I love a pop-up event, where stores who don’t usually have a presence in wherever it is they’ve popped up, carefully and creatively showcase their stock to people they hope to convert in to the rare beast that is the ‘new customer’.
Naiise – pronounced ‘nice’ – is having such a moment now, in Orchard Central. About 60% of what Naiise stock is locally designed/made, 40% of things come from overseas, mainly from Europe. It is all design/style based.
I’ve only ever seen their collection online and did a ‘My Edit’ on it here a while back. I love their taste and I love their unwavering support of the local design scene.
If you are unfamiliar with them, and online shopping doesn’t do it for you, (I can think of nothing better, personally, I hate the idea of a crowded mall) then head down to their temporary store or, as they call it, their Design Supermarket. There are even shopping trolleys on hand – supermarket-style – just in case you get carried away.
Check out their new foodie collection too – I loved the Nut Butter made by a local chap who is now part architect and part nut crusher. The macadamia looked like the best option as it had no added sugar (sugar is the new tobacco, don’t you know. Say it with me).
I was also very keen on the bamboo bike from Bamboo bee Bicycle which has just had a mega write up in the Business Times.
I walked away without one though, instead snagging an ang ku kueh brooch (very useful) and a pack of Tiong Bahru line drawn postcards. Eclectic, random and really rather cool. Just like most of the stuff Naiise sell.
Naiise pop up will be in Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road until 20th August. If you want to get the low down on any products while you are there, ask to speak to Amanda or Dennis (the founder).