Meet 7 local bag and shoe designers from Singapore. Move over designer brands!

It’s not often you come across quality bags and shoes by local designers. So when we find them, we pounce on them!

These local brands will be showcased at prominent fashion shows in 2013 in Singapore, kicking off with Blueprint – Asia’s Fashion Gateway (more details at the end). So add you’d better them to the list of designers you need to get to know…

Arés by Sandra Holstad     

Ares by Sandra Holstad Black Python Live In BagFounded in 1997, Arés by Sandra Holstad developed from the chief designer’s love of travel and having the right accessories for her journeys. It has come a long way from its humble beginnings, which included more androgynous travel bags. The collection and designs have since grown into a must-have accessory for jetsetters.

Renowned for being fun, fierce and flirty, Arés by Sandra Holstad bags range from sexy disco bags to the famed oversized Live-In bags; its no wonder the brand has a cult following amongst connoisseurs of beauty, elegance and edginess. All Arés by Sandra Holstad bags are exquisitely handmade. Full collection available at, and selected items available at Gnossem.


Fabrix3 copyFabrix is a Singapore based brand, providing carry-goods built upon simple purposeful design. Pieces are inspired by a love for Mac products, and are designed to perfectly fit an iPod, iPhone, iPad or Macbook.

Each piece is handmade from premium materials, traditional construction techniques and conscious thoughtful design; bringing together various hues and textures of various textiles together, unifying them into products that are well-built, functional and stylish. And sewn to precision for a snug fit for your gadget. Fabrix products facilitate the enjoyment of digital lifestyle devices perfectly constructed for discerning individuals, facilitating their daily demands while commuting. Available at

Ling Wu

Ling Wu2 copyThe essence of Ling Wu is about bringing tradition to the cutting edge. Creators of python and leather bags that are modern, functional and beautiful featuring timeless materials, details and finishing. All Ling Wu bags are crafted in a deliberately small workshop and limited in numbers where the demand for this quietly luxe and stylish bag label has long been established.

Ling Wu is for the wanderers and urban warriors who are effortlessly cool, restless with energy and keen to veer off the beaten path. It is a true modern luxury. Available from Front Row, Quintessential, W Hotel, The Society of Black Sheep, Scotts Isetan, Tangs Orchard and online at Doorstep Luxury |


Littleoddforest2 copySince 2004, littleoddforest [奇异小森林] has been handmaking (with lots of love) delectable forest, fairy tales and wanderlust inspired, handmade lifestyle goods, accessories and oddities. Tailored for all young, quirky and colorful at heart, and grown-ups with imagination, littleoddforest goods are as much as possible ethically and honestly produced. All products are made at a Singapore home-based studio or a fair-wage labor workshop in the Philippines. Available online at  and at The Little Happyshop, Totally Hot Stuff, Nana & Bird, Doinky Doodles and Roccoco Kent.

Monarch Goods     

MonarchGoods copyMonarch Goods is a premium lifestyle brand with a focus on fine leather shoes. The young team comprises of three passionate Singaporeans who are bound together by an intense appreciation for quality, design, details and craftsmanship. This is evident in the shoes that they produce highly constructed – from sole and welt, to uppers – items from the finest raw materials available. Monarch Goods are skillfully crafted by the best leather artisans in Jakarta. Available at Goodgoods or online at


Pachelb1 copyPachelbel has burst into the Singapore fashion scene as the first vegan fashion label. With a goal to bring animal sustainability into fashion, Pachelbel believes in using animal friendly ingredients. Made of materials like bicast leather, polyurethane leather, vinyl polymer, nylon and jacquard embroidery, Pachelbel creates unique, in-house bag designs. Available online at

72 Smalldive

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA72 Smalldive is a Singaporean accessories label based in Milan, Italy. Leveraging the best craftsmanship, each 72 Smalldive piece is handmade, with love, from the most luxurious Italian leather. 72 Smalldive’s goods are currently found widely throughout Europe and so we are excited to see its homecoming at Blueprint in May. Inspired by the lyrics in Lush Life by Billy Strayhorn, Creative Director, Sze Tiong, elegantly executes his desire to dress sharply, live a life of uber class and pleasure through his leather accessories.

Until next time, happy shopping wherever you may be!

the travelshopa team XX


You are invited to attend Blueprint – Asia’s Fashion Gateway – EMPORIUM

Date. 18-19 May 2013

Venue. The Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975

Opening Hours. 11am – 8pm

Admission. Open to public. Free admission


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