4. Badgely Mischka
Celebrating its 31st anniversary this year, Badgely Mischka is known for its wearable glamour with a heavy dose of femininity. Behind the brand is duo Mark Badgely and James Mischka, who first met while studying in Parsons School of Design in New York. The brand has made its name with its stellar ready-to-wear pieces but it is also known for its rich evening gowns and wedding dresses. It even has ranges catered for the mother, bridesmaids and flower girl of the bride. A-list celebrities such as pop stars Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, as well as actress Julia Roberts, have all worn a Badgely Mischka creation.
Another sustainable, ethical label in this line-up, Reformation prides itself on its thoughtful creation process where most pieces take about 12 to 18 months before they are manufactured and sold. The lengthy process is needed to ensure that the pieces fit a variety of body types and sizes. Moreover, Reformation is committed to being as environmentally-friendly as possible, from the fibres used to the amount of waste created from the outfit production. Each piece lists the sustainability standard so that you can make an informed purchase. Finally, Reformation lets you into its sustainable factory in Los Angeles via hosted tours so that you’re able to meet the people who make the outfits.
6. Chrome Hearts
Lovers of jewellery need to put Chrome Hearts into your shopping list. Founded in 1988 by Richard Stark, Chrome Hearts is known for its signature high-end silver jewellery and cross-inspired designs. Richard started the brand creating clothing and leather products, and later became known for his accessories. The company has since expanded to include other metals, such as gold, and daintier silhouettes. The brand counts many celebrities as fans, including singers Rihanna and Lady Gaga and the Hadid sisters. Asian celebs such as Nicholas Tse and members of South Korean boyband Big Bang have also been spotted wearing them.
Hollister is one of the many fast fashion labels that we Singaporeans gravitate to when we ever make it across the globe to America. Known for its youthful aesthetics, Hollister also has an extensive range for both genders that cuts across clothing, lingerie, swimwear, accessories, shoes and fragrances. It’s also known for its inclusivity, with pieces championing pride as well as plus-size figures. Plus, Hollister has an accessible price point and is akin to Zara, Mango or H&M. What more can we ask for? Its parent company, Abercrombie & Fitch, is firmly rooted in Singapore, so we hope that Hollister will eventually make its way to our shores.