As author Tessa Bailey correctly puts it, love comes in many forms—it’s not just the romantic passion between lovers, but also that lifelong devotion between parent and child, the deep affection between friends. So don’t just limit your gifting to your significant other this Valentine’s Day; cast your net a little wider and make this day a celebration of all the different faces of love.
Here, we’ve put together a list of gift ideas for the people who matter—be it your boyfriend, husband or that bestie who has seen you through thick and thin. Better yet, it’s love all around with this curated selection: All the options are from home-grown brands, and are made or produced in Singapore, so you can show local talents and small businesses some love and support this 14 February too.
Besides shopping online, Design Orchard (250 Orchard Road, Singapore 238905) is also organising a Malentine’s Day pop-up special from 15 Feb 2021 to 5 March 2021. Created specially for men, the names participating in this showcase include watch brand Boldr; menswear experts Duxton; SACCO and Tropick; accessories label Forbidden Hill; hat specialist Hat of Cain as well as niche perfume house The LAB Fragrances.
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When it comes to gifts for the guys, always consider the item’s usability—questions such as “Is it practical?” and “Is it versatile?” will serve you well when deciding on whether or not to purchase something. Here are some options that check all the right boxes.
Add some colour to your man’s wardrobe with this shirt from The Shirt Bar, which is inspired by Singapore’s HDB flats. Thanks to the use of digital printing, the window motifs are in higher resolution, and are more resistant to colour fading and running when compared to prints created using conventional methods (read: the hues stay vibrant for longer). The shirt also has a soft, silky finish that feels so comfortable against skin—a big plus, given our warm weather.
Menswear specialist The Shirt Bar is on a mission to accentuate and elevate personal style. Striving to offer customers more value for money, it produces quality products at affordable prices, and also partners with suppliers that pay a fair wage.
If your beau loves Swiss visual design, he’ll relish this hardback that gives a comprehensive look into Swiss typography and graphics over the past 100 years. Be prepared to give up some “we” time as he loses himself in works from various eras, illuminating essays by experts in the field, discussions on how tradition affects the work produced by creatives, and more.
Founded in 2005, BooksActually is a local independent bookshop that specialises in both fiction and non-fiction publications. It stocks the largest collection of Singapore literary titles, including some out-of-print ones, and has two other businesses, Math Paper Press and Birds & Co. The former publishes original books while the latter is a stationery label that offers unique hand-stitched notebooks. Now a fully online business, BooksActually occasionally makes an appearance at special events and physical pop-ups.
Does your partner love everything Singapore? Get him this face mask from Onlewo, featuring motifs inspired by our nation’s rich heritage and colourful culture—a practical and stylish gift we know he’ll appreciate (even though the vaccination programme is being rolled out here, wearing a face mask in public is still mandatory). Made in Singapore by local tailors whose livelihoods have been impacted by the pandemic, this three-layer mask (cotton outer and innermost layers, and a non-woven synthetic filter as a middle layer) comes with an adjustable elastic band as well as pockets for the insertion of an additional filter and nose wire.
Onlewo is a local lifestyle label that draws inspiration from Singapore’s rich culture and translates its elements into prints and motifs that are then transferred onto everyday items such as shirts, bags, face masks, curtains and upholstery.
Gift him a stylish way to get his cards organised. This simple, elegant card holder from Bynd Artisan is crafted from natural-grained leather and comes with multiple slots—a main compartment with gussets, three additional single-card slots on the other side of the interior and a single-card slot at the back—so there’s more than enough space for his business cards, ATM cards, credit cards and even some emergency cash. Available in black, brown, red, taupe, dark blue, grey, turquoise, pink, purple and teal, it can be personalised for an additional $30.
Founded in 1942 by Chan Koon Song, Bynd Artisan started as a small bindery workshop and has since evolved into an experiential store that sells leather goods and accessories. Husband-and-wife team James Quan and Winnie Chan, the granddaughter of the brand’s founder, now run the business and under their leadership, Bynd Artisan has earned several accolades, including being named winner of the Design of the Year award at the 2016 President’s Design Awards and conferred the Best Shopping Experience at the 2017 Singapore Tourism Awards.
Style and comfort collide in these lace-ups from Heirloom by Josh Leong, which boast uppers made with full-grain Italian calf leather from Ilcea Conceria (known for its amazing depth of colour) and durable Margom rubber soles. Versatility is high with this one—the kicks go just as well with a formal get-up of crisp white shirt and slim-fit trousers as they do with a casual ensemble of tee and tailored shorts.
