In the recent years, the Singapore shopping scene has started gaining attention around the globe. It has become an iconic shopping destination with its extensive range of malls, international brands, as well as home-grown shops. Its worldwide appeal also comes from the fact that Singapore has introduced programs to benefit and give a better shopping experience to tourists.
One of the highlights of shopping in the Lion City is the offering of personal shopper services and personalized concierge services—all to suit a customer’s needs and let her enjoy the luxury of informed shopping.
FIRST STOP: ROBINSONS ORCHARD
Robinsons (not to be confused with our local Robinsons Department Store) has an illustrious heritage spanning 155 years that has shaped the shopping culture in Singapore. Now with a new flagship store at Orchard Road, the latest shopping mecca opens its doors to an arresting mix of local and international brands from fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.
Its personalized shopping services are something else though. It has everything a busy tourist wants and needs when it comes to retail therapy: wardrobe and style consultation, tax-free shopping via easy GST refund process, shipping, and shopping from a specially curated range of apparel and accessories based on a customer’s need. Wait, there’s more. Any customer can avail of any of these services for free as long as you schedule an appointment—truly elevating the pleasure of shopping.
GO: 260 Orchard Road, Singapore
NEXT STOP: CLUB 21 STYLE SERVICES
Club 21 Style Services is a bespoke shopping service that saves you time while you enjoy Singapore. It starts off with a designer shopping tour at their chic suite where a customer will be welcomed by a team of Style Advisors. While you enjoy your gourmet treats, the Style Advisors analyze your wardrobe needs before taking you to the boutiques or before they bring you the pre-selected items. They also provide their expert opinion on how to maximize your buys. By-request hair and makeup services can also be arranged for you to step out in style for parties and special occasions.
Club 21 Style Services is highly regarded as one of the style emporiums in Asia.
GO: #02-20/21 Hilton Hotel Singapore, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore
LOCAL BRAND TO WATCH OUT FOR: HANSEL
hansel is the brainchild of Singapore’s Queen of Quirk, Jo Soh, who named her brand after her Jack Russel Terrier. hansel is known for its whimsical pieces spiced with unexpected elements and prints that are all wearable. It blends a sense of playfulness with understated minimalism. Its latest collection, named after the quintessential symbol of festivity—“Fairy Lights”—features a floral-like arrangement of intermingling fairy lights digitally printed onto silky polyester twill. This print finds its way onto versatile dresses that can be easily transitioned from day to night.
“I’m very inspired by children’s imagination. My inspiration mostly comes from a lot of story books. My collections usually start off with an illustration or an artwork,” Jo shares.
GO: #02-14 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore
LOCAL BRAND TO WATCH OUT FOR: IN GOOD COMPANY
In Good Company is probably part of the minority of brands that do not chase after the trends and do not create designs after the seasonal catwalk collection schedules. Instead, it is all about seasonless, well-made classic pieces reinvented with the brand’s own contemporary standards. Somehow, it makes an anti-statement by pegging at a boldly monochromatic, earthy palette, especially in this season of digital prints and bright colors. So if you’re looking for timeless classics that can become staples of your closet, with In Good Company, you’ll really be in good company.
GO: TANGS, Orchard Road, Singapore
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