July 23, 2010
Dawn Poh

If you haven’t guessed it already, we love Haji lane. No place is more characteristic of Singapore streetstyle quite like Haji lane! We often get asked questions like “What is the SoHo/Carnaby of Singapore?” or “Where should we shop in Singapore to get your unique street style?”. Our answer would inadvertently be Haji Lane: Home to many small fashion boutiques of Singaporean designers. Fashion isn’t exactly a thriving business in Singapore, so I feel that it’s important to support local labels to create a trend for street style we can call our own. Not to mention, it’s probably the only place here where you can get some thrifting done. Vintage lovers and thrifting enthusiasts rejoice! Haji Lane is probably one of the very few places where thrift stores exist. When I have the time, we will definitely do up a list of shops in Haji Lane.

I love the atmosphere of the quaint little shops there. Each shop is carefully decorated and the displays are exquisite, (You can see some of them here! ) and you definitely feel that the service and environment there is more personal compared to the many faceless shops in Bugis or Far East Plaza.  I love how graffiti splashes each wall. Haji Lane is definitely the place where Singaporean designers, musicians and artists congregate, giving a very artsy yet authentic vibe to the area. Here, you won’t find the glitz and glamour of huge international chain stores, but the gritty honest representation of Singapore street style.


I have had many people ask me where I bought this alexa knockoff bag from. Well, it’s from one of the little shops in Haji Lane! It’s made of synthetic leather as well, so cheers to all you animal lovers and vegan readers out there! I know there is a lot of stigma attached to designer knock-offs, but I feel that supporting the environment with vegan friendly fashion far outweighs supporting the intellectual property of a million-dollar industry. And let’s be honest: People who wants the real deal wouldn’t settle for knockoffs anyway.

And yes, we are still insisting on wearing black outfits even in the crazy Singapore heat! (Why hello, thunder thighs. I think it’s nigh time you make friends with the treadmill.)

Black Oufit breakdown

  • Black Chiffon Dress: Bugis Street
  • Alexa knockoff bag: Haji Lane
  • Scarf (worn as hair bow): Diva
  • Stella McCartney inspired shoes: Siren
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13 Responses to “Outfit Post: A Day in Haji Lane [Black Outfits]”

  1. Thunder thighs? Oh hunny, not even! hehe.

    I love the sheer sleeves and the huge bow. Very cute 😀

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    Dawn replied on

    Thank you Samantha! 😀

    I love that big bows are in fashion. I don’t care if it looks ridiculous!

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  2. Gwen says:

    Interesting point about the vegan friendly knockoff…especially since in the last few years it seems big fashion has totally forgotten about the enviornmental/animal-rights issues related to fur (which for a short period was very taboo, even in fashion). On the other hand, I’m not particularly acquainted with the chemical processes used to create synthetic leather: it’s not obvious that it’s production is more sustainable, especially if by making a product less expensive, it results in one girl having more purses (like, is 6 cheaper synthetic bags more sustainable than one more expensive leather bag? What about 8? There must be a tradeoff somewhere.)

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    Dawn replied on

    I was kinda sad to see so much fur at Chanel’s a/w collection this year, but was relieved when I heard that it’s faux. But then I realized that they DID ship in a real iceberg for the runway, so it’s like one step forward and two steps back for the environment. ):

    I feel that the latter is not really a matter of environment consciousness but rather hedonism. It’s true with what you said though – simply replacing leather with synthetic material is hardly enough to bring about a radical change. There needs to be sufficient education about the fur trade/animal rights as well.

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  3. Maeve says:

    Thanks for writing about vegan knockoffs. I have spent the last 8 years of my life thrifting virtually everything I wear, and none of it is from animal products. What is maybe off-putting to people about dressing vegan is that they think there is no realistic market for it, or no way to be ~truly~ stylish, as most vegan-only sources are outdoorsy and un-chic. But that’s not true! THANK YOU again for writing about this!

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    Dawn replied on

    Unfortunately people often associate vegans with those crazy PETA members or pot-smoking hippies!

    I really applaud your commitment to being vegan. It’s not easy to cut out all animal produce as it is so ingrained in our lives. It IS possible for someone to be stylish and vegan at the same time, I really don’t see why you need real leather and fur or feathers to be fashionable anyway! 😀

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  4. Julia M says:

    Both your shoes are really nice, especially the Stella McCartney-like ones. I’ve been after ones like these since practically the dawn of time, and now you have pointed me in the right direction! Thank you :)

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    Dawn replied on

    Thank you Julia! I got mine of eBay, if it helps! Siren is a Australian/New Zealand brand so I can’t get them in Singapore. ):

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  5. Rachel says:

    Beautiful. I love the way the second dress is belted and structured from the back!

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    Dawn replied on

    Thank you Rachel!

    I love it too, especially when it wasn’t intentional. It’ awesome when things just come together perfectly. 😀

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  6. Pina says:

    I love that Alexa Haji lane bag !! Doesn’t look like the usual cheap knock-off. It’s kinda difficult to find quality knock-offs in my country, but I will be travelling to Singapore soon :) If I may ask, in what particular shop you got the bag ? And how much does it cost ? Thank you, I love both of your shoes <333

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