Heirloom by Josh Leong was founded by Josh Leong in 2016. Before he became a shoemaker, Leong was buying scrap leather and turning them into hand-stitched bags, pouches and wallets. Keen to turn his hobby into a full-time profession, he moved to Florence, Italy, to study the finer points of leather craftsmanship. While in Florence, he had the opportunity to learn from Italian master cobbler Angelo Imperatrice and decided to hone his skills as a shoemaker. He went on to apprentice under Stefano Bemer, one of the top bespoke shoemaking brands in the world, and the rest, as the saying goes, is history. Taking a stand against animals being bred and killed solely for skin-harvesting purposes, Leong uses only by-product bovine leather from the meat industry for all his creations.
They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If you’re thinking of cooking him breakfast during Valentine’s Day, then TWG Tea at Kris Shop has the perfect accompaniment to your scrumptious surprise. This renowned local teahouse chain, founded in 2007, has a Valentine Breakfast Tea set that comprises black tea with a fruity aftertaste.
If you love tea, you’re probably familiar with TWG Tea (it stands for The Wellbeing Group). Founded in 2008 as a subsidiary of the V3 Group, TWG Tea is a luxury concept that marries unique and original retail outlets with exquisite tea rooms that distributes its offerings internationally.
TWG Tea’s collection is the largest in the world, with over 800 different single-estate, fine harvests and exclusive tea blends from all of the tea-producing countries. TWG Tea tasters travel extensively across the globe in search of the most desirable harvests direct from source gardens.
Besides developing special varieties with the renowned tea estates, TWG Tea also offers tea patisseries and other tea-infused delicacies.
Spice up your boyfriend or husband’s wardrobe with this striking shirt from CYC and Liberty London’s capsule collaboration. The eclectic prints are inspired by The Silk Road and its rich cultural legacy. Made with a fine cotton material from Liberty of London, the shirt feels silky soft to the touch and will definitely keep him cool in our tropical weather.
Founded by Shanghainese tailors Chiang Yick Ching and his wife Foo Ah Neok in 1935, CYC is a contemporary menswear label that’s now helmed by fourth-generation scion, designer Cara Chiang. An award-winning home-grown brand, CYC sources its materials from some of the finest fabric mills around the world to create clothing of superior quality.
In 2020, CYC launched the #CYC300kMaskChallenge, an initiative that called on volunteers to each help sew 300 masks in 10 days (or less), with the aim of making 300,000 masks for migrant workers. The brand received an overwhelming response, with over 4,000 applications when the initiative was announced on its Facebook page.
During the pandemic, CYC also partnered Oikos Helping Hand to donate 600 finished masks and 1,000 mask kits to Aroma slum residents in the Philippines. According to CYC, “the mask kits will be distributed and used during on-going courses that teach women basic sewing skills so they can produce and resell the fabric masks for additional income.”
With Valentine’s Day coinciding with Chinese New Year this year, we’re pretty sure your man will be stuffed with festive goodies (after all, food features prominently in CNY celebrations)—which is why he’ll definitely appreciate this set from Kinohimitsu, which is formulated to improve digestion and relieve constipation (Detox Enzyme) as well as burn calories (KilosCut).
One of the leading brands in beauty drinks in Singapore and Malaysia, Kinohimitsu offers products made with natural ingredients and plant-derived extracts such as royal jelly and perilla seed extract. All its products are tested by SGS (a Swiss multinational company that provides inspection, verification, testing and certification) and supported by certification, including the CE mark (which indicates conformity with the health, safety and environmental protection requirements demanded in the European Economic Area); the US Food and Drug Administration’s certifications for medical devices and good manufacturing practices; halal certification; and the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification, which ensures food safety.
The ultra-organised man would love this sleek padfolio that packs a punch when it comes to style and functionality. Smartly dressed in premium Epsom leather, it features a roomy interior with lots of compartments for organised storage—including a Tech compartment on one side that comfortably fits a standard-size laptop or A4-size documents; four slips pockets, two with pull tabs, on the other side; and two pen holders. The exterior also has a slip pocket that can easily be converted into a trolley slot. For those who like things hands-free, it comes with a detachable adjustable strap for shoulder or cross-body wear.
Co-owned by Tocco Toscano, a heritage leather goods label with over 30 years of experience in the industry, and Y Ventures Group, a data-analysis-driven e-commerce retailer and distributor, Faire Leather Co. is a fully vertically integrated, direct-to-consumer business that passes on all the cost savings (such as manufacturer and sample product fees) to consumers. Utilising real-time feedback and customer data, it creates functional and stylish products, where clean, refined and polished aesthetics are complemented by practical, smart design on the inside.
