Getting a made-to-measure wedding suit

22nd June 2020 by Anthia Chng 2 Min ReadA well-made suit can make you feel like a million bucks. And that’s exactly how you should feel on your wedding day, no less! Whether you’re shopping for your wedding suit or a bespoke suit for work, consider getting it made-to-measure so it fits you perfectly. My husband Benjamin Mah got his suit done at Edit Suits for our wedding earlier this year – read on for his review.Ben’s wedding suit reviewWorking in a tech-forward, creative environment has its perks, like never having to worry about dress codes. My weekday essentials consist almost exclusively of T-shirts and jeans – sometimes even shorts. No need for “Dress Down Friday” when there’s “Floral Friday” to dress for!Unsurprisingly, as my wedding day drew nearer, my lack of experience with formal attire meant I had no idea how to look the part. Save for one off-the-rack jacket, I had never owned a suit in my life, let alone a tailored one. Thankfully, my worst fashion nightmare never saw the light of day and I have Edit Suits to thank for that.My first appointment couldn’t have gone better. I was relieved to find the showroom cosy and unintimidating — important as a first-time customer. The mannequins that lined the showroom walls displayed suits for every occasion, demonstrating the versatility of Edit Suits’ designs.I was attended to by the store’s Senior Style Consultant, Syafiq, who patiently guided me through the fabric and customisation options on offer. With a whopping 3,000 fabrics to pick from, there’s something for everyone here, style and budget-wise. I eventually decided on a midnight blue and grey combination from Dormeuil’s Amadeus collection for my three-piece suit. This premium collection is known for its comfort and excellent drape, and I figured it would be a worthy investment for my first made-to-measure suit. The measurement process that followed was swift but detailed. I tend to require very specific instructions for this kind of thing, but Syafiq worked with quick precision and the experience wasn’t as awkward as I feared it might be. I was particularly impressed with Edit Suits’ digital approach to suit customisation. After picking my fabrics and buttons, an iPad was presented with all the available options for fit, collar, cuff and more. The user interface is clear and easy to navigate, with illustrations accompanying every option, so the entire process was a breeze.The online platform also ensured full transparency, with every measurement and detail of the order saved to my Edit Suits account. This is a convenient reference for dreaming up your next suit, and it streamlines the process if you use your most recent body measurements. My suit was completed in two weeks and all it took is a slight alteration for the perfect fit. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. Now that the wedding is over, it’ll soon be my turn to take the role of a groomsman for my friends, so I’m already planning my next visit to Edit Suits!Edit SuitsLevel 2, 35A Duxton Road3158 3926 | [email protected]/sg

Online shop some new cool loungewear!

11th June 2020 by Anthia Chng < 1 It must be time to upgrade your stay-at-home wardrobe. Do you have video calls for work and need to look cool and calm, or just want some stylish loungewear for the weekend? We know that old house dress is wearing thin! Here are some fashion brands in Singapore where you can shop online for the perfect piece – or two… Primrose shirt dress, $110, Shopping at Tiffany’s Cable two-way sweater in Winter Jade, $279, Tove & Libra Butterfly dress in Tropical Garden, $239, Capsule by Juliette Blouson shirt, $140, and drawstring pant, $130, Tove & Libra White solo top, $85, White Ginger Ingrid shirt dress in Forest Green, $169, Capsule by Juliette Jackson cropped pant, $79, Shopping at Tiffany’sTop TipOpt for weather-appropriate basics in solid colours and neutral tones. They’re easy to match and equally suitable for both home and office!DirectoryCapsule by JulietteLevel 2 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road | 8333 8705 | capsulebyjuliette.com Shopping at Tiffany’s#02-03 Tanglin Mall | 6468 6156 | shoppingattiffanys.com Tove & Libratoveandlibra.comWhite Ginger#03-04 Tanglin Mall | 6235 0322 | white-ginger.comThis article first appeared in the June 2020 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!

