originally from france, arnault castel settled in hong kong where he founded the very first kapok store. its sharply curated range of art + design goods quickly gained a large following among a specific demographic and today he successfully runs five stores and shop-in-shops in the city. retail operations later on expanded to singapore where currently two outlets supply design-obsessed shoppers. but castel has even bigger plans for the lion city and plans to open a flagship store + café - it's going to be the biggest store ever - at the prestigious national design centre.
but leading up to this milestone is the timely launch of a pop-up store on the very same premises, coinciding with this year's edition of singapore design week. for the for this kapok pop-up store castel has collaborated with singapore-based design collective grafunkt - they will also design the flagship store - while the u factory has stocked the temporary store with local design products and will run their popular u café during design week. kapok will introduce a selection of fav brands from the city state and abroad, and presents its first collection of shirts [open through mar 29]. location: national design centre, 111 middle road, ground floor [city hall].