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Singaporean label RAOUL might not be a household name just yet, but it definitely deserves to be. Nearly 10 years old, RAOUL is the beautiful child of Douglas and Odile Benjamin, and grew from a menswear shirting company to two full ready-to-wear labels for men and women. It was the brand's simple, classic bags that won us over on our first trip to Singapore, and its schoolgirl-sportif separates persuaded us to stick with 'em for the long haul.
For spring '13, RAOUL relied on contouring racing stripes, sparkling 3-D embellishments, and pretty little cap sleeves that feel modern, not '90s. Click through for the looks from its recent presentation — and commit the name to memory. RAOUL.
Photographed by Jacqueline Harriet
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