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Celebrating a decade

Celebrating a decade

In what feels like the blink of an eye, Gypsied turns 10 this year. Some days feel long, but the years definitely go by quickly. What an endeavour it has been. Did I ever think I’d try building a local fashion brand from zero? Honestly, no. 

But along the way, I found purpose in this expression, envisioning what a Singaporean fashion brand could be: one that draws from the region's rich culture and heritage. One that can influence women with fresh perspectives and ideas. And be a force for good through inclusive designs and authentic storytelling.

A Timeline

A Timeline

From making solely batik accessories in 2013, we have come a long way. If I were to write in full how much has transpired in the last decade, I would need a few chapters, but here's our journey at a glance:

2013-2015

Wrap headbands, in different textiles including batik and ikat.

2015-2018

In 2015, our first clutches were born, followed by bag collections.

2019

Launch of signature jackets and our first foray into apparel.

2020-2022

Pandemic and the launch of our apparel pre-order system.

A Commitment to Slow Fashion

A Commitment to Slow Fashion

Considering the size of our operations and the partners we work with, slow fashion was naturally built into our brand from the beginning. So it is no surprise that when we expanded into apparel from accessories, pre-orders became the lifeblood of our business operations. It was far from a perfect system, but it helped us achieve our sustainability objectives:

1. Inventory quantities that are regulated, thereby reducing fashion waste 

2. Since our apparel process starts by crafting the batik first, pre-orders helped our artisan partners gauge the resources needed to make batik (cotton, dyes, hand stamping, hand drawing, dyeing process) with better accuracy. 

2. Steady incoming work for our artisan and tailoring partners during the pandemic

3. Braced and padded our small business for emergencies

4. Resources for in-stock collections and future plans

However for years, I grappled with the question: Considering how small we are, how much impact are we really making? Is it but not a tiny dent in the universe?

Closing Note

Closing Note

Our position as a slow fashion brand that possesses limited resources (financial, operations, labour and skill sets) meant that there was a limit to how much we could do. That limit would always be reached pretty quickly, giving us less room to manoeuvre — like exploring new designs and being able to sample more prototypes for example.

At the same time, I also believe that our size is our strength. It made us nimble and we could respond to current issues on the ground quickly, which benefitted our artisan and tailoring partners directly.

With these in mind, as founder, I feel deeply that change is due. After a decade, the time has come to restructure our small business, reorganise our supply chain and refresh our vision and designs.

Come March, our online store will be closed for an online hiatus, while we set the stage for Gypsied's next phase. 

All pending pre-orders will be fulfilled by end of February. 

To ensure continuity of work for our artisan and tailoring partners and the sustainability of our small business, we will continue to launch offline, for exclusive in-store collections at Design Orchard until June.

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