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Orchard Road is Singapore’s most established and varied shopping strip. Luxury ateliers such as Harry Winston and Cartier at the imposing, futuristic-looking ION Orchard; local brands AllDressedUp and Raoul at Paragon; smaller, self-manufactured homegrown labels at teen hangout the Heeren; and all the usual shopping staples (Topshop, H&M, Uniqlo, Pedro) pack this 1.3-mile tree-lined route that was a former fruit orchard.
The tai tais (socialites, or ladies who lunch) flock to ION, Paragon, Ngee Ann City and Mandarin Gallery for big-name labels like Chanel and Bvlgari. Those with a little more edge will head to Jimmy Choo and Ashley Isham; their daughters follow suit for the red-soled Louboutins and flirty Marc Jacob frocks. If you tend to like indie- and street-style threads, Hansel and BAPE are also on the way.
Pois at Paragon and its offshoot enVie de Pois are the ultimate one-stop shops for lesser-seen designers, such as Alessandra Rich, Alexandre Vauthier, Amaya Arzuaga, Catherine Regehr and Hervé L Leroux. Shop these spots for duds that no one else will have back home.
If wading through throngs of people is not your idea of luxury shopping, go farther down to the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, where the exclusive Louis Vuitton Island Maison is located. The nautical-inspired interiors of this French brand’s first Maison in Southeast Asia were designed by acclaimed architect Peter Marino. While you won’t find limited-edition items here, you will inside the Shoppes in the main building — Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Fendi, Hermès and definitely at Van Cleef & Arpels.
For goods with a more eclectic, hipster and independent flair, head over to open-air Haji Lane. Local labels, vintage and secondhand clothes, and a small but cute array of home accessories fill the stout shophouses that flank this narrow lane. Pick up structural dresses and tops at Egg3; peruse Parisian vintage shoes, dresses and bags at Nostalgic Diva; and ride off with a lightweight, vintage-looking bicycle at Tokyo Bike.
Go off the beaten path to Frederick Lee’s studio for a customizable outfit. This local fashion and costume designer, known for his extravagantly crafted wedding gowns, has delved into other kinds of clothing and will create a one-of-a-kind ensemble just for you.