The Singapore Girl, in particular, was an essential motif because to the brand’s co-founder, Santhi Tunas, “she represents the familiarity and heart-warming service we can always count on on board every flight with Singapore Airlines”.
One of eight cool scarf designs to celebrate SG52 inspired by Singapore’s heritage, this particular scarf is named Once Upon a Time in Singapore ($88), and depicts coastal Singapore, with sea vessels that once sailed the Straits of Singapore, Malacca and beyond, along with waterfronts once dotted with stilt-houses. The other scarves are just as colourful.
As part of the Singapore Design Now initiative organised by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and AsiaStore at non-profit organisation Asia Society, seven local design brands have been invited to showcase their work until Aug 5.
Both trained architects and Indonesian natives, Santhi and Sari ‘s featured collection ‘Singapore Stories’ is indeed a colorfully graphic, narrative tribute to the region’s diversity. Proving so popular (never mind that we know firsthand that the scarf is a must-have when transitioning from the oppressive regional heat to the chilly indoors), certain alluring designs like “Rainy Day” and “Botanical Garden” keep selling out at The Asia Society.
It’s always heart-warming to bring a piece of home with you when you travel, and we can’t imagine a better conversation starter to break the ice with an attractive stranger.
Meet the twin architects turned designers who transform local landscapes into beautiful scarf prints- Square Rooms
Twin sisters and architects by profession, Santhi and Sari are the designers behind Binary Style. Originally from Indonesia, the creative duo showcase a design philosophy that is of true Asian artisan value. Whimsical scarves with statement prints capture the heritage and stories of Singapore from botanical gardens to the diverse wildlife, cultural destinations and historical landmarks.- Harper’s Bazaar Malaysia
Tiong Bahru may have become more commercial and hip, but this accessory preserves the cherished memories of its time as an old-school district.- Straatosphere
Produced by a pair of twin sisters, Binary Style is inspired by this little red dot and their globetrotting life experience. Their Singapore-themed scarves features well-loved landmarks such as Tiong Bahru, Bukit Timah and Singapore Botanic Gardens with bold colours and patterns- The Finder
Who knew the historical architecture of Tiong Bahru’s four-storey shophouses would look so good on a scarf? Quirky yet stylish, inject a little pop of fun into your work suit with this colourful piece- Simply Her
Binary Style was founded by twins, who also happen to be trained as architects, so they can’t help but notice the beauty in everyday urban design and historic architecture around them. While their current collection of ten scarves draw inspiration from the nature, climate and historical figures of Singapore, my favorite pieces drawn inspiration from the island’s built form- Encountering Urbanism
I’m often asked, usually by fellow Americans in Singapore, for ideas for souvenirs for friends and family back home. More often than not, I usually recommend books set in Singapore and/or by Singaporean authors. Other items on this list: ceramics, photographs, stationery, and clothing and accessories, all inspired by Singapore…
… which is how I stumbled upon Binary Style, a line of scarves designed by Santhi and Sari Tunas, Indonesia-born, architect twins now based in Singapore- Notabilia