KAPOK REOPENS AT TANG PLAZA
Multi-label design store Kapok has reopened with a larger shop space in Tangs department store. The 481 sq ft floor area is more than double its old space.
The Hong Kong-based label has also brought in new brands such as its own unisex fashion brand Future Classics, French menswear brand A.P.C and watch brand Rosefield.
The store offers a selection of clothes, fashion accessories, bags and assorted lifestyle items. Prices start at $29 for a candle from Brooklyn Candle Studio.
Kapok at Tang Plaza is located at Level 3, 310 Orchard Road, open: 10.30am to 9.30pm (Mondays to Saturdays), 11am to 8.30pm (Sundays), tel: 6737-5500.
YING X LLOYD'S INN COLLABORATION
Local womenswear brand Ying The Label has collaborated with Lloyd's Inn, a boutique hotel in Orchard Road, to design a kaftan (left).
Co-designed by the two brands' directors, the kaftan is priced at $99 and can be purchased on Ying The Label's website or at Lloyd's Inn.
Buyers will receive a complimentary tote bag and a 5 per cent discount voucher for Lloyd's Inn.
For more information, go to www.yingthelabel.com. Lloyd's Inn is located at 2 Lloyd Road, tel: 6737-7309.
Australian bodycare brand Cherub Rubs is available for the first time here.
The brand produces natural and organic bodycare products that are suitable for infants and those with sensitive skin.
The range includes shampoo, body wash, sunscreen and insect repellent. All products contain up to 95 per cent organic ingredients such as essential oils and aloe vera gel.
Prices start at $21.40 for a bottle of Skin Balm, which is said to soothe and moisturise dry skin.
Cherub Rubs products are available at Meidi-Ya supermarket in Liang Court, OG and Takashimaya department stores as well as selected Isetan, Guardian, Kiddy Palace, Sasa and Watsons outlets.
KIPLING LAUNCHES ASIA-EXCLUSIVE BAG DESIGN
To celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, Kipling, the Belgian bag brand most famous for its monkey mascot, has launched an Asiaexclusive design: the Defea Dream Garden bag ($155 for mini size, above, and $209 for regular size).
Every purchase of the bag comes with a special-edition Kipling 30th Anniversary Monkey Clip (while stocks last).
Although Singapore accounted for only 5 per cent of the brand's Asian market last year, Mr Richard Macey, Kipling's global president, is confident that it will enjoy 10 to 20 per cent revenue growth this year.
He says in an e-mail interview: "Sales performance for the brand here has remained positive since VF Corporation took back the distributorship of Kipling last year."
VF Corporation is an American apparel, footwear and accessories company.
Kipling opened its first store in Asia at Bugis Junction here in 1990. The brand now has six standalone stores in Singapore.
Singaporean shoppers tend to favour functional handbags and shoulder bags in both monotone colours and bold prints, notes Ms Tina Debo, vice-president of global design for Kipling.
She adds: "Through years of experience designing for different markets around the world, we've observed that Asian consumers tend to like print designs on bags. Therefore, we have designed and offered exclusive prints for Asia, such as the Fire Phoenix and Dream Garden prints for the Spring Summer 2017 collection."
The Defea Dream Garden bag is available at all Kipling stores here, including the one at B1-31, 313@Somerset, open daily from 10.30am to 9.30pm, tel: 6509-3314.
Cara Wong & Alyssa Woo