CAVALIER is the brainchild of married mavericks Angela Chong and Perry Lam who design for a brave and brazen freedom of expression. The conceptual label is sparked by the thrill of kids playing dress-up in their parents’ closets and the vision to clothe little sartorial people.
Following the natural course of life, CAVALIER debuted with a children’s line of apparel and added adult sizes to selected styles in their second collection. As the brand grows, the intention is to design apparel for adults and lifestyle goods.
PASCHE DRESS | A teaser to Series 3, the Pasche Dress is an ode to English Designer John Pasche of the legendary tongue and lips logo for The Rolling Stones. The mouth is constructed with lightweight neoprene for comfort and poof and the contrasting black back closes with a red invisible zip.
D-TENSION DRESS | The go-to summer staple, D-Tension is the easiest dress in your wardrobe. Throw on and roll in the grass! Choose from the candy-toned Spring of yellow, pink and green or the understated Moss of olive, purple and blue. A petit grosgrain ribbon tab behind hides 2 knots which adjusts the straps when pulled apart or together. Available in adult size 1 (replaces 9/10 Y), 2 and 3 for matching mums.
D-STROKES TOP | The freedom of summer comes in the form of the D-Strokes Top which features a woven back of 7 delicious grosgrain ribbons. Available in adult size 1 (replaces 9/10 Y), 2 and 3 for matching mums.
D-TAIL SKIRT | Seemingly simple on the front, the D-Tail Skirt throws a surprise party at the back with a reversed French Terry tail. Available in adult size 1 (replaces 9/10 Y), 2 and 3 for matching mums.
SEPARATION FOR SEEKERS OF ART & HUMANITY
CAVALIERvault is that augmented, 7th degree of separation for seekers of art and humanity. The ever-evolving site currently houses exclusive jewellery collaborations with local designers STACK by A.K.A Wayward (of leather and semi-precious gems) and Basic Unit of Matter (of polymer clay magic) as well as classic 90s and “steam punk” eyewear from fashion innovator Sonia Rykiel and the original godfather of avant-garde design Jean Paul Gaultier.
STACK by A.K.A WAYWARD | Inspired by the wild earth and named after serene but volatile deserts, this collaboration summoned 8 meticulously handcrafted necklaces with leather and beautifully complex rutile, agate and other semi-precious gems.
BASIC UNIT OF MATTER | The CAVALIER anthem of grey and flesh is hand-swirled and heated to polymer clay nirvana. This collaboration presents über clean minimalist rods as well as curiously complex strings of shaped patterned beads dancing on waxed cotton cords, perfect for mums to share with their mini-me’s.
Tying the knot in March 2013, Angela and Perry have spent 9 out of 11 years of their relationship working together. Owing to a mutual respect of each other’s ability and craft, the partnership has taken them from running their humble media production house in 2006 to spending 5 years setting up and developing a media production department in one of Singapore’s largest leisure destinations.
“I think our partnership thrives on challenges. When we build something, we guide it to thread water on its own. Once we get there, we feel the need to push further and harder.” Angela says
Angela Chong | The Original Cavalier
A ‘creative’ who chose to be educated as a ‘suit’, at 16, Angela gained acceptance into 3 design institutions and business school. She chose the latter and entered the corporate world of advertising and media with a Bachelor of Business Management and Advertising. Armed with 9 years of branding and communications experience and pre-career stints in fashion styling and graphic design, it was time to chase a dream.
As the creative force behind CAVALIER, Angela is drawn by conceptual and surrealistic ideas that have spawned into pieces like the Dora Dress, Capture Skirt and Pasche Dress. She considers herself lucky to have grown up in a stylish household, grasping the ideas of colour, detail and quality from a young age. Taking cue from her sartorial parents and an older brother, she naturally developed a bravery for fashion and is adverse to gender and size labels.
Perry Lam | The Partner
The grounded one, Perry brushes off 14 years of media experience as nothing to shout about. “The world is ever evolving and what you know today is useless unless you continue to learn and evolve.” Perry describes this new adventure as ‘trading the life of comfort for one that’s worth fighting for’.
Angela says of him, “I have learned to never underestimate this man. He holds so much general knowledge and common sense, it’s ridiculous. Despite his media forte, he can dish out better business and marketing advice than some executives I know.”
CAVALIERvault offers free delivery within Singapore and free shipping worldwide above a SGD250 order
The clothing lines are stocked Internationally in USA, Shanghai, Moscow, Bangkok and here is the list of Retailers