SINGAPORE - SHOP - Manifesto

This multi-label concept store is unlike any other you’ve seen so far in the city. The first thing that crosses your mind is “Where am I?”. Well basically, you’re in Walid Zaazaa’s creative mind, a world where art, architecture and fashion all come together. This French fashion designer has worked with brands like DKNY and Calvin Klein for 15 years before opening what is today the most avant-gardist and coolest store in town. More than half of the brands you’ll find here are new to Singapore. Think Gilet, Inari, Mads Norgaard or Maison Olga… And by coming here, you’d definitely save a shopping trip to Japan, Denmark or France.

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Zaazaa’s idea is to welcome everyone, “no matter if it’s to buy an affordable postcard, or to get a 300 dollars Maison Kitsuné dress”. That sounds like a lovely Manifesto.

ASK : What’s coming up. The store also aims to host events and exhibitions, Daniel Buren for example might come soon.

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Singapore -One of a kind- Books Actually

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Your attention please, rare specimen here. This Independent bookstore, unique in Singapore, almost went out of business several times but survived thanks to owner Kenny and his team’s passion and devotion. Specialised in fiction, they house the largest collection of Singapore literary publications and publish poetry, novel and essays under their imprint “Math Paper Press”. You’ll also go crazy for the wide range of magazines. Plus they have a vintage bric-a-brac at the back, like a tiny tiny flea market. If you have time for only one place in Tiong Bahru. This is it.

ASK: for the hand stitch notebooks and stationery they produce under Birds & Co.

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Singapore -Tintin & Co- Woods in the books

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Another Indie bookstore and neighbour of Books Actually. Woods in the books specializes in picture books for all ages. From comics to graphic novels, you’ll meet Tintin and The little Prince. And also gems from local authors, Illustration paradise.

ASK: For drawings and toys created by the shop owner and artist Mike Foo.

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Singapore -Hipster Corner- Strangelets

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This is the story of 4 interior designers and architect friends who travelled the world in order to create a shop that would gather charming and clever items. The result is this little design shop, a response to hyper-mega mass production. High-End. Think tableware by Astier de Villatte, Jewellery by Kiel Mead, lighting by Mark Product…  Beautiful, quirky, and expensive.

ASK: For the singaporeans frozen treats “Popaganda”. And for the crafts from Heart works, part of a social project in Cape Town. They’re one of the few little affordable things to buy in Strangelets.

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Mumbai -Must shop- Bungalow8

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Since 2003, Mumbai’s beautifully styled first concept store spotlights the very best of Indian inspired design and fashion.  This is where Madonna and Sting shop when they are in town. From dining and living, bath, bed and fashion, everything is lifestyle connected. Walking thru the shop is like living in a dream house. Bungalow 8’s philosophy is to pair “Indian-ness with global-ness”. Charming.

ASK: For their house designed kimonos to bring some cosiness back home

At the time of writing, the Colaba store was about to move to Churchgate.

An organic pop up restaurant helmed by owner Maithili Ahluwalia’s mother is coming up in September.

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Mumbai -Quirky Shop- Loose Ends

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Ex media professional Madhumita Goswami created this quirky shop that carries home accessories, clothes and retails “stuff less ordinary”. Its goal is to gather things that are “unlike any other available in the market”. Located near the popular Bandra market, you will indeed find products you have never seen elsewhere. Cushion covers, T-shirt, ashtray… A good stopover to buy an eccentric gift.

ASK: For the vintage Hindi film posters. You might be able to find something unusual and stylish.

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Mumbai -Hipster Corner- Filter

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This little hipster corner store curated by advertising copywriter filters, as well as showcasing the works of illustrators, photographers, graphic designers and product innovators. The store offers a range of products that goes from limited edition prints and stationery, to T-shirts, mouse pads, diaries, sketchbooks… A good mix of local and international modern refined aesthetics.

ASK: For the latest works from Mumbai designers.

11am-7pm- Closed on Sundays

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Mumbai - Local & global lifestyle- The White Window

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Former film actress Twinkle Khanna, ventured into interior designing and founded The White Window, a décor retailed store which aims to present items with timeless designs. Miss Khanna has won an Interior designer reward since then, and her shop provides a wide range of products from local artisans to globally sourced object and vintage pieces.

ASK: For the Buddha head candles. They never melt. Made in India.

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Mumbai -Shop local- Fabindia

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Fabindia was created in 1960 by American John Bissell to curate sustainable rural employments. Today, the brand works with over 15 000 artisans. Their stores (over a 100) offer everything in one go, all made from traditional and hand based processes: Textiles, fashion items, stationery, furniture, organic food… Their body care products are particularly worth the try. All at affordable price.

ASK: For their lemon and mint foot scrub. Such a relief after a walking day.

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