Takashimaya, the well-loved department store from Japan, has been an Orchard Road fixture for 24 years and counting. While you’ve probably been there more times than you can count, did you know that the store also offers handbags, shoes and accessories that aren’t available anywhere else in Singapore, as well as exclusive cosmetics and skincare to pamper yourself and your loved ones? The following may help you get your Christmas shopping sorted – or just end up growing your want list!
MAKE A STYLE STATEMENT
If “chic with a touch of rock” describes your style perfectly, you need to check out this Italian bag brand. Launched in 2010, the brainchild of designers Salar Bicheranloo and Francesca Monaco was lauded by Vogue Italia as one of the best emerging brands.
Figs by Figueroa
Nature is the focus at Figs by Figueroa, from the shapes and colours in its shoe designs, to the technology that allows its shoes to follow your feet’s natural movement. Straps are adjustable for a comfortable fit on every foot.
Despite being founded in 1915, this Spanish shoe brand hasn’t lost its style cred. Its canvas shoes became synonymous with ’70s and ’80s Spanish fashion, and the popularity of the legendary design hasn’t flagged. New styles are also added each season to keep your look current.
Monica Vinader’s Signature Collection
Celebrities such as Olivia Palermo, Emma Watson and the HRH Duchess of Cambridge have been seen wearing this British jewellery brand, and we totally understand why. With a wide range of chic accessories such as friendship bracelets, and gemstone and diamond jewellery, Monica Vinader offers instantly wearable and contemporary pieces that elevate your style in any occasion. Stack, style and customise your pieces with personal messages, motifs or hand-drawn doodles with complimentary in-store engraving.
You don’t have to travel to Europe to get a taste of the healing benefits of Hungarian spas – enjoy them right here at Takashimaya, in the form of Omorovicza Gold Hydralifting Mask. Produced using technologies developed in a Nobel Prize-winning lab, this mask promises to optimise skin’s healing and anti-ageing abilities using minerals from Budapest’s thermal waters.
Koh Gen Do
This brand started out as Japanese actress Ai Saotome’s solution to long hours of shooting under the glare of stage lights in heavy makeup. To protect her skin from dryness and exhaustion brought on by the harsh conditions, she developed skincare and makeup with only natural ingredients derived from Japanese and Chinese herbs. The products caught on among other actresses and, as they say, the rest is history. In keeping with the brand’s film-industry origins, its Maifanshi makeup line has ultrafine particles to conceal pores and fine lines while looking and feeling weightless – perfect for an age of 4K HDTV technology.
Founder Troy Surratt says: “Paris and Tokyo are my two favourite places in the world.” Little wonder then that his makeup collection combines the best of both cities. The veteran makeup artist spent nearly a decade scouring Japan for the best in beauty to create his debut eponymous line, marrying the centuries-old principles of geisha and kabuki makeup with the quality and innovation of modern-day Tokyo. French-inspired shades and customisable palettes that you can reuse make them even more covetable.
The History of Whoo’s Christmas sets
This Christmas, gift the beauty secrets of ancient Korean royalty with The History of Whoo’s luxurious skincare and makeup sets. Only available at the Takashimaya counter, each set comes in a bejewelled box fit for the queens in your life.
This Japanese brand takes a holistic approach to skincare and makeup, which can be seen in its minimalistic packaging and botanical-scented products. Treat your senses to the delightful blend of essential oils and plant-based ingredients that are said to actively boost skin’s natural beauty.