The word ‘curated’ is thrown around loosely these days. It has become as ubiquitous as the word ‘crafted’, but that only goes to show the increasing desire for the bespoke, unique and soulful; experiential elements that put a pop and zing into your head the moment you see them.
And so. There are so many things I love about local fashion purveyor nana&bird—beautiful clothes, artisanal bits and pieces, things for mother and child all encapsulated in a neat little nook in quaint Tiong Bahru. We love their curation that is always surprising and refreshing, and we especially love it when we spot architectural cuts and geometric details. Here are three:
LA-based bag design studio Building Block is about the nuts and bolts that make the whole. Minimalism embodied in sleek, leather containers with structural shape and geometric adornments, the brand’s ethos is about “the return to timeless forms”. The Cable+Outlet in a pale grey Concrete shade is a simple drawstring bucket bag with a rectangular block where the rubber handle strings through.
There’s something Memphis about the pieces from One We Made Earlier. The jewellery brand crafts resin into playful and colourful pieces so defining you need no other embellishment on your outfit. The Arp necklace has a half curve kissing a black resin ball and adjustments are made using a little wooden ball behind the neckline. Cute.
Bobo Choses is a favourite for their thoughtful storylines, careful details and bright imagery. Semi-circles and a circle make up the Rowing shirt with a poncho shape, depicting the blissful, happy picture of waves under a blood-red sun; there’s something vintage and Japanese about this one. We like.
nana&bird is part of the Children’s Street Trail. Started last year, it is held along Tiong Bahru’s Yong Siak Street with the boutiques there offering a host of attractions for children. This year it will be held on 16 July 2017, from 10am to 5pm. Brownie baking, a balloon party, crafting and onigiri and stickers giveaways are part of the program. More on the Facebook page. Participating outlets: Books Actually, IKYU, nana & bird, Plain Vanilla, TOFU and Woods in the Books.
+ photo credits: nana&bird