Resort wear in Singapore that’s cool & casual

28th May 2020 by Expat Living 2 Min ReadDreaming about your next beach break or even just breaking out of the apartment?  You might be wanting to give your old clothes a bit of a break too! If you want to know where to buy resort wear in Singapore that will make you look even more cool than you already are, take some notes and inspiration from our sunny fashion photoshoot at Rumours Beach Club, Sentosa. We’ve also added in some shoes, jewellery and accessories. Here’s hoping we’ll be able to get dressed up and hang out at the beach bar soon!Resort Wear Look 1 & 2As worn by Jess:Pondicherry top in botanical print, $149, Capsule by Juliette; Gihane shorts in off-white, $149, Capsule by Juliette; Agate string bracelet, $18, White Ginger; 2402 White mule espadrille, $99.90, SupergaBeaded hoop earrings, $59, Shopping at Tiffany’s; Marlin sunglasses in crystal, $140, Truth&AllAs worn by Ana:Erin dress, $115, White Ginger; Beige fringe beach bag, $49, White GingerRattan and ancient disc earrings, $59, Shopping at Tiffany’s2730 Fantasy white swimming espadrille, $119.90, SupergaResort Wear Look 3Lily dress, $89, Shopping at Tiffany’s; Necklace, White Ginger; You Riviera Premium sandals in sand grey, $90, Havaianas; Maradji Caesar hat in champagne, $84, Capsule by JuliettePearl with shell necklace and shell pendant necklace, $45 and $30, White GingerMulti stone bangle, $99, White GingerResort Wear Look 4Pearl with shell necklace and shell pendant necklace, $45 and $30, White GingerGull sunglasses in deep blue, $140, Truth&All; Caterina hoops aqua earrings, $49, Shopping at Tiffany’sAgate string bracelet, $18, White GingerResort Wear Look 5 & 6As worn by Jess:Royal blue New York jumpsuit and belt, $129As worn by Ana:Evita dress, $130, White Ginger; Freshwater pearl necklace (used as bracelet), $95, White GingerMarlin sunglasses in black wave, $140, Truth&AllDolphin sunglasses in Havana, $140 Truth&All; Tassel earring, $15, White GingerWhere to buy resort wear in SingaporeRumours Beach Club: 40 Siloso Beach Walk | 6970 0625 | rumours.com.sg Capsule by Juliette: Cluny Court Level 2, 501 Bukit Timah Road | 8112 5361 | ccbyjuliette.com Havaianas: #02-20 Bugis Junction 200 Victoria Street Shopping at Tiffany’s: #02-03 Tanglin Mall | 6468 6156 | shoppingattiffanys.com White Ginger: #03-04 Tanglin Mall | 6235 0322 | white-ginger.com Superga: superga.com.sg Styleography: instagram.com/styleography.sgTruth&All: truthandall.comCreative Direction & Words: Anthia ChngStyling: Vrinda L Seth, StyleographyPhotography: Charu Shah, StyleographyLocation: Rumours Beach ClubModels: Anastasija Mitnika-Gonta, Jessica ChoiThis article first appeared in the May 2020 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!

Who are Raph and Remy?

