In recent years, Singapore has become quite the hotbed for creative and entrepreneurial activity, evident from the fresh labels blooming in the local e-commerce market ever so actively. In this National Day feature, we have shortlisted 5 of our favourite homegrown brands, each unique and outstanding in their own arenas. These up-and-coming labels are to watch out for in the coming years, and definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already heard of them!
1. SSEK Jewelry
Art is everywhere-- in a sunlit sky, in natural stones, and even in the trees as their leaves flutter, gently caressed by a breeze. SSEK Jewelry is inspired not just by colours or gradients in these elements all around us, but the discipline in what they do stretches past that. Jewelry is their chosen medium as an expression of the intangible: feelings, seasons and dreams.
Each piece is carefully handcrafted in Singapore, with every colour combination, every selected material and every movement created with intent. Unlock a kind of freedom when you wear jewelry that’s easy to pair, but also embodies something different to jolt and surprise.
2. Hello Circus
Hello Circus is a locally run design studio that designs and partners with artists. Their online boutique offers a curated selection of exclusive wallpapers that are sustainably produced in Europe, using responsibly sourced and recyclable materials. With a wide variety of designs ranging from the classy and minimal, to colourful and whimsical patterns, Hello Circus’ well-designed and quality wallpapers will allow you to create a space that is special and personal to you.
Here’s a little secret we’ll let you in on - we’re currently working on an exciting project between Papercranes Design x Hello Circus, so you can look out for that in the coming months!
3. Rough Beauty
Rough Beauty features handcrafted botanical bath and body products made with simplicity and sustainability in mind. They source for quality natural ingredients, using only plant essential oils and herbs and spices for scents and colours.
The Rough Beauty brand name was inspired by the quiet traverses during a trip to the majestic Himalayan mountains. The rugged terrain, with its haunting beauty left a deep impression and continues to inspire and remind of their philosophies of simplicity and sustainability.
4. Kindred Teas
Inspired by their love for travel, and the precious moments spent with family and friends, Kindred Teas believes that tea can foster relationships; bringing you closer to the people you share it with. Their mission is to bring you quality teas from around the world so that you can create these moments with those that matter most, or simply savour during some quiet time alone.
Check out their newest blend in light of National Day - Pandan and Butterfly Pea Green Tea - that’s inspired by the traditional foods of Singapore. Hojicha (roasted green tea), fragrant pandan and butterfly pea flower combined to give a bold cup with a deep blue liquor.
5. Artisan of Sense
Artisan of Sense is true handcrafted Singapore luxury. Botanical fragrances, elegant and reusable containers that they design in-house and naturally formulated candles are the backbone of who they are. Every candle is made of eco-friendly and sustainably harvested soy wax from US-grown soybeans, 100% pure essential oils and lead-free cotton wick. They believe in respecting and caring for ourselves and our planet. That is why all their products are plant-based, with no phthalates, no parabens, no sulphates or toxins. Just love.
This National Day, do also check out our bestselling Singapore on Paper postcards, lovingly created to encourage the rediscovery of some forgotten landmarks in Singapore!