Monday, 24 March 2014 11:30 | By Zhang Weifang

5 questions with kapok’s Arnault Castel

5 questions with kapok’s Arnault Castel

Arnault Castel

Kapok’s founder, Arnault Castel

SINGAPORE — Better watch out, Haji Lane and Tiong Bahru — Middle Road could be the next hip area, especially once kapok opens its biggest store at the new National Design Centre (NDC) next month.

It will be the fashion and lifestyle concept store’s biggest to date, after smaller outlets at TANGS Orchard, Robinsons Orchard and in Hong Kong, where it was established eight years ago. Founder Arnault Castel couldn’t be more excited about this.

“I think it’s a beautiful place and a nice neighbourhood, with an open and bright environment, nice lights and a lot of space,” he said.

kapok at NDC will offer a handsome assortment of apparel, accessories, lifestyle and design products, and homeware, including its debut collection of men’s shirts made of organic cotton from Japan. Forty per cent of its selections will be occupied by Singapore labels such as Stolen, Saught and Mmerci Encore. The shop will also host a cafe, alongside a spot for German book publisher Gestalten.

Q: Who is kapok for?

A: kapok is a place for people who like to travel but, at times, do not have the opportunity or time to travel frequently. We stock products that you can find in little boutiques in, for example, Copenhagen, London or Istanbul. We focus on small brands and pick them up from all around the world.

Q: Which brands excite you at the moment?

A: For menswear, I really like this French brand called Ami. The cutting of the clothes is very nice, made of nice material, very wearable and not the least pretentious. For women’s wear, I love a Finnish brand called Samuji. Their creative director used to be from Marimekko (another Finnish brand). It crafts clean and simple lines using very nice print techniques. Mismo from Denmark makes canvas and leather bags with nice Italian canvas and quality leather.


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