Looking for safe and sustainable baby products that are also affordable? Whether you’re shopping for your newborn or want the perfect baby shower gift, you’ll find something from online store Raph&Remy’s beautiful range of baby clothes and newborn accessories.When TIFFANY OKUMU launched her baby essentials brand Raph&Remy, it was just three weeks before her second son was due. She even packed and delivered a customer’s order on the way to hospital, after her waters broke! That’s how passionate the Australian mum-of-two is about her business here in Singapore. We spoke to Tiffany for the inside scoop. Tiffany and her boysHow did you find yourself in Singapore?By chance, or maybe fate – probably more of the latter! In 2012, after spending two years in New York, I found myself at a bit of a crossroad, so I decided to visit my sister who was living in Singapore at the time. She and her husband always spoke so highly of it, so I had to find out more about this magical place that had stolen their hearts! I arrived and fell in love with Singapore, too. Fast forward eight years and this is very much home for us. We can’t see ourselves living anywhere else!It was also in Singapore where I met my soulmate – in my first year here. We married and have been fortunate enough to welcome two beautiful boys into this world – Raphael in 2017 and Remy in 2019. So our two sons and our family business Raph&Remy were all born here in Singapore!Why did you start Raph& Remy?After the birth of Raphael, I really struggled with the thought of returning to work and potentially missing out on all those magical moments with my child. So I decided I had to set up my own business – and from then on it was a case of “when”, not “if””. Tiffany and RaphaelI remember discussing a new idea with my husband at least three times a week for about three years straight, but we didn’t want to just start something for the sake of it. It had to be something I was super passionate about. I had my eureka moment just after we named Remy, in-utero, at three months pregnant.The journey to conceiving both of our boys wasn’t quick and easy. Remy happens to also be our rainbow baby, after losing our second pregnancy five months before his surprise conception. I therefore wanted everything to be perfect for our miracle child.One thing I always struggled with was finding affordable, high- quality and beautifully packaged baby products that are also safe, eco-friendly and built for comfort in our tropical climate. Something was always missing for me. I found it incredibly frustrating, and would constantly order items from overseas instead.So, I began designing products I’d love to be able to buy myself. I was focused on creating a few precious items for our special baby on the way. It was an incredibly inspiring and empowering time for us, designing and creating the essentials.Seeing our designs become a reality made me feel like I was floating for days. I became completely and positively obsessed with it all. When the first few samples arrived, I knew this was the beginning of something special that other mums-to-be would surely be interested in. With the backing of my husband, we decided to take a huge leap of faith and fully invest in the launch of Raph&Remy.From the beginning, we didn’t want to create just another company that sold products; we wanted to build a company with a soul. We wanted a brand, a business and a community that gave people a platform to connect and engage with each other, especially new parents who are about to embark on an exciting, daunting and life-changing journey.From the moment I became a mother, my purpose has been to love and protect my children with everything I have. And what I didn’t have and couldn’t find, I am now creating. I worked around the clock throughout my pregnancy, passionately creating every day. We launched the business three weeks before Remy was born. I even packed and delivered a customer’s order en route to the hospital, after my waters broke! This business really is my passion and it honestly doesn’t feel like work at all.What are your inspirations behind the designs?Before I create any product, I ask myself two questions. Do I believe this product is really necessary for babies and parents? How can I make the design as practical and chic as possible?I’m all about creating useful, high-quality and elegantly designed products that make parents’ lives easier, and offer the most comfort and joy to babies.What’s special about Raph&Remy’s products?Quality is a big focus; it ensures customer satisfaction and, most importantly, the baby’s comfort. Our collections include products, textiles and apparels designed with style and comfort in mind. We use bamboo, an all-natural material that’s kind to our body and the earth. An eco-friendly, sustainable and renewable resource, it’s three times softer and more absorbent than cotton.The fabric’s natural moisture-wicking abilities keep babies feeling fresh and odour-free, making it perfect for Singapore’s warm climate. Bamboo material has supreme breathability and is also temperature regulating, which means it keeps babies cooler in summer and warmer in winter, thus reducing the risk of overheating. Bamboo is also naturally UV-resistant and hypoallergenic, so it won’t cause allergic reactions.Raph&Remy’s products are OEKO-TEX certified, which means they’ve been tested to be free from over 100 chemicals that are known to be harmful to human health. This assurance is another point of difference for our brand. Baby teethersSecondly, many companies purchase wholesale goods from a factory and simply put their label on it. I created all our products from scratch, and oversee the entire manufacturing process to ensure quality is maintained. We only work with leading eco-friendly textile manufacturers in Asia. While this does cost us a little more, the end product is a result we’re truly proud of. I’ve spent months designing the products, and hours selecting colours, to get it just right. Even the gift packaging was painstakingly designed by me. We team our complimentary reusable gift bags with every purchase and our stylish gift box is an optional add-on.What’s the most popular product on your site?Our hooded baby towel and mitt set! It’s luxuriously soft and made from the finest quality organic bamboo. It’s three times more absorbent than even the finest organic cotton, and dries baby’s precious skin quickly while keeping them warm and incredibly comfortable. Featuring adorably fluffy ears atop its hood, it also comes with a matching, silky soft wash mitt to make bath-time a breeze. The set can be personalised through our online store for that extra special touch. It’s a beautiful gift for babies and kids up to three years old! Hooded baby towel and mittWhat’s next for the brand?I’ve been working on a new collection of day and night apparel for little ones aged zero to two, for about seven months now. These new products have been on my mind since the birth of Raphael in 2017. We’ve now got them just right and they’re currently in production. We couldn’t be more excited as we count down to launch them this month! Our customers have been asking for bigger sizing in our stylishly designed and signature silky-soft bamboo fabrics ever since we launched our apparel collection for newborns in December last year. I feel incredibly honoured and proud that parents and their babies are growing up with our brand and I can’t wait to make these must-haves available to them very soon – I know they’re going to fly!A Good CauseRaph&Remy will donate 20 percent of all sales from their eco-friendly, reusable premium tote bags to The Red Pencil (Singapore) Humanitarian Mission. The Singapore-based charity aims to bring the benefits of arts therapy (drawing, music, movement and dance) to children and low income families who have been through traumatic life circumstances such as life-threatening illness, violence and abuse.Discover the products at raphandremy.com, which offers worldwide shipping. You’ll also find the brand at Tanglin Mall, TANGS at Tang Plaza and Robinsons The Heeren.Liked this? Check out more stories on our Living in Singapore page! Pregnancy and exercisingBest stroller and car seat?

