegant and chic

3. Caratell

While luxe Singaporean jewellery house Caratell is better known for its intricate and ornate pieces, it’s the more simple rings – such as these stacked yellow and white gold diamond ones ($2,800-$11,200) that get our vote.

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State Property is known for their modern chic pieces

4. State Property

The new Unfold collection from edgy State Property was inspired by astronomy, says affable co-founder Afzal Imram. A standout are these 18k black gold Ellipses earrings with South Sea pearls and diamonds ($9,470).

5. Bynd Artisan

This custom bookbinding and leathercraft atelier has proven a huge hit in Singapore. Our favourite is this teal travel sleeve ($210), which can be personalised with the brand’s in-house debossing service.

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Oo La Lab (left), Bynd Artisan (right)

6. Oo La Lab

Craft your own personalised fragrance, essential oil or candle at this delicious apothecary. You can also choose from a wide variety of perfumes such as the fruity, fresh  50ml Cotton eau de parfum ($98).

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Wohabeing is the newest offering from the architecture firm

7. Wohabeing

Sustainable Singaporean architecture practice WOHA has branched out, designing exquisite furniture, textiles and tableware like this fine china bowl from its Blossom Banquet Set ($323.40 for a five-piece set).

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Onlewo uses traditional foods and locales as inspiration in their prints

8. Onlewo

This whimsical design studio creates original fabric designs that are adorned with local sensibilities. This Tiong Bahru silk scarf ($130) nods to the trendy neighbourhood that’s famous for its pre-war Art Deco houses.

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o+ offers both sunglasses and prescription lenses

9. o+

A stylish suite of minimalist shades and spectacles are available from this hand-crafted eyewear atelier. These stainless steel Taylor Clip shades with premium CR-39, UV400 lenses and scratch-resistant coating are a steal at just $79.

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One.61’s elegant clutches take inspiration from Singapore landmarks

10. One.61

Our favourite from this luxury brand is this new geometric Esplanade clutch (price on request). Inlaid with mother-of-pearl and studded with gold spikes, it’s inspired by the Little Red Dot’s famous durian-shaped structure.

SEE ALSO: 3 days in Singapore: The Christmas edition

This article was originally published in the December 2018 issue of SilverKris magazine





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