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Marni Market arrives in Singapore with home decor as eclectic as its shopping totes

After a worldwide tour through fashion capitals Milan, Paris, Los Angeles to its Asian leg — Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong among others — the Marni Market finally makes its long overdue stop in Singapore.

Settling in at Ion Orchard till 15 August, the eccentric pop-up is largely inspired by the nature of Colombian rural communities. Exclusive pop-up-only offerings include Marni’s signature whimsical PVC stools weaved by Colombian artisans which debuted at this year’s Salone del Mobile; to the Marni Wooly Friends, a wonky-chic limited edition series of handmade wool and metal furry home paraphernalia.

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Marni Wooly Friends and other Marni Market goods.

As for bag selections, there are large totes lovingly hand-woven by women from the Santander region of Colombia that Marni block-printed with multi-hued stripes; traditional picnic baskets made of willow stems interweaved with bright-coloured plastic filaments; and various sizes of woven bags and striped totes that’ll evoke summertime at an Italian market with its tongue-in-cheek shopping cart handle. The label’s beloved Trunk bag, too, joins the lineup, assuming an arty skeletonised metal iteration.

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The Marni Market-updated Trunk bag.

First conceived four years ago by Carolina Castiglioni — daughter of Marni founder Consuelo Castiglioni and former director of special projects at the Italian house — the Marni Market pop-up has now become a tradition close to the heart of the label. It started as a one-day-only Sunday flower market in Milan, and burgeoned into something of a global ephemera anticipated by Marni aficionados the world over.

The brand’s current creative director Francesco Risso, who joined in late 2016 from Prada, continues the Marni Market practice fervently. In an interview with British Vogue, Risso said of his take on the label, “Marni is a vortex of extreme influences and playfulness and contradiction and dynamism. It’s many things. I think it’s the immense number of possibilities that is so exciting.”

And with exactly this in mind should you come to Singapore’s own Marni Market, the one-stop shop for all you design junkies.

Marni Market is now open at Ion Orchard’s Level 1 Atrium till 15 August. Prices for the exclusive goods start from S$150.

Bianca Husodo

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