01 BRIGHT SIDE
Move over, Holly Golightly. Tiffany & Co.’s latest launch could not be further removed from celluloid diamond-loving waifs. The American jewellery house recently launched Tiffany Men’s, comprising two new collections designed for men: Tiffany 1837 Makers and Diamond Point, both of which include jewellery, homeware and watches. The time is deﬁ nitely right: Global men’s ﬁne jewellery sales were estimated to be worth US$5.3 billion (S$7.3 billion) in 2017 – deﬁ nitely a ﬁgure that would put a gleam in any jeweller’s eye.
As its name suggests, Tiffany 1837 Makers represents the brand’s heritage of craftsmanship, which dates back more than 180 years. Pieces in this collection take their cues from Tiffany’s hollowware workshop, as well as the company’s tradition of making sports trophies. Jewellery and barware are united by certain design details – concave and convex curves, ﬂat edges and utilitarian hardware-inspired motifs.
Diamond Point, on the other hand, has a more classic aesthetic and is embodied by a graphic pattern. This motif appears as either a subtle accent or a prominent overlay on jewellery such as pendants and cuffs, as well as a cocktail mixer. While Tiffany has long offered a small selection of jewellery that’s pretty unisex – we know several guys who love their T bracelets – these new offerings herald the brand’s serious expansion into the men’s luxury space.
02 IN THE LOOPS
With unlined woven leather bags as its signature, Bottega Veneta has long demonstrated its mastery of leather – and this strength has been given an even greater focus under its latest creative director, Daniel Lee. Exclusively available at the brand’s recently revamped store at Ion Orchard, the new Sponge Pouch is a playful take on The Pouch, a similarly shaped clutch that was launched earlier this year. It might look fun and fuzzy, but the Sponge Pouch requires serious work: Each of them is made over ﬁve days, and requires more than a thousand metres of slim nappa leather thread, with each looped stitch being individually tied.
03 THE LIFE CHROMATIC
Rejoice, fellow fans of Paul Smith who have missed having access to a good variety of the British designer’s offerings since the shuttering of its sizeable store at Mandarin Gallery. A Paul Smith boutique has recently opened at Marina Bay Sands offering a full range of the brand’s products for men and women. Its 133sqm space is divided into two separate rooms: One, with a more minimal setting, is dedicated to the Paul Smith mainline; while the eclectic decor of the second room reﬂ ects the playfulness of the PS Paul Smith collection it houses.
#B1-10, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
04 CIT-E LIFE
Sometimes, it takes a fashion brand’s pizzazz to make technological innovations just that bit sexier – consider the Apple Watch and its Hermes tie-up, for example. Now, Saint Laurent partners with Google’s – smart-fabric technology, Jacquard, to create the Cit-e backpack. Connected to your mobile phone by a special tag, an interactive touch area (on the left strap of the bag) enables you to control music, drop location pins and take photos. The black (of course, since it’s YSL) backpack can be found at the brand’s Rive Droite concept stores in Paris and Los Angeles, as well as www.saintlaurentrivedroite.com.
TEXT LYNETTE KOH