This month, the team went out and about to some of the hottest openings and pop-up events happening on Orchard Road. Check out what we saw and where we went below:
Escentials has always been my go-to store for all things beauty-related ever since I was a 14-year-old girl who, at that time, just started to become aware of the fascinating world of skincare, cosmetics and perfumes. I can still remember the first thing I ever bought from the store (which was also my introduction to the world of non-commercial perfumes) - the Annick Goutal’s Petit Cherie. I loved it so much that, till today, it still remains as a staple in my perfume collection.
The refurbishment and reopening of the store was something that I was looking forward to for a long time. The new-and-improved store will stock cool brands, with massive cult-like following, such as Byredo and Damselfly, and are sold alongside the classic brands we love like Diptyque, Le Labo and Maison Francis Kurkdjian. The latter three have their own ‘shop in shop’ corners, in the redesigned Escentials, which allow the brands to showcase their own personality by retaining their classic design elements. The Fragrance Library which stocks some of my favourite brands like Serge Lutens and Miller Harris is one of the most tastefully curated selections you will find in Singapore.
The Escentials stable of skincare is as comprehensive as ever, and the team behind Escentials is planning to expand on that even further by introducing new cult brands almost every month to the existing selection. One thing I love about this wider selection of products and brands is that it allows everyone to find something that really suits them. Plus, it'll make it even harder to walk out of the store empty-handed. And that's exactly why Escentials is the favourite store of beauty enthusiasts - it's all about the store aesthetics, range of products and all-round dedication to innovating themselves always.
With this latest revamp..let’s just say my wallet may be wincing a little bit more than usual.. but well, with the some of the latest additions on their roster, I don't feel too bad about it. - Angie Chen, The Curator
Van Cleef & Arpels
If you happen to be shopping in one of the malls along Orchard Road this month, or just in town to grab coffee in the coming days, make sure you stop by Ion Orchard and make a beeline to the Van Cleef and Arpels newer, bigger and more impressive store. You don't have to buy anything, of course, but do take the time to admire the pieces on display.
To celebrate the new opening, the jewellery house held a pop-up exhibition, which showcased its timepieces, jewels and precious objects inspired by the modernistic artistic movements that happened between 1925 and 1938. We really enjoyed the minaudière that came packed with mirror, lighter and watch, and, yes, some precious stones as well as the original bracelet-watch. But what made it even more special to our heart is seeing the original sketches and vintage advertising on display. Sadly, the exhibition ended earlier this week. Lucky for you, we've got pictures! - Nejla Matam-Finn, Editor-in-Chief
It was a good month of collaboration for THE FIFTH COLLECTION as we teamed up with jewellery brand Perlota for an exclusive preview of the brand’s latest collection. For the special showcase, we invited our supportive Collectors to come join us for an afternoon of yummy canapés and bubbly as guests mingled around checking out the new collection that featured some of Perlota’s signature pieces.
What we loved was that the event had a manicurist who did express manicures and even had a cool jewellery-inspired metallic stick-on tattoos. Needless to say, we all had a ball of a time and the event felt like a meeting of old friends.
Check out Perlota’s new collection at their flagship boutique at 1 Nassim Road. - Shan Wee, The Marketing & Purchasing Associate