Tiong Bahru is known for its sordid past, its Art Deco public housing estates and its bevy of hipster cafés. Although Books Actually and Strangelets – located in the heart of the Tiong Bahru Market – have become household names in Singapore, many people don’t realize that Tiong Bahru is also a great place for stylish clothing stores that feature a healthy dose of vintage, one-of-a-kind items. So, next time you’re in the neighborhood for your weekend brunch fix, be sure to check out these vintage boutiques and add something unique and daring to your wardrobe.
One of the coolest shops to grace this little island, Flea & Trees is run by husband and wife team Terence Yeung and Bella Koh. Flea & Trees is great because the store carries the most random assortment of things, but everything has been carefully chosen by the couple, who suit a particular vintage, bohemian aesthetic. The store carries everything – lamps, jewelry, pins, clothes, homeware and more – all vintage of course. They also offer some not-so-vintage items, like healthy snacks, cute plants and beautiful design books. Step into Flea & Trees, and stay a while – you never know what great treasure you’ll uncover.
Flea & Trees, 68 Seng Poh Lane, #o1-10, Tiong Bahru, Singapore,+65 8139 1133
Echo of Nature
Echo of Nature was first established in Singapore in 1990. The name of the boutique is meant to evoke ideas of adaptability and individuality. The stylists behind Echo of Nature strive to create pieces where natural fabrics complement professional designs in order to create clothing that can be worn comfortably in Singapore’s equatorial heat, while simultaneously looking effortlessly stylish all day and night. These are clothes for professional women; each item of clothing is designed so that any look can transition from formal lady-boss to casual fashionista with the ease of few small accessory changes.
Echo of Nature, Tiong Bahru Plaza #01-139, 302 Tiong Bahru Rd, Tiong Bahru, Singapore, +65 6352 2053
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