In light of Singapore 51st birthday, we take a look at the 10 brands you probably didn’t know had its roots in Singapore:
1. Pearlie White
Pearlie White is the only Singaporean oral care brand that still manufactures within the country. The company is founded in 1869 by the first dentist in Singapore, Dr. Cheong Chun Tin.
Although its name sounds Japanese, Akira was actually founded in 1996 in Singapore. Today, Akira is still as well-loved and affordable both in Singapore and internationally.
3. Banyan Tree
Banyan Tree Holding first started out as a nature-centric resort in Phuket with just seven staff members. Fast-forward 30 years, Banyan Tree is now a familiar name to luxury travellers with more than 35 hotel and resorts, 70 spas and 80 retail galleries all over the world.
Their mini speakers have won the heart of celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Jay Park but did you know that X-Mini has its roots in Singapore?
Founded in Singapore by Mr W.E Huber in 1962, Boncafe is now widely distributed in different cities around the world.
Established in 1947 by Dato Dr Tan Hian Tsin, the Crocodile brand’s first shop was at North Bridge Road – where the Parliament House now stands. The international brand has expanded to manufacturing quality footwear, timepieces, leather goods and travel goods.
7. Fish N Co
Started in 1998 by two ex-Singapore Airlines staff, Fish N Co’s first store was in Plaza Singapura. The company has grown exponentially, with restaurants in nine countries including the UAE, Bangladesh and Mauritius.
8. TWG Tea
TWG, which stands for The Wellbeing Group, was co-founded by Taha Bouqdib, Maranda Barnes and Rith Aum-Stievenard in Singapore. TWG Tea is internationally recognized and sold in departmental stores and restaurants in London, United States, Munich and more.
9. COMO Group
This luxury spa and holistic wellness brand was founded in Singapore and has since expanded to various parts of the world including the UK, Maldives and the US.
10. Tiger Balm
Tiger Balm’s known as the “cure-all” muscle balm in Singapore but it’s also widely used by athletes and celebrities.