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Objects of desire
by Yeoh Wee Teck

DESIRE drives the fashion retail industry and anticipation is the fuel.

There are many things we want, but when deprived of instant gratification, this desire digs deep and we won't be satisfied until we get it.

The more you wait for the thing you want, the more you need it.

Well, that's my excuse anyway.

Isn't that why we love to read about new stuff that will debut soon?

With that in mind, here are some new retail outlets that will test your will to not overspend.


Coach has had a bit of a resurgence in Singapore. And its upcoming Fall collection confirms this: It is one of their most exciting in a while.

At the Singapore media preview of the collection, "oohs" and "ahhs" were heard.

A lot of the sighs were reserved for the pushlock flap bag from the Poppy collection.

The bag is priced at $725 and is a good size for most women. It measures 31cm by 20.5cm, or about two-thirds of the size of The New Paper.

A bigger option (pictured above) is the Chelsea Dowel Flap ($1,575) at 39cm by 30cm. Popular blogger Bagaholicboy raved about it too. In his blog, he wrote: "Whether you pick the ones in tan or grey, you've got a winner on your hands."

The new collection lands in the new Coach store at VivoCity on July 3. The boutique is next to Tangs.


Everyone is just waiting to pounce on the clothes at H&M.

Although anyone who travels overseas would have gone into an H&M store, there is nothing like doing it at home. H&M should open with its Autumn collection. The look is on trend with lean but relaxed shapes in shades such as camel, pumpkin and burgundy.

And expect some lovely trousers too.

There is nothing more stunning than a woman floating down the street in a pair of voluminous trousers. The shop will be located at Orchard Building and should open in September.

Here is the thrilling bit - the clothes will be shockingly affordable.

You can get a top for $7.90.





For the boys - the Bape Pirate store will give a frisson of anticipation.

The streetwear brand launched this concept in Japan in 2009. It went to Taipei, New York and London.

Bape archived items are offered at discounted prices and exclusive merchandise like the limited-edition Pirate tees and the Pirate Booty Bags are available.

The current Bape store at #02-02/03 Mandarin Gallery will be transformed into a Pirate store for a limited period, from next Saturday to June 26.

During this period, you can buy exclusive Pirate tees when you spend $150 in theshop.

You can also get the Pirate Booty Bags ($159). You won't know what's inside, but the contents will be worth more than what you have paid.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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