The New York Times featured our little island today, in Singapore Lane Springs to Life!
It seems that the Comme des Garçons guerrilla store, which kick-started the Haji Lane Renaissance (to put it simply), didn’t have quite the same effect on Tiong Bahru and Mount Sophia. What’s so special about Haji Lane? I’m guessing its proximity to the city, accessibility, and rent. Mount Sophia is probably closer to the city than Haji Lane is, but the long flight of stairs makes it a tad less accessible.
Anyhow, it’d be interesting to see how CDG’s business model affects various neighbourhoods here. I’m not too sure how decentralized fashion retail is in Singapore, but major companies seem to be expanding into the heartlands — think Isetan and Uniqlo.
Do give the article a read. It probably doesn’t feature much more than what the next Singaporean knows about Haji Lane, but it’s always nice when people pay attention to our sunny island (set in the sea…).