Trivia Thursday: 20 questions on fashion!

Welcome to Trivia Thursday, Expat Living’s weekly quiz! How about challenging a friend or family member? You can get together with them over Zoom, Houseparty or Google Hangouts. Every Thursday, we’ll put up a new quiz covering topics relating to pop culture, geography, history, language and more. This week, it’s 20 questions on fashion trivia! #1 Shoe company Reebok was founded in 1958 in which country?#2 Who wore an eye-catching “meat dress” to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards?#3 The record for the world’s longest wedding gown train stands at approximately 88 metres, 930 metres or 8.1 kilometres?#4 Which two-word French phrase refers to high-end, hand-crafted, custom-fitting clothing?#5 Match the country with the national dress: China, Myanmar, Vietnam; longyi, qipao, ao dai.#6 Finish this quote from TV series Absolutely Fabulous (“Ab Fab”) by inserting the name of a well-known fashion designer: “_____, sweetie!”#7 What fashion look do you associate with dyed black hair, dark lipstick and dark clothing?#8 Zippers were first commonly used in clothing in which decade, the 1890s, 1930s or 1960s?#9 What’s the surname of brother and sister fashion designers Gianni and Donatella?#10 The four “fashion capitals” of the 20th century were Paris, New York, London and where?#11 Who is the editor-in-chief of American Vogue?#12 Which item of women’s clothing takes its name from a nuclear testing site in the Pacific Ocean?#13 What type of outfit do you mostly associate with designer Vera Wang?#14 Which actress helped to popularise the ‘pixie cut’ in the 1950s, in films such as Roman Holiday?#15 What are the surnames of these famous 90s supermodels: Cindy, Linda, Claudia?#16 Which very common piece of clothing is believed to have taken its name from the Italian city of Genoa? #17 Jean Paul Gaultier made which iconic fashion undergarment for pop singer Madonna in the 1980s?#18 Which singer turned heads when she wore a dress resembling a white swan to the Academy Awards in 2001?#19 Which textile was most commonly worn by Ancient Egyptians: silk, cotton or linen?#20 The men’s evening outfit known as the tuxedo takes its name from a small town in Orange County, New York: true or false?BONUS(If you can answer correctly after the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require to identify the person.)I was born in 1959 in Long Island, New York. (10)My birth name was Karl Anderson Jr., and my mother, Joan Hamburger, was a model. (9)My first fashion project was designing my mother’s wedding dress when I was just five years old. (8)After enrolling in New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, I dropped out to work as a salesperson in a boutique. (7)I went on to become the boutique’s designer, and by 1981 I had launched my first label. (6)I’ve since become one of the world’s wealthiest designers, with an estimated net worth of US$600 million. (5)I was the first creative director of French fashion brand Celine, from 1997 to 2004. (4)Celebrities who have worn my designs include Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift, Kate Middleton, Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michelle Obama. (3)I’m also well known as a judge on Emmy-nominated reality TV programme, Project Runway. (2)I am Michael ____. (1)All the answers (no cheating!)#1 England#2 Lady Gaga#3 8.1 kilometres (almost long enough to stretch the entire height of Mount Everest)#4 Haute couture#5 China: qipao. Myanmar: longyi. Vietnam: ao dai#6 Lacroix#7 Goth / Gothic#8 1930s#9 Versace#10 Milan#11 Anna Wintour#12 Bikini#13 Wedding dress#14 Audrey Hepburn#15 Crawford, Evangelista, Schiffer#16 Jeans#17 Cone bra#18 Björk#19 Linen#20 True BONUS: Michael KorsLooking for other fun stuff? See our Things to Do section!

