Internationally distinguished brand kapok, celebrates homegrown this month as part of its ongoing support of local labels and well-crafted design. From its humble beginnings in a quiet Hong Kong backstreet in 2006, the independent multi-label brand with 12 stores across Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore, offers a carefully curated selection of emerging brands that span across fashion, scents, art, publications and furniture.
With an edit focused on showcasing exceptional “future classics” that will stand the test of time and trends, kapok’s keen sense of good design has it hosting two workshops and a popup store this month at its flagship at the National Design Centre (NDC).
* Saturday 15 August, 2pm to 5pm / MATTER x FabCafe:
Create your own blockprint story in this 3-hour workshop about heritage-meets-technology, where participants will learn about the history of block printing and its modern translation to laser stamp printing.
With architectural motifs of icons from Singapore’s heritage sourced by MATTER and laser cut stamps from FabCafe Singapore, participants will enjoy the chance of creating their own block print story and capturing it on a personalised canvas tote.
Registration at kapok NDC by 12th August, with a $50 fee for a customized laser cut stamp and your own sturdy personalised canvas tote bag.
* 6 to 24 August / MATTER pop-up store:
Accompanying the workshop, and for the first time at kapok NDC, travel wear brand MATTER will be bringing their full range of pants to voyage the world in – as well as freshly released blockprinted scarves. The popup will also see the launch of their tile totes, a commemorative product detailing heritage tiles from Singapore’s oldest neighbourhoods.
* Saturday 22 August, 2pm to 5pm / Stale & Co x kapok workshop:
The duo behind Singaporean label, Stale & Co collaborate on a capsule collection exclusive to kapok that allows customers a personal experience in the handcrafting process of Stale & Co, with a prospect of engraving a message on their brass ring and/or cuff. Featuring clean cubic lines and open-ended quote marks, the idea is for the participant to fill in the blank with what is meaningful to them.
Registration is via sign-up at kapok at NDC, with the purchase of the exclusively designed brass cuff ($149) and ring ($79).