Who says chocolates are only for women? We’re pretty sure this curated box of 12 bonbons—take your pick from these selections: 45 percent Milk Sungai Ruan; Double Soy Caramel; Strawberry Rhubarb; Matcha; Calamansi Surprise; PB & J; 80 percent Dark Anaimalai; Mala (Mild Spicy); Sea Salt Caramel; Earl Grey Bergamot; 64% Dark Panchor; Salted Egg Yolk; Rum & Raisin (with alcohol); and Dark Pahit (with alcohol)—will bring a smile to his face. Don’t take alcohol? There’s an option to replace the ones with alcohol, depending on stock availability of the non-alcoholic flavours.
Founded in 2020 by Singaporean chocolatier Jerome Penafort, Mr. Bucket specialises in chocolate treats that use only sustainably sourced cacaos from Asia. Penafort believes that chocolates produced with Asian cacao taste just as delicious—if not more—that those produced in other parts of the world. Besides supporting Asian cacao farms, Penafort also wants to revitalise the Asian chocolate industry.
The perfect gift for the cold-brew coffee lover, this kit makes it easy for your man to enjoy a cup of his favourite drink right at home. All you need to do is decide on three things: The taste profile (select from three flavours: Throwback, Nuts + Bolts and Terra Firma); whether or not to get oat milk (choose between Minor Figures Oat Milk and Minor Figures Organic Oat Milk); and if you want to get just a Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Coffee Pot or throw in a Hario Mini Mill Slim+ manual coffee grinder as well.
Established in 2009 as Papa Palheta, this coffee speciality boutique rebranded itself as PPP Coffee in 2019 and launched the PPP Coffee store that same year. PPP Coffee’s business is guided by three simple principles: Honesty, traceability and sustainability. Which is why every batch of coffee sold at PPP Coffee is sustainably sourced and roasted in small amounts, so as to fully bring out the unique flavours and profile of the beans. As an employee store modelled after the loyalty co-op for F&B establishments, PPP Coffee shares its profits with all its staff members, regardless of rank and designation.
You can never go wrong with a pair of well-cut shorts and this navy number from Benjamin Barker hits all the right notes. Not only is it quick-drying and water-resistant, it also comes with an adjustable side button fastener so it sits and fits better. Cut from premium nylon and polyester, these shorts can be dressed down with a muscle tee and slippers for a day out at the beach or dressed up with a crisp white shirt and lace-ups for a Sunday brunch date.
Founded by Nelson Yap in 2009, Benjamin Barker is best known for its range of classic and vintage-inspired men’s accessories, shirts and suits. But what really sets this home-grown label apart is its endeavour to constantly develop different fabrics to add exquisite and thoughtful details to its offerings. Besides its eponymous line, Benjamin Barker carries a curated range of labels that is aligned with its ethos.
Even as you reserve Valentine’s Day for your significant other, there’s no reason why you can’t show some of the most important women in your life—whether it’s your mum, your sis, or a dear friend who has stood by you through thick and thin—how much you appreciate them. Time to spread the love and make someone’s day.
Featuring GINLEE Studio’s iconic pleated design, this jumpsuit is perfect for that gal pal who loves timeless, minimalist pieces. Designed for ease of movement whether at work or play, it’s a versatile piece that can take her from day to night effortlessly.
Founded in 2011 by designers Gin Lee & Tamir Niv, GINLEE Studio is a local fashion label that offers comfortable and stylish clothes made to flatter every body type—because, as the founders believe, “good design should be accessible to everyone”. As part of the label’s effort to eliminate waste, Get-Order-On-Demand (GOOD) was launched. Instead of markdowns at the end of every season to clear stocks, GINLEE Studio monitors the demand of its items and uses the data to make accurate inventory planning decisions that effectively reduce excess goods and wastage.
You can never go wrong with black ballerina flats that can be worn with practically anything. We especially adore this pair from PAZZION with pointy toes and pretty pleats all around the leather uppers, which lend textural flair to a classic design. Padded leather insoles provide utmost comfort while the elasticated trim ensures a secure fit.
PAZZION started off as a footwear distributor for various countries across Asia-Pacific and Europe, and has since evolved into a household name that offers comfortable and stylish footwear. Today, it has over 10 stores in Singapore, and is also available in countries such as Japan, Malaysia and Thailand.
Add a fun ensemble to your girlfriend’s work wardrobe by gifting her this sky blue number with a tulip silhouette that gives the illusion of a longer, slimmer body. It also comes with a sash to accentuate her waistline.