Where to shop sustainable sunglasses

Running a fashion brand that’s ethical and eco-friendly isn’t always easy, but it’s not impossible, either. One brand that I’ve recently discovered is Truth&All, which specialises in lightweight, comfortable and sustainable sunglasses that are handmade in Greece. Founder GEMMA VINCENT tells us more about her business, and how she sticks to her mantra that fashion shouldn’t cost us the earth.How did you find yourself in Singapore?My husband and I basically subscribe to the power of yes. It’s how I’ve moved to London, around Australia (I grew up in Queensland), and now Singapore. When my husband got offered a regional role, we weighed up the pros and cons for our family of four, and the pros won, so here we are. And we love it! GEMMA VINCENTTell us the story behind Truth&All.Having left my physiotherapy job in Australia, there was no better time to explore another passion. After moving to Singapore, the over-consumption of plastic really struck a chord with my husband and me. We set out to create a conscious version of anything that was Instagrammable.We believe eyewear is the ultimate social statement, both in fashion and in life. It allows you to say that you can choose to be conscious in your purchases and still look great. That really is our mantra at Truth&All. There is only one “truth” – that we live unsustainably – and then there is what we can “all” do about it, as a collective.How are Truth&All’s sunglasses made?We explored a number of materials before choosing to go with bio-acetate. While planning, a quote stuck with us: “If your bathtub was overflowing, you wouldn’t immediately reach for a mop – you’d first turn off the tap.” That’s what we believed we needed to do with plastics. Recycling only gets us halfway there, and we needed to stop the flow instead. Bio-acetate is one way to turn off the tap.Our frames are sustainable in the materials used and in how they are made, and this is important to us. Sustainable products also have to be ethically made. So, each pair is handmade in Greece by a socially responsible, family-run company, which supports fair wages and ethical working conditions. The manufacturing process involves over 48 individual steps and 36 quality checkpoints, before they reach our customer.The frames are made with Italian bio-acetate; it’s a material made from renewable sources of cotton, wood and natural alternatives to plasticisers (like resins). The bio-acetate is 100 percent biodegradable (under compost conditions) and fully recyclable. Our lenses are UV400, offering 100 percent UVA and UVB protection with a scratch resistant coating.The result is an end product that doesn’t compromise on style or the environment. We paired our gorgeous handmade frames with recycled packaging – a recycled felt and leather case, recycled microfibre cloth and recycled box.Tell us the inspiration behind your designs.We didn’t want to produce designs that were “fast fashion” and fleeting in their appeal. We worked with designers to select four classic shapes that are timeless, that suit a variety of face shapes and sizes, and that are crazy comfortable. This way, we’re supporting the notion of buying less, choosing well and making each purchase last.What were some of the challenges you had to overcome as a socially conscious brand?Staying true to our sustainable mission hasn’t been easy. Internally, we’ve faced difficulties, from the materials and manufacturing processes, through to delivery efficiencies and sustainable solutions. Even the paper used for our delivery notes is recycled.Also, when you first launch a business, the brand value isn’t instantly there; it has to grow over time. Consumer education requires time. People have to recognise that they have a choice to look beyond plastics, because fashion shouldn’t cost us the earth.What’s in the works for the brand?We’re really excited about our first birthday coming up in June! While we don’t want to be producing new designs every season and promoting over-consumption, we are working on expanding the collection later this year.How to be sustainably stylishBite-sized tips from Gemma#1 Wear Truth&All sustainable sunglasses, of course!#2 Shop local, sustainable brands. From shoes to swimwear, to jewellery, there are some amazing Singapore-based brand owners who put a lot of effort into ensuring quality designs are being produced responsibly.#3 Reprogram ourselves around the cost of products. We need to relearn how much quality products that are responsibly made should cost.Shop the range of sustainable sunglasses at truthandall.comWant more? See our style & beauty section!

