As expected, there’s plenty happening over the National Day long weekend, in the spirit of celebrating Singapore’s bicentennial year. Dishes and drinks get inspired by local flavors, and brands get the red and white treatment for an extra dose of patriotism — just in case you didn’t think your national pride was obvious enough.
Ever the eager one to go where the hype flows, Uniqlo has also launched a series of 10 tees in collaboration with local typography artist Ewejin Tee. Part salute to Singapore, part commemoration of the Japanese retailer’s 10th year in our country, this collection of white tees features quirky illustrations of what each of the 10 neighborhoods featured are known for.
Katong’s famous row of Peranakan-style shop houses makes an appearance, along with the colorful vintage TV test pattern seen at Tampines Street 42 blocks. Then, there’s Yishun, the place where stranger things have happened, and Bukit Timah’s homage to its old railway station.
Of course, the iconic dragon playground represents Toa Payoh, while Tee’s heartland home of Punggol pays tribute to the nasi lemak brand that bears its name. Food is also depicted in Bedok’s design, a nod to its famous bak chor mee, as well as Tiong Bahru, for its much-lauded chwee kueh stall at the market.
Other estates include Telok Blangah’s Henderson Waves-inspired one and Serangoon’s donut-shaped design, which looks like someone took a couple bites out of it (y’know, because the place is known for its legendary hawker centre, Chomp Chomp.)
If you, unfortunately, don’t live in or have loyalty to any of these places, well, you can always DIY. The brand is offering its t-shirt printing service for people to customize their own designs with stickers, paint, images, and typography, and get ’em stamped on the tees in about 15 minutes. Prices start from $24.90 for kids’ apparel and go up to $29.90 for adults, and they’re only available at the Orchard Central flagship store.