CU­RATED BAZAAR

Robin­sons Or­chard’s well-edited se­lec­tion of cou­ture and street chic re­de­fines lux­ury shop­ping.

Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - By An­nie Tan

With a new flag­ship store, Robin­sons makes a strong state­ment

La­bel junkies no longer have to jet off to Lon­don or Hong Kong to sa­ti­ate their more eclec­tic crav­ings. With no less than 380 new la­bels, 280 of which are is­land­wide ex­clu­sives, Robin­sons’ new flag­ship Or­chard store is Sin­ga­pore’s an­swer to Sel­fridges.

Ex­pect to find com­par­a­tively un­der-the-radar la­bels such as The Kooples, El­iz­a­beth and James, Eleven­paris, Play­hound, Wal­ter Steiger, and Mai­son Scotch, sun­glasses from big-name brands like Gucci, Dior and Loewe and a vin­tage ac­ces­sories sec­tion that of­fers rare finds such as Her­mès and Chanel bags, and a se­lec­tion of ex­quis­ite jew­ellery.

As Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Franz Kraatz puts it, the new and ex­clu­sive la­bels sourced from all over the world are “not only fash­ion­able, but have with­stood the test of time.” Be­yond lux­ury, what this well cu­rated mix of­fers is street cred.

Be­sides scout­ing for undis­cov­ered la­bels, the New Robin­sons also houses a hair lab, fra­grance bar, denim loft and cham­pagne bar—for the cel­e­bra­tory Moët & Chan­don in be­tween shop­ping.

Shop­pers look­ing for a more ex­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ence will also ap­pre­ci­ate the concierge ser­vice of­fer­ing home de­liv­er­ies and al­ter­ations, as well as the per­sonal shop­ping ser­vice with a fit­ting room as spa­cious and in­ti­mate as your own sit­ting room and boudoir.

From fash­ion to beauty and life­style brands, the newly re­vamped Robin­sons takes lux­ury shop­ping to a whole new level. Here are eight brands to watch out for.

1 THE KOOPLES As the name sug­gests, The Kooples is highly in­spired by fash­ion­able cou­ples, and the way they share their wardrobes. Its pieces are uni­sex and preppy, with ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns that ac­tu­ally fea­ture real-life cou­ples such as mu­si­cian Deven­dra Ban­hart and pho­tog­ra­pher/de­signer Ana Kraš, and fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher By­ron Mollinedo and model Kamila Wla­dyka.

2 EL­IZ­A­BETH AND JAMES The sis­ter brand of The Row fi­nally de­buts in Sin­ga­pore. Brain­child of the Olsen twins, this New York line com­bines mas­cu­line tai­lor­ing with fem­i­nine aes­thet­ics for ul­tra wear­able and con­tem­po­rary wardrobe sta­ples.

3 ELEVEN PARIS Com­bin­ing pop cul­ture, indie mu­sic ref­er­ences and min­i­mal­is­tic chic, this Parisian brand epit­o­mises je ne sais quoi. Look out for its sexy t-shirts fea­tur­ing icons such as Iggy Pop and James Dean with the trade­mark fin­ger mous­tache.

4 AP­PARTE­MENT À LOUER Jew­ellery de­signer Eric Lopez is one of the most unique de­sign­ers in Paris and counts Cate Blanchett and Emma Wat­son among his loyal cus­tomers. Chan­nel Fran­cophile style with mod­ern, free spir­ited pieces of bold jew­ellery.

5 IL­LA­MASQUA This cult Bri­tish beauty brand is in­flu­enced by sub­cul­tures such as the il­licit ’20s Ber­lin club scene, as well as the­atre makeup. Known for its highly pig­mented and long-last­ing prod­ucts, it cel­e­brates self­ex­pres­sion and is per­fect for cre­at­ing state­ment looks.

6 IOMA This Parisian brand makes a pre­cise sci­ence of made-to-mea­sure beauty by of­fer­ing ad­vanced skin di­ag­no­sis. This is fol­lowed by in­di­vid­u­alised coun­selling and be­spoke treat­ments se­lected from more than 800 pos­si­ble for­mu­la­tions.

7 MARIO LUCA GIUSTI This Ital­ian lux­ury home ac­ces­sories line counts Steven Spiel­berg, Roberto and Eva Cavalli, and the Missoni fam­ily as fans. It also adorns de­signer ho­tels such as Mama Shel­ter in Paris, de­signed by Philippe Starck. In­spired by na­ture and Ital­ian art, the col­lec­tions run the gamut from clas­sic to fan­tas­ti­cal and ex­u­ber­ant.

8 V.D. CHOIS Ded­i­cated to hand­made, ar­ti­san can­dles, cre­ations from this ate­lier run the gamut—from tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from ev­ery­day life to del­i­cate ol­fac­tory ol­fac­tory bou­quets such as Figu­ier (fig), Citrea (cit­ric) and Botanic Gar­den.

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