My City: Max Tan
The perfect day in Singapore for the founder and designer of Singapore fashion label MAX.TAN.
How has Singapore’s fashion scene evolved over the years? I think with easy access to fashion trends around the world, it has become very diverse. I remember the time when Singaporean designers like Baylene Li and Nic Wong were housed at Stamford Road and the scene was vibrant. We continued to build on that momentum with Parco Next Next (a local designer retail space).
Where are your favorite places to shop here? Manifesto (#02-19 Capitol Piazza, 13 Stamford Rd., S(178905)). They’ve got brands like Lemaire, Costume National and Comme Des Garcons.
Are there any local designers we should take note of? I love womenswear label YOUYOU for its quirky and free-spirited vibe.
What do you love about living in Singapore? If I can sum it up in one word, its familiarity. I travel a lot and love how I can come home to where my family is and to familiar sights and sounds.
My Perfect Day
8am - Have breakfast at Jalan Besar.
I love the all-day breakfast menu and cold-brewed coffee from Chye Seng Huat Hardware (150 Tyrwhitt Rd., 6299-4321, S(207563)).
1pm - Go on a leisurely ride.
My team and I go cycling on our days off. We start from East Coast Park where we take a 40km ride to Changi Village and back.
6pm - Order a local spread.
The chicken cutlet Hor Fun at Wing Kee Ipoh Hor Fun ( #01- 04 Changi Village Market and Food Centre, 2 Changi Village Rd., S(500002)) is a must-have. The portions are generous and I love their gravy. Be sure to order barbecued chicken wings, the longan drink and red tea jelly dessert from Mei Lin Dessert (#01-40 Changi Village Market and Food Centre).