WELCOME TO WHERE FASHION REALLY LIVES. FOR V86'S POWERHOUSE FEATURE, WE CHOSE ELEVEN BOUTIQUES THAT REPRESENT THE COOLEST, CAN'T-MISS SHOPPING DESTINATIONS ON THE PLANET, FROM TOKYO TO LONDON TO LOS ANGELES AND BEYOND. MEET THE TEAMS BEHIND THE SCENES WHO TURN FASHION FANTASIES INTO REALITY
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Founders: Quincy Teofisto and Jasmine Tuan
Locations: Orchard, Singapore; Saigon, Vietnam
What are some of your bestsellers? False, Proudrace, The Cult of Nine, Gian Romano, Etat Libre d’Orange
Which new designers or emerging brands are you excited about watching grow in the future? Cult of Nine, Proudrace
What makes you different from every other store? Blackmarket is a movement. We create initiatives like fashion film festivals, exhibitions, left-field events, and gigs that spread from music to new media.
What has been your favorite collaboration? “Thread on Frame,” when we collaborated with ten videographers and photographers to create a film
What is the most extraordinary project or feat you’ve attempted since launching? “Red in my Head,” when we organized a visual jockey gig for 10 artists, projecting visuals on 360 degrees of a dome-igloo. Four hundred people attended.
How do you stay ahead of the competition? We’re not business people, so probably we’re operating in a way that is fresh and different from the stereotype.
Photography Darren Soh