Landed your first job? As much as it’s important to get all the administrative stuff out of the way, it’s also time to start building your professional wardrobe – because one gotta look their best even when they’re on the clock. Instead of the usual fast-fashion retailers most people would usually go for, why not switch things up with some homegrown threads? From office-ready staples to elevated basics, give your corporate wear a stylish upgrade with these local fashion labels that showcase your unique personality!
Nothing fits more perfectly than a well-tailored suit that is completely made-to-measure. With the idea of producing bespoke wear that are not easily available off the rack, sisters Olivia and Amanda Lin strive to deliver timeless apparel for both men and women that are suited for any occasion. Though it can be a tad costly to have a spiffy new shirt (approximately $220) or an exquisite blazer (approximately $400) made just for you, the idea of a custom-made outfit should be enough to warrant an appointment at Inventory.
For the modern girls with a penchant for contemporary pieces, Qlothe (pronounced as ‘klo-they’) might just be what you seek. Helmed by male founder Elvynd, this independent label crafts thoughtfully designed clothing that are equal parts chic and meaningful – such as the Audrina Pleated Skirt ($45) and Estelle Wrap Dress ($69). In an effort to reduce the brand’s carbon footprint, sustainability is at the heart of what they do, whether it’s through sourcing for ethical fabrics or improving the welfare of the people they work with. Who says you can’t do your part for the environment while shopping?
Founded by young designer Bessie Ye, Rye is a Singapore-based womenswear label that’s all about minimalism and sophistication without breaking the bank. Their philosophy? Less is more, which results in a tightly edited collection of pared-down, everyday staples like the Pinafore Jumpsuit ($189) and Cupro Drawstring Flared Pants ($159) that will work hard in your wardrobe without going out of style.
Launched by award-winning designer Larry Peh in 2014, Faculty is borne out of the desire to deliver classic menswear that is manufactured with the highest level of craftsmanship. Their items are designed with functionality in mind without compromising on the aesthetics – think simple cuts and quality fabrics with a punch of bold detailing. Take their best-selling White Club Oxford Shirt ($355) for instance, which features a pair of larger cuffs as well as a deeper patch pocket to accommodate daily accessories.
Founded in 2017 by power duo Lauren Tan and Velda Tan, Our Second Nature is a womenswear brand that embodies artsy prints as part of its brand image. Unlike traditional brands in the market, their items are inspired by everyday moments in life which sets the theme for each capsule. Their latest collection ‘Trail’ includes pieces like the Trail Overlap Midi Skirt ($89) and Square-Neck Maxi Dress ($109), which are aptly designed to take you from work to play.
From classic formals to unique casuals, The Shirt Bar provides a comprehensive range of quality menswear that allows you to showcase your individuality in and out of the boardroom. Unlike their mass-produced counterparts, they pride themselves on specially engineered shirts such as the TF White Checks SC Spill Resist Shirt ($149), which is designed with technologically advanced finishing that lets you easily wipe off any liquids that spill onto your shirts – no more embarrassing coffee spills!
This article was adapted from Teenage Portfolio 2019.