How to take care of your designer handbags

28th April 2020 by Anthia Chng 3 Min ReadWhether you’re a passionate collector of designer handbags or you’ve just splurged on your first leather purse, it’s important to know how to take care of your precious arm candy – especially since they aren’t exactly cheap!Content creator PAMELA BASU, who runs a lifestyle and fashion blog Fashion Reflection, gives us some tips on how to look after designer handbags. Tips for looking after designer handbags#1 Always store your bag in a cloth bagYou can use the dust bag that normally comes with your purchase. If you don’t have one, there are other alternatives. One option would be to store them in clean, 100 percent cotton pillow cases. This allows your handbags to breathe nicely! Never use a plastic bag for storing, as plastic doesn’t allow fabric to breathe. This means that moisture can develop and build up over time, and you’ll end up with a ruined bag.#2 Maintain the shape of your bagWhen storing, never pile your bags on top of one another. Stuff your bag with scarves, clothes or acid-free tissue paper to maintain its original shape. Alternatively, use the paper rolls or stuffing that typically comes together with your bag when you first bought it.#3 Keep your bag away from direct sunlightThis tip is mandatory for coloured leather bags as sunlight can fade the colour of the bag and heat can ruin the fabric. Always store your designer handbags in a dark, dry place where there is minimal moisture and no direct sunlight.#4 Compartmentalise with reusable bagsI love to compartmentalise everything I carry in my bag or luggage. First, it saves you a lot of time from digging inside your bag and searching for a specific item. It also prevents the interiors of the bag from possible stains. For example, if there is any spillage of liquid or makeup products, it won’t have any direct effect on the interior of the bag. One tip is to categorise and store your items in resealable storage bags or reusable pouches.#5 Clean your bags frequentlyIt’s extremely important to clean and maintain your designer handbags on a regular basis! Moisture can sit inside bags when they’re in storage, causing them to lose their shine and texture. So, clean them more often, but don’t overdo it as chemical cleaning products can damage the materials they’re made from.For more of Pamela’s content, check out fashion-reflection.com.Five minutes with PamelaTell us about yourself!I moved to Singapore from London after my husband got a job offer to relocate here. We thought it would be a great opportunity to live, work and travel around this part of the world. Singapore is such an inclusive city – looking back, it was definitely a good decision; we felt so much at home after moving here. No place where we’ve lived has had the same sense of security that we feel whenever we go out in this city.My fashion and lifestyle blog, Fashion Reflection, was started out of my passion for writing about the things I love to photograph. It’s like my little space on the internet! Apart from writing, I keep myself busy with my daughter Aanayra. I also love to cook, which is why you’ll find the occasional recipe on the blog! What advice can you give to someone who wants to start a blog?Do what you love to do. If you love to blog, go for it; but don’t start just because others are doing it. If you’re not having fun while you’re blogging, then you’re not enjoying the process. Don’t take it as a work pressure. Write and enjoy your own writing. Remember that you’re doing it because it makes you happy. Don’t worry about how many followers or readers you have, especially when you’re just starting out, because it’s not a race. Have patience as your following grows gradually.This article first appeared in the April 2020 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!

Capsule by Juliette’s new summer range

14th April 2020 by Anthia Chng 2 Min ReadWe’re crushing on everything from French fashion brand Capsule by Juliette’s new summer range! As with past collections, the indie label’s latest launch features effortless one piece wonders like maxi dresses and jumpsuits, along with easy-to-match separates in gorgeous hand block prints. We get the inside scoop from Singapore-based founder-designer JULIETTE CAPILLAIRE.Named after a French movie from 1972, “L’amour l’après-midi”, which translates to “love in the afternoon”, is a 70s-inspired range that’s divided into three themes. The first category is all about boho chic; think light and weather-appropriate styles of long cotton dresses, maxi skirts and relaxed tops with flowy sleeves. They’re available in classic colours, and new and exclusive hand block prints like Spring Bloom. Kyra dress in white, $228 Kyra top in Spring Bloom, $149The second part of the collection features dressier styles. These are classy, versatile pieces for multiple occasions, taking you from the office straight to date night or an evening out with the girls. You’ll find a fab array of structured dresses, pants, tops, jackets and jumpsuits in a beautiful crepe material. The designs are also available in a bold print, Secret Garden. Kyra dress in Secret Garden, $349Crafted by Hand “Last but not least, we’ve also launched a mini collection of hand-embroidered pieces that are dear to my heart,” says Juliette. Featuring only three pieces – a top, a skirt and a dress – the black-and-white range is painstakingly handmade in Delhi using age-old hand-embroidery techniques. True to the brand ethos, Juliette works with small-scale and ethical factories, using 100 percent natural textiles and eco-friendly inks. The Parisian designer adds, “Capsule by Juliette encompasses a slow-fashion spirit that aims for quality, not quantity.Capsule by JulietteLevel 2 Cluny Court 501 Bukit Timah Road8333 8705 | ccbyjuliette.com

