Small Independent Local Brands You Should Keep A Look Out For

Singapore is not lacking in the creative and design scene as evident from these independent brands helmed (largely) by designers who are proudly hawking their wares and creating or curating products to fill in the gap they identified in the local market. From candles capturing a specific scent, or a homegrown make-up label, #supportlocal with these local independent brands that are curating cute and quirky products we never knew we needed.
1. Hornest


Purveyor of all things outdoorsy, Hornest is a marketplace of quirky military paraphernalia peppered with a dose of local fanfare and pop culture. They also bring in high quality tactical and outdoor gears from the United States, which are battlefield proven. In order to ensure that their products are durable and reliable, they employ a group of professionals to test the products.
More information here.
2. Ohleaf






Ohleaf curates ceramic products from budding artists all over the world, focusing on traditional ceramic making skills as well as novel contemporary design concepts. With a range of adorable mini decorative vases, handmade tablewares and accessories, these artisanal products are sure to add a pop of cuteness into your home or workspace.
More information here.
3. Faux Fayc


Seeing that there was a lack of homegrown cosmetic brands, Faux Fayc was created to fill that gap in the local scene. Catering to women of all ages, their novel, dramatic and bold cosmetic line is a cult favourite among makeup gurus and local social media influencers.
68 Orchard Road,
Plaza Singapura #B1-32A
Singapore 238839
Opening Hours
11AM – 10PM
More information here.
4. Pew Pew Patches


Launched by Hong Kong-based Singaporean fashion designer Dawn Bey, the brand hopes to bring back the fun and ‘collector-like’ nature of iron-on patches. Designed in collaboration with her graphic designer friend Danny Kostianos, they create witty and cute patches that are original artworks, or are homages to the different local cultures.
More information here.
5. ALT-F4

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Founded by a local design student, local indie cult label ALT-F4 started out as a hobby and side-project, and rapidly transformed into a booming business gained popularity through local art markets and social media. It has even expanded operations to have their apparel being sold at Naiise Suntec, and also Major Drop at Sunway Pyramid in Malaysia.

More information here.
6. A Dose of Something Good

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Created by a husband for his wife due to the lack of a scented candle that they liked, A Dose of Something was born to capture the right feeling or memory that was important to them. Each hand-poured candle captures a specific scent, made using the finest quality wax blends, hand-cast porcelain containers, natural fibre wicks and a curated collection of scents using a blend of the finest fragrance materials, natural extracts and essential oils.
More information here.
7. The RAF Store

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Think you can only get tumblr-worthy clothes and accessories out of the country? The RAF Store designs and sells products dripping with teenage angst and pastel punk aesthetic.
More information here.

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