Wednesday, July 25, 2007

walkabout - knowitnothing

lets get lost T; 'southwest soil' lEvis; vsvm Serra
Weather's been typical lately: rain and shine within hours. Got some time to kill yesterday and stopped by Eugene's at Know It Nothing. Haven't managed to get down to it since their opening last month, glad i got off my lazy ass to do it this time. Its situated in the historic nighborhood of Kampong Glam, alongside several niche boutiques of Haji Lane. Shamefully, i felt like a tourist venturing in and around the tiny lanes and five-foot walkways. Being sited off the usual tourist trap of city centre also means i get to do some random exploring - something i never do enough of. Weekdays in the area is always quiet and serene-like, you do everything almost slow-motion here. And it is just as well, coz if you walk too fast, you might just miss the little nooks and crannies of the place.

I almost missed the shop itself while gazing at the vintage shophouse facade. In through the heavy white doors and i get greeted by a well-maintained (well, its new) interior. Current collections of ObdeientSons, CalloftheWild, BuiltbyWendy, Colab and PAM eyewear (no Potter specs though) on display. Well thought-out use of space, especially in the courtyard:

Check out the warm natural lighting and layout. The JulianRed's and Rad&Bone denims seems to be doing well. The labels are decidedly slightly off the mainstream, and have a UK/Aussie feel to it.

The ground level space houses clothing and accessories while the 2nd level is devoted to footwear and also functions as a gallery space.

A very cosy atmosphere derived from the woody decor and mood lighting greets those who trek up the stairwell. Current releases from NB, Vans, Umbro Kim Jones, Nike on display, expect lots more (co)labels and (exclusive)designs to follow. I got mails from folks interested in the previous post on PF Flyers footwear, you guys can get them here very soon.

Check out the MMA prints on the wall, owner Suraj is a big fan. A sly shot of the camera-shy Eugene. Chill-out dude for sure, great guy to chat with (go ask him for free beer, LOL)

Last shot of the ceiling fans, i like the vintage look. I'd recommend to drop by for a visit, theres lots more in store from the KIN crew.
Know It Nothing
51 Haji Lane Singapore 189244

phone: 6392 5475
opening hours: Monday to Saturday 1pm to 8pm

Took some random shots of SG's very own Gotham city building: ParkView Square

Its said to have one of the highest office rental in town, and i can understand why with the oppulent decor on both the inside and out. Bronze and gold statues prop up around the building facade, i've read about gargolyes as well on the roof tops(!)

I like the symmetry of the building and its grandeur definitely stands out among the usual staid look of commercial office space.

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