When only the best will do, step into Palais Renaissance. At once, you’ll ﬁnd yourself a world away from the bustle of the city in this intimate, exclusive mall, while you browse through the upscale selection of gifts from its luxury brands and boutiques.
Jessie Foo, the designer and founder behind Yuli Inc. – Fine Jewellery (#01-08), describes her creative process as “a tool to express the signiﬁcant stages and moments of life”. A form of storytelling through gems, as it were. To that end, the designer has released a major collection every year since 2000 – each combining simplicity, sophistication, craftsmanship and style.
At L’ecrin Boutique Singapore (#01-10) – French for “jewellery case” – the gems are Hermès bags. Cut through the luxury brand’s daunting waiting lists and take your pick from the wide selection at this boutique. L’ecrin, in fact, has the largest inventory of brand-new Birkins in both Singapore and Japan. If you’re gunning for other styles, pick from iconic Hermès silhouettes like the Constance, Kelly, and Bolide.
For the men in your life, Breitling (#01-03/04) is, without doubt, a timeless icon of heritage and history, thanks to its ties to aviation. In keeping with its philosophy of creating “Instruments for Professionals”, the Navitimer Rattrapante ($16,200 for the steel model; $48,190 for the limited-edition red gold version) – the brand’s latest release – features an in-house B03 movement that holds a split-seconds chronograph complication.
British designer Maria Grachvogel’s (#01-07A) pieces are sure to make a statement at the holiday parties you’ll be attending. The F/W ’17 season’s highlight is the Azara dress ($1,840), an elegant and feminine piece that highlights the designer’s ﬂair for draping, and has the attractive detail of a bow at the neck. Also consider the Correa velvet jumpsuit ($3,505), a glamorous creation in plush printed velvet that toys with light – a real head-turner.
TOP OF THE GAME
With over 30 years in the business, DeFRED Jewellers (#01-02) has become a name synonymous with the ﬁnest in jewellery. At its luxurious 1,485 sq ft boutique, expect to ﬁnd a breathtaking selection of ﬁne jewellery with stones painstakingly sourced from all around the world.
For a thoughtful gift, look no further than Mouawad’s (#01-01) sophisticated selection of jewels. The international brand is run by the fourth-generation Mouawad brothers, who have taken it to new heights, playing jeweller to a host of celebrities. As a bit of introductory luxury, consider hand-crafted charm bracelets for your little ones. These come in 18K white gold, ready to be added to over time with teddy bear, heart and ﬂower charms set with a variety of precious stones.
ALL THAT GLITTERS
Go for gold with the signature Natto Rescue Gold Facial from Renaza at Medical Aesthetics Spa (UK) (#03-10). This treatment gets half its name from its key ingredient, gamma-polyglutamic acid, a hydrating compound derived from natto beans. The wonder ingredient, massaged onto skin with an ultrasonic therapy device, is said to hydrate and brighten. And the “gold” part of the name? That comes from the gold mask applied near the end of the facial, which promises radiance – a winner in our books. First-time customers can try the facial for $78 this Christmas (UP $380).
Give your decor an update with the festive items from Strange & Deranged (#01-06). It has brought in a collection of Lighted Alpine Trees from Belgium. Deck them with ornaments from Estonia that include items shaped like wreaths and diamond trees – a step up from the usual colourful balls and lights. For a subtler touch, scent your home with perfumed ﬂowers from London, or French fragrances that take olfactory inspiration from the Gallic countryside. Now that’s festive joy in the air.
The H’AIR – Trichology by Leonica K (#03-08/09) line of products is formulated by expert trichologists, and is a great way to introduce a little haircare luxury to your loved ones. Besides shampoos and conditioners, the brand has a range of tonics to give the scalp the beneﬁcial ingredients it needs.
A SIGHT TO SEE
We’re partial to the eyewear from Eye Werks (#01-05) – particularly the designs by American fashion designer Tom Ford. His line of sunglasses and spectacle frames is famous for infusing retro shapes with a modern touch. The brand’s F/W ’17 collection takes on classic silhouettes and embellishes them with luxuriously discreet details like metal ﬁligree and, of course, the signature “T”s at the temples.
If you’re a fan of the DrGL line of skincare products, you’re likely to enjoy the holistic treatments from its companion, DrSpa (#03-04). We suggest Well & Sanct ($180), a full-body treatment that smooths and hydrates your skin to reveal a youthful glow. The spa also uses its customised proprietary blends of therapeutic aromatherapy oils in its treatments for all-round well-being. Think of this as a quick getaway from stress and tension – as precious a gift as any.
Considering how busy life can get at this time of year, you may well be grateful for the last-minute skin-saving treatments from Privé Aesthetics (#03-02). Enjoy a quick tightening lift with VShape Facetherapy ($321) or glow from the inside with Laser White Facetherapy ($192.60). For a real pick-me-up, consider Red Carpet Facetherapy ($243.96) – an instant burst of hydration using the infusion of pure oxygen.
Until Dec 31, 2017, spend a minimum of $500 and receive The St. Regis Singapore festive cookies. With a minimum spend of $800, receive an additional $20 worth of Palais Renaissance vouchers. Limited to one redemption per shopper, per day, with a maximum of three combined original receipts from the same day. Other terms and conditions apply.
390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871 (beside the Royal Thai Embassy), tel: 6737-6992.