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There’s an excellent independent design store worth visiting in Singapore: A Curious Teepee. Unlike most stores of its ilk, it’s not down a narrow passageway in an out of the way suburb, but right behind Orchard Road, just down from Takashimaya, so it makes a perfect pit stop when the rampant international consumerism of Orchard Road starts to grate on the soul. (Don’t be put off by Scape, the youth mall in which it is based, or the skate boarders who whizz around the lower level car park.)

Launched just a few months ago by my new Singaporean friend, the ineffably chic Tracy Philips,  around the idea of living curiously and finding inspiration in the everyday, it follows in the noble footsteps of Colette, 10 Corso Como and Dover Street Market by stocking a cleverly chosen mix of homewares, crafts, excellent Singapore souvenirs, mens & womenswear, and jewellery, and hosting a great café, which sits at the back of the open space.

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(There is cake.)

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Tracy has stocked it simply with all her favourite things.  (There’s a 50/50 emphasis on promoting Singapore design and introducing exciting objects and brands from around the world.) There are pieces from Future Classics, cheek by jowl with wantwantwantNOW jewellery by New York’s Chris Habana & Singapore’s Vice & Vanity, Anglepoise lamps from England and menswear from locals Sunday amongst other treasures.

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I remember these goose lamps from Habitat (I think) when I was a child, and I still really, really want one.Turns out that Tracy feels the same way about the toadstool, so tracked them down for her store.

I was particularly taken with the cat teepee. The perfect present for your furry friend?

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It also furnished my best-ever souvenir of Singapore: a Singlish dictionary, so I can really polish up my language for next season.

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Love this post…Very inspiring.
xxx
From Marrakech with love

http://kechmania.blogspot.com

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Hello Sasha!

Was most wonderful meeting you at AFX 2011 in Singapore. It was such a hectic visit for me and please do forgive me for not being able to say goodbye to you before I left on Thursday evening.

Thank you for the tip on Oliver Goldsmith glasses, I am gonna place my order for the Consul model. Expensive indeed, but would be great to have a treat once in awhile.

Meanwhile, hope you had a marvelous time in Singapore and hope you had enjoyed yourself.

Meeting Tracy Philips and yourself were some of my highlights of my trip this time. I do enjoy and admire Tracy’s sense of dressing and her style. I had made a purchase at A Curious Teepee (a striped tee from Sunday). I do enjoy your company and your take on the world, fashion and life! Much for me to learn from.

Be well, stay in touch, stay well and stay fabulous!

Love,
PETER

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Oooh, I love living curiously – and all things curious… Shall have to visit next time I’m in Singapore.

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Did you try any of the cakes? I think the tall cakes say Apple Drummer on the label. I want to know what one is please, thank you? x

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@katyboo: I’m on it! LLGxx

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I’m so excited that you are writing from Singapore, as I’m going there for my MBA class in less than a year and soon have to decided for how long I will prolong the trip to add on some much needed holiday. By the looks of it, I’ll need to add on a fair few days just for eating!

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@Tall girl: Yes! There’s more to do than people give Singapore credit for. Especially on the eating front! LLGxx

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Sounds and looks FAB

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