A preview of stores at new Capitol mall

A preview of stores at new Capitol mall

Capitol Piazza, the new mall situated on the grounds of the historic Capitol Building and Stamford House, opens early next year. Here's a preview of its offerings.

Napapijri

Pronounced "Napa-peery", this Italian clothing brand fuses fashion with expedition.

Its name, which means Artic Circle in Finnish, just adds to its outdoorsy, if somewhat upscale aesthetic.

Estimated to open in mid-January, this will be its first store in South-east Asia. Although it is known for its technical ski outfits, the Singapore store will focus mainly on the Geographic collection of everyday items such as shirts, polo T-shirts, sweaters and trousers.

Napapijri is part of the American VF Corporation that also owns other outdoor brands including The North Face, Timberland and Jansport.

On what sets Napapijri apart from its other brands, Mr John Gearing, vice-president and managing director at VF Corporation Asia Pacific, says: "There is a lot of detailing in our clothes; it's not bling or outlandish."

Prices for men range from $79 for a T-shirt to $1,199 for a leather jacket, while the women's range starts from $109 for a T-shirt to $1,599 for a ski jacket.

Marimekko

The Finnish design and fashion company will open its first Singapore store at the mall.

Founded in 1951, it is known for its vibrant and giddy patterns, such as the Unikko (poppy) print, which has been in production for the last 50 years, as well as the Kivet print of arranged circles.

Over the years, Marimekko has collaborated with several other fashion and beauty brands, including H&M, Converse and Aesop. The Australian skincare brand Aesop will also be opening a store at Capitol Piazza.

Prices range from $25 for a Marimekko fabric pot holder to $605 for a fully lined spring coat.

The brand says the store will open some time in January.

Max.Tan

Local designer Max Tan is on a roll.

Earlier this month, Carmen Dell'Orefice, 83, the grand dame of the modelling world, walked down the runway for his show at Digital Fashion Week.

Come mid-January, he is set to open his first stand-alone store since starting his career in 2010.

Aside from offering his architectural womenswear and menswear collections, he will also carry other local brands - womenswear brand YouYou and accessories brand Mandy Wu. It will also stock Swedish fashion label Odeur.

The 29-year-old Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts graduate has found success with his eponymous label beyond Singapore. It is stocked in stores as far as Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

"We've been receiving enquiries from customers for a place where they can view the full collection. We hope that with this stand-alone store, our customers will have a more comprehensive shopping experience," says the designer. The label has been stocked in multi-label stores here.

Prices range from $169 to $899.

Manifesto

This may be Singapore's answer to the hip multi-label stores, Colette in Paris and Dover Street Market in London.

Founded by Walid Zaazaa, a Frenchman with 15 years of fashion design experience at brands such as Calvin Klein, DKNY and Replay, the concept store will feature a wide selection of international cult labels.

Exclusive to Manifesto are: Italian fashion brand Costume National, French fashion brand Christophe Lemaire, Dutch fashion brand Avelon and French swimwear brand Swim-Ology.

Other brands available include French apparel brands Maison Kitsune and Surface To Air.

Prices range from $10 for socks to $2,500 for a Costume National dress.


This article was first published on Nov 28, 2014.
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