Palais Renaissance’s take on being a diﬀerent kind of mall: an intimate space that’s not just for shopping and dining, but also for unique experiences. Here are eight things that set it apart.
IT HAS THE TIMEPIECES FOR HIGH-FLIERS
Since 1884, Breitling has been trained in the tough school of aviation where safety is paramount. That continues today: all its watches are 100 percent chronometer-certified by the Oﬃcial Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), the highest benchmark for precision and reliability. At its only flagship in Singapore, try more than 300 styles (they include Breitling for Bentley and the Professional range, and special boutique editions) alongside whisky or wine from its bar, backdropped by American artist Kevin T. Kelly’s postmodern works.
IT HAS THE ONLY STORE THAT IS NOT HERMES FOR NEW HERMESES
L’ecrin Boutique Singapore doesn’t sell pre-loved Birkins and Kellys. It has the largest inventory of both styles – sourced around the world and updated weekly by its in-house team – sells only new ones, and the most wanted ones in a wide variety of colours, sizes and leather options. Yup, the kind that you can’t buy at Hermes even if you have the money; the kind that you don’t have to be on the waiting list for; the kind that you can buy on the spot. Sweet.
IT HAS THE JEWELLER WITH GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
Mouawad doesn’t just sell fine jewellery, watches and objets d’art, it also puts them in the Guinness World Records and the Oscars. It produced the most expensive bra with Victoria’s Secret, and it has been worn by Kate Winslet, Kim K and Mariah Carey. One thing you can always expect from Mouawad is that it never skimps on the sparkle and the quality (everything, from sourcing and cutting the raw diamonds, to designing and manufacturing, is done in-house).
IT HAS MARIA GRACHVOGEL, THE BRIT LABEL THAT FOCUSES ON MAKING WOMEN LOOK AND FEEL GOOD
The 47-year-old Brit designer believes that the best way for women to look good is to empower them with confidence. For 20 years, through cut, fit, engineering and innovation, Grachvogel has focused on creating styles that flatter, enhance and transform the body (Scarlett Johansson and Angelina Jolie are fans) – the way a Savile Row suit makes all men look better. This concept is not something that women are accustomed to. “Women are used to seeing fashion as a tool to ‘pretty’ ourselves, as opposed to it being something to empower us,” says Grachvogel. This is why her clothes are best appreciated at the store, not in a lookbook or on the runway.
IT HAS THE CHIRASHI DON THAT FOLKS KEEP COMING BACK FOR
Why? Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar’s version is sought-after for its fresh seafood and mystery, seasonal ingredients from Japan (both arrive weekly). The chefs then craft specials around them. If you’re a die-hard regular, they might slip several surprises into your don.