Posted by - 23 August 2010 - No comments

Fashion paradise on Haji Lane

If you thought Singapore was all high street stores and designer boutiques, Haji Lane is the antithesis of the shopping malls which populate this small island.  The little lane is what the Meatpacking district is to New York and Hoxton to London, but not so urban, well this is Singapore after all.

The street is hidden on a tiny alley in the Muslim quarter, a short walk from Bugis Street.  It's one of those places that you could easily miss.  From the top of the street, there's nothing to indicate what lies behind the shop houses on this narrow back street.

Walking down the lane, the AB and I were filled with utter excitement as we discovered wall-to-wall shops.  Every single one different as the next.  It's a fashionistas paradise with everything from boutiques stocking designs by fashion students, limited edition Nike's to men's tailoring and even vintage Raybans.

Haji Lane highlights
There's so many notable shops to speak of, but here is a run down some of my favourites:

theblogshop, 35 Haji Lane

It's hard to define this shop.  It has such a varied and electic mix of stock.  The only common denominator is there is never more than a few made of each piece, so you feel like you're buying something very unique, without the ridiculous designer price tag.

KIN (Know It Nothing), 51 Haji Lane

This industrial and modern men's boutique includes an impressive range of menswear, footwear and accessories.  The ground floor is the main retail space, while the first floor is a dedicated gallery space showcasing local artists.

Mono+, 66 Haji Lane

This purple fronted shop, stocks vintage and retro-constructed clothing.  It also houses a cafe where you can stop and rest your weary legs after a day out exploring Haji Lane.

Carbon4, 64 Haji Lane

Carbon4 was one of the first retailers in Singapore to stock streetwear.  It includes stock  from the US, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan, and labels such as Obey and X-Large.

Wicked Laundry, 76 Haji Lane

This great little boutique stocking one-of-a-kind pieces and cutting edge designs was my favourite shop on Haji Lane.  I lusted after its adorable selection of handmade trinkets, pretty tea dresses and shoes.
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