Kate Spade Saturday

The buzz: Kate Spade New York’s new and lower-priced diffusion label, first launched in Japan in March this year, opens its first standalone store at ION Orchard. The vibe: As chic as the main line, butyounger and quirkier. Sunshine yellow, contrasting with modish black-and-white graphic prints, is slathered all over the clean-lined boxy boutique—on the […]

Lunch @ LP+Tetsu

The deal: The new $28 bento box at this swish French-Japanese restaurant includes some perfectly fried pork katsu, sashimi (with soy espuma for dipping), rice and miso soup. Alternatively, opt for the Encounters menu, which offers two courses ($35) or three courses ($45) of plates like duck breast with red fruit miso. Why it’s worth […]



Interview: DJ Miles Perlich of United Groove

Uber-talented US musician helms United Groove, a music collective of Afro-Latin, jazz, soul and funk sounds. He will be in Singapore from January 3-15 to promote his music and interact with local musicians.

Singapore Sparks Interview: Joseph Phua of Paktor

Joseph Phua is one of the founders of mobile dating app Paktor (www.gopaktor.com), which allows you to scan profile images of nearby users, and to “like” their images anonymously, until someone you “like”, “likes” you back. (A bit like the better known Tinder.)

Pearl Lam Galleries (Gillman Barracks)

Founded by and named after the flamboyant Chinese heiress and art icon, Hong Kong and Shanghai-based Pearl Lam Galleries’ hotly anticipated Singapore outpost is the latest addition to Gillman Barracks. Find eclectic works by some of the most exciting emerging artists from around the region.

House of Dandy

The buzz: The latest watering hole on trending Tras Street is all set to be the next It bar in the city. The décor: They channel old fashioned gentlemen’s clubs with vintage Chesterfield-style leather couches and Pop Art in gilt frames on the walls. It’s all very dark and sexy—Gatsby, or indeed Wilde, would have […]

Love the Way You Write

With the winner of the 2013 Bad Sex in Fiction Award just announced (congrats to Manil Suri for this gem in The City of Devi, “…only Karun’s body, locked with mine, remains… In celebration of her breakthrough fourth star, statisticians the world over rejoice”) we can finally reveal our own submission*:   “Wrapped together tighter […]

Style Notes: The Fashion Benefit, Roger Vivier and local indie labels

Fashion with Benefits Local multi-label e-store The Fashion Benefit (www.thefashionbenefit.org) is now taking orders for its chic, socially conscious and eco-friendly labels like Indego Africa, new Spanish label Skunkfunk and homegrown brand Aijek ($15 upwards)—just in time for the festivities ahead. Besides stocking a handful of fashion change-makers, the online shopping site also donates US$5 […]