Look chic with a mask on!

13th April 2020 by Anthia Chng 2 Min ReadCan’t get your hands on surgical face masks at the moment, or don’t like the feel of paper ones? Consider using reusable face masks instead. Reusable cloth masks are washable, making them an eco-friendly option! If you’re looking to invest in a good one, CYC Made to Measure has rolled out a fab range on their site. Why not look stylish while you’re at it? Surgical versus clothBoth types of face masks are able to trap droplets, which is the main transmission route of the COVID-19 virus. But medical evidence states that surgical face masks are still more effective than cloth masks in protecting you from foreign particles.Nonetheless, there has been recent evidence suggesting that reusable cotton face masks provide 50 to 60 percent of filtration efficiency. On top of that, a study done in 2013 found that something as basic as two layers of a cotton T-shirt is highly effective as a barrier against virus particles of various sizes. The answer is simple: cloth masks do provide some protection, and that’s still better than none.Protect with styleCYC Made to Measure’s reusable cloth masks are made of an Egyptian cotton fabric to aid breathability. As the material is taken from leftover fabrics from high-quality shirts, you won’t be able to choose a colour. Think of it as getting a surprise! Because of this, wastage is reduced too, which is a big score on sustainability. The masks include a three-layered filter insert to provide added protection against foreign particles, but if you prefer an even finer filter, you can replace it with a surgical mask or another woven material instead. You should hand wash the mask and insert after each use. Soak it in hot water, and then wash it with laundry detergent. Replacement inserts are sold separately. The filterYoung ones aren’t left out, either! There’s a kids’ size for those aged 10 and below, as well as a teens’ size for those between 11 and 14 years.A cause to supportIf you’re good with sewing and you want to make a difference in this time of crisis, here’s an initiative you can join! CYC Made to Measure is recruiting volunteers to sew and supply 300,000 pieces of cloth masks for migrant workers under a high risk of infection. You’ll be given the mask kits and clear instructions, including a step-by-step video guide.For more information and updates on the project, visit their Facebook page.Written in collaboration with:[email protected] this? Check out more stories on our Style page!Things to do if you’re staying at homeWhere to buy men’s shirts 

White Ginger’s City Living collection

22nd March 2020 by Michaela Bisset < 1 Day to night fashionLocal label White Ginger has launched a new apparel collection with styles that will take you from office to bar. It’s a versatile range featuring dresses and jumpsuits in elegant shades of blue and white, and cheery pops of coral and pink.White Ginger has long been one of our go-tos for beach-friendly kaftans and vacation staples, but its latest collection is perfect for city living. “Many customers shop with us online from Hong Kong, Sydney and London, so we’re increasingly aware of our shoppers’ needs living in a city,” says owner Emma.Now on the East Coast!From 1 March, you can also shop White Ginger’s latest offerings at China Collection, a beautiful antique furniture showroom located in a charming shophouse at 252 Joo Chiat Road.Head there, to Tanglin Mall store or shop online for a gorgeous selection of colourful resortwear, as well as tops, skirts and dresses suitable for weekend brunches, everyday wear and more casual office wear.Psst… White Ginger has won gold in our Expat Living Readers’ Choice Awards 2020 for the second year in a row!White Ginger#03-04 Tanglin Mall and 252 Joo Chiat Road6235 0322 white-ginger.comThis article first appeared in the March 2020 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!