Singapore’s stores are stocked full of produce from around the world, but forget about the big stores for now. Investigate some of the greatest artisans and you will discover products made with love, care, attention to detail, and above all, a sympathetic understanding of local commerce.
I recently attended #blogmeetsg, organised by Lulabelle Lifestyle, where local brands showcased their little part of the world. Here are just some of the highlights:
You don’t have to go as far as Ecuador for a signature Panama hat – just visit Hat of Cain. The weaving process, that has become ubiquitous with the supple, white toquilla, has been perfected over three thousand years into a 100% natural and ecologically-friendly style statement.
Handmade jungle ornaments, from Tamarind Living, make great gifts, or decorations. These Fair Trade products also support street children in Rajasthan.
Hacienda Blue is home to beautiful eclectic furniture and homeware, inspired by cultures from around the world. A special thank you to Josephine for the bone inlay tray, which is now a striking talking point, and a welcome addition to my home.
For authentic jewellery try Simone Irani’s silk bangles for a pop of colour, or Jasper Living for Asian inspired beaded bracelets.
If you’re looking for some local gifts take a peek at Just My Type for greetings cards, posters and bespoke maps.
On the cosmetics front, Katharos Organics offer a range of environmentally-friendly skincare products, along with Havaroma for natural aromatherapy stress management in a bottle. And to keep your body trim, as well as your skin, contact Vicky at Vitalize for a private 1:1 pilates session in your home. She put me through my paces!
#blogmeetsg took place on 11th February at Edit Lifestyle.