Founded in February 2017, ANS.EIN is a labour of love by mumpreneurs Anseina (Ans), an architect and a wedding dress designer, and Erlyn (Ein), who has been in the retail business as well as the events and media industries. Both women have a keen appreciation for art, which was what inspired them to establish ANS.EIN, offering what they call “wearable art”. According to the founders, all the patterns from ANS.EIN come from the “inspirational brushes of our passionate artists”. ANS.EIN also encourages everyone to create their own art; it has even conducted art workshops where children create their very first pieces of art using their handprints and footprints, which can then be turned into prints for dresses for both parent and child. Already an artist in your own right? Through its Create Ans.ein initiative, the brand can help you turn your artwork into a dress that is deeply personal and truly one of a kind.
Proving that there’s beauty in simplicity, this dress from Our Second Nature has clean, elegant lines and a form-fitting silhouette that work well for all occasions. Team with an oversize blazer and sleek slingbacks for the office, then lose the outerwear and pile on the chunky gold accessories for some partying come night. Bonus: It’s made with stretch textured cotton, which means there’ll be no unsightly creases even as your day stretches well into the night.
Home-grown fashion label Our Second Nature was established by Lauren Tan and Velda Tan in 2017. Their mission? To provide comfortable, everyday wear for every woman inspired by the “highs and lows of everyday life”. Our Second Nature creates a new print for every new collection it debuts, and has a subsidiary line, our Mini Nature, that offers stylish wear for girls aged between one and eight.
Can’t decide if you should get a top or a skirt for her? Get her both with this set, which features a floral print wrap top and a baby pink eyelet skirt—the perfect ensemble for a weekend garden party. Best of all, she can also style the pieces as separates for multiple different looks.
Apart from providing garments that are perfect for Singapore’s sweltering climate, The Missing Piece, a home-grown label that’s founded by Fock Ee-ling, believes in giving back to society by helping the less fortunate. Two years ago, it partnered with World Vision, a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation, and pledged $40,000 to help young preschoolers in Minh Long, Vietnam, gain access to clean drinking water and washing facilities. This initiative has benefited over 1,000 children.
The right accessories can up your style quotient in a heartbeat and these unique earrings by The Paper Bunny do just that. A dramatic take on your everyday hoops, the asymmetrical design makes an excellent choice for an elegant statement and is a true wardrobe mainstay.
The Paper Bunny, founded by Jaime Lee in 2013, had its start as a stationery supplier before becoming a full-fledged lifestyle label that offers a range of products, including clothes, bags and accessories. Today, this home-grown brand continues to evolve, but still stays true to its mission of providing thoughtfully designed products that can brighten lives as well as inspire wonder and an appreciation of life. The Paper Bunny is also committed to protecting the environment. The mailing envelopes, paper bags, greeting cards, notepads, desk planners and notebooks from 2020 are all produced with FSC-certified paper that contains 70 percent recycled materials. The inks used in its stationery are made from soya, which breaks down easily, and is biodegradable and friendlier towards the recycling process. Some of the products, such as reusable bags, laptop cases, laundry bags, tote bags and mini bags, are also made from recycled materials.
A scarf is a quick and easy style hack. Gift your girl pal this cheery one from Binary Style, which draws inspiration from Pearl Bank, an architectural icon in Singapore. The design features a motif that recalls the building’s iconic horseshoe shape, as well as elements of nature and grey herons. A practical and versatile gift, this scarf, which measures 115 by 115cm, can even double as a bandeau top.
Founded by twin sisters Santhi and Sari Tunas in 2015, Binary Style is a local lifestyle label that focuses on creating scarves with unique prints that draw inspiration from Singapore’s diverse culture, highlighting our city’s heritage districts, nature and local anecdotes.
What do you get for your fitness-obsessed friend? A pair of stylish leggings that looks as good as it feels, of course. Designed with comfort in mind, this pair from Kydra is made with breathable fabric that wears comfortably and wicks sweat effectively. It also comes with side pockets, so she can keep her personal belongings safe even while she’s sweating it out in the gym or outdoors.
Established in 2017, local label Kydra is dedicated to the creation of sports apparel that is comfortable, functional and stylish. Founders Jimmy Poh and Wong Dingyao, who are both athletes, believe that any outfit from Kydra should take you from the gym to your favourite holiday destination effortlessly.
For comfort and style, nothing beats palazzo pants. Take the chance to add some colour to your bae’s wardrobe by getting this cropped number from SABRINAGOH. Made from a smooth cotton material, the pants sit high on the waist, and come with adjustable ties and an elastic band at the back for a perfect fit.
Founded in 2009 by Sabrina Goh, SABRINAGOH is all about contemporary pieces with unexpected twists—think asymmetrical cuts, relaxed yet polished silhouettes and classic styles with unique details.
A graduate of LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Goh, who won Elle Singapore magazine’s Designer of the Year award in 2010 and has participated in various international showcases such as Vogue Fashion’s Night Out Bangkok and the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Fashion Awards, has grown her brand exponentially. She started out with a small consignment space in a multi-label store, but now has a standalone store; her label is also stocked internationally now, in major department stores in New York, Washington DC, Utah and Japan.
She also recently collaborated with The Walt Disney Singapore and Lucasfilm on a series of limited-edition collections inspired by Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday, Minnie Mouse’s love for polka dots, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Rogue One.
Why settle for one when you can have three? This set of three narrow gold-plated bangles (which can also be purchased individually) is perfect for maximalists out there. The bangles feature iconic Peranakan patterns formed with hand-woven delica beads in mostly turquoise, vermillion red and soft yellow.
Named after the founder Stephanie Choo’s two children, EDEN + ELIE was launched in 2015. Committed to using hand-weaving techniques to create beautiful jewellery that is made in Singapore, the brand sources its materials only from suppliers who are reputable and ethical.
Light up her life with this beautiful diffuser-and-candle gift set from Artisan of Sense.
We love that there are plenty of scents for you to choose from—including Wild Fig, Sandalwood Lime, French Lavender and Winter Wonderland for the reed diffuser; and Lavender Eucalyptus Sage, Cedarwood Lemongrass, Coconut Palm Lime and Patchouli Orange for the classic candle.
Artisan of Sense is a home-grown fragrance company established in 2017 by Vivian Chung. All the candles offered are hand-poured in small batches and are made using only eco-friendly soya wax from US-grown soya beans, which gives a clean and steady flame. Only 100 percent pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils from plants are used in the candles, which are free of phthalates, parabens and sulphates, and do not go through animal testing. Meanwhile, the wooden wicks are sourced from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)-certified mills and produced in the US.
Perfect for that bag-loving friend of yours, this arm candy features different batik prints on each side and comes with a detachable chain strap for those hands-free days. One bag, two ways of wearing, two different looks—talk about bang for your buck.
Local lifestyle label Photo Phactory, which was founded by Valley Arora, translates Singapore’s rich heritage and culture into wearable products by way of motifs such as Perakanan tiles and old-school shophouses.
No matter the occasion, a piece of jewellery makes a great gift. We especially love this necklace from RE:LOOP, a limited-edition capsule collection of necklaces using upcycled fabrics by Ying The Label together with RISIS‘s iconic orchid charms.
No two necklaces are identical because of the way the fabrics are used and there are six fabric designs with four different gold finishings of the orchid charms. Shoppers can mix and match the fabrics and charms.
During the Circuit Breaker, Li Ying, founder and artist of Ying The Label, discovered she had some unused and uncut fabrics. Instead of letting it go to waste, she decided to collaborate with RISIS to create this series of necklaces, a reflection of the mindful production approach adopted by both brands.
Verene Ng, CEO of RISIS said: “The gold we used for this collection goes through a process of recycling from un-used wastage. To be socially responsible, every piece of the jewellery is encapsulated in a cyanide-free gold bath to ensure the quality remains. We feel that we can all make a difference even in small steps, and this first-ever collaboration with Ying came at the perfect time.”
Li Ying is passionate about painting and her label was created because she wanted to tell her stories through art. She said: “Inspired by the simplest of things that I experience in my life, and using fabrics as my canvas, I hope to take you through and emotional, but adventurous journey.”
All the prints from Ying The Label stay vibrant after several washes, and that’s because all of its motifs are digitally printed on high quality fabrics sourced from Japan, Korea, Indonesia and more.
A well-established name in Singapore, RISIS was founded by a young Singaporean scientist in 1976, producing jewellery, sculpture and lifestyle artefacts that reflect the different facets of Singapore’s culture. More importantly, RISIS is committed to making a positive impact on the environment.
Take for example its wastewater treatment system. It effectively treats wastewater from every aspect of its production process (including raw water) so that there is zero pollution to the public water system. Waste water are treated and recycled during the production process. Harmful gases and pollutants are also managed effectively by RISIS.
To reduce carbon footprint, the brand also engages in a circular process that uses recycled gold from rejected pieces in its gold bath.
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