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ABOUT THE FCCS
Established in 1979 and part of a worldwide network of 111 French Chambers (UCCIFE) in 81 countries with over 30,000 corporate members, the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (FCCS) is one of Asiaâ€™s leading chambers. Our mission is to develop relations between our members and the Singaporean business community, and to encourage economic, commercial and investment relations between France and Singapore. We represent a dynamic business platform of 550 corporate and individual members, and we offer an extensive range of business services and give access to people and information.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Special thanks to all the participating brands who have made So Chic a mustread guide. The FCCS would also like to thank the following persons for their support: H.E. Benjamin Dubertret, Ambassador of France to Singapore, Ms Ranita Sundramoorthy from the Singapore Tourism Board, Elisabeth Ponsolle des Portes from ComitĂŠ Colbert, Renee Lorentzen from beautyfool.com, Sharon Lim from ELLE Singapore, Philippe Brocart from Maison&Objet, Adeline Wong from epicure magazine, Emmy Tellier from Christofle, Yves Laforgue from SDV, Florent de Maximy and Marion Micoud from Why? Brand Design, and all the people who have contributed in one way or another to this new initiative by the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.
The French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and its retail members are pleased to present to you the first edition of So Chic, the French Shopping and Dining Guide in Singapore. This new guide aims to introduce some of the most prestigious and renowned French brands available in Singapore and to highlight the distinctive French fabric of their history and DNA. We also hope you will discover boutiques or brands you have not encountered before or did not know originated in France! Over the years (and, in some cases, centuries), France has developed a wealth of savoir faire and offers multi-faceted styles and a myriad products in the realm of Luxury, Beauty, Fashion or Art of Living. Singapore proves a gracious host to many French brands and their number has been growing steadily year on year. Here, we share them with you. Of course, no presentation of the French art de vivre would be complete without an overview of the thousand and one pleasures of French gastronomy. In 2010, cultural organisation UNESCO added the gastronomic meal of the French to the World Heritage List, a group of intangible cultural treasures. Indeed, gastronomy is a pillar of Franceâ€™s heritage and identity, and it is represented in Singapore by a broad range of French food, wine and gourmet brands. We invite you to indulge in a walk through French lifestyle in Singapore and wish you a very chic French shopping experience!
Mr Pierre VerdiĂ¨re President French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore
As the new Ambassador of France to Singapore, I am delighted to introduce to you So Chic, the first guide dedicated to French shopping and dining in Singapore. I congratulate The French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore for this great initiative that celebrates the diversity and richness of France know-how, elegance and cultural heritage. The Singapore retail scene is booming and new French boutiques contribute to this exciting shopping experience. Our country is famous for its haute couture, art de vivre, perfumes, gastronomy and wine but we would also like you to discover its trendy fashion brands, interior design and even French liqueur. The creativity and innovation of the retail industry are highlighted in this guide through world-famous designers, creative directors, craftsmen, couturiers, perfumers and chefs. They infuse their passion into the products they create. It is also very heart-warming to see not just French subsidiaries, but Singapore distributors and business entrepreneurs of all origins as well, all rallying to make this project come alive with the shared purpose of promoting French brands in Singapore. I wish each and every one a joyful French shopping and dining experience in Singapore.
H.E. Benjamin Dubertret Ambassador of France to Singapore French Embassy in Singapore
Shopaholics and food lovers are often spoilt for choice in Singapore. Despite being a small island, Singapore offers a diverse range of dining and shopping experiences. Such vivacity is further enhanced by the efforts of local and international companies in creating unique experiences, strong partnerships and iconic events. Over the years, we have witnessed several milestones made by French lifestyle brands on Singapore’s dining and retail scene. One example is the world’s only “floating” Louis Vuitton Island Maison. This spectacular infrastructure combines art, retail and architecture into an immersive shopping experience. Also, in May 2013, Chanel unveiled their 2013/14 Cruise Collection at the charming black-and-white bungalow at the Loewen Cluster. When it comes to gastronomy, French brands continue to find distinctive ways to whet our appetite. Singapore is home to a repertoire of French restaurants from Restaurant de Joël Robuchon and L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, both fine dining restaurants serving French haute cuisine, to pâtisseries such as Paul Bakery. These are just some examples of French dining and retail culture that have created a splash in Singapore. Many more are featured in this French Shopping and Dining Guide in Singapore. We are happy to support the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore in their efforts to share the wonderful stories behind some of the French lifestyle brands in Singapore through this guide. We hope you will enjoy this very insightful and informative guidebook.
Ms Ranita Sundramoorthy Director of Attractions, Dining and Retail Singapore Tourism Board
WHAT’S IN THE GUIDE?
LUXURY Accessories, Bags, Decoration, Fine Watches, Footwear, Fragrances, Jewelry, Leather Goods, Ready-to-Wear, Tableware BEAUTY & WELLNESS Beauty Spa, Cosmetics, Fragrances, Hair Salon, Make-Up
FASHION Footwear, Kidswear, Menswear, Womenswear ART OF LIVING Art Photos, Artworks, Furniture, Home Accessories, Household Linen, Interior Decoration, Interior Fabrics and Wallpapers, Tableware
GASTRONOMY Bakeries, Bars, Bistros, Brasseries, Cafés, Crêperie, Fine Food, French Grocers, Pâtisseries, Restaurants, Tea Shop, Wine Merchants
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Many seaside resorts in France are named after precious or semi-precious stones: the Opal Coast, Alabaster Coast, Emerald Coast, Jade Coast, Amethyst Coast, Ruby Coast or Azure Coast. The first to acquire such a nickname was the Côte d’Azur in 1887.
There are more than 3 million people practising an artisan craft in France, guaranteeing the country’s highquality and national expertise. The certification includes more than 150 occupations.
Unlike other sparkling wines, true champagne has to have gotten its bubbles by undergoing the fermentation process twice: once in barrels and again in bottles.
Several projects of significant importance have been carried out by the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (France’s Best Craftsmen), among which the restoration of the Statue of Liberty in New York.
Paris’s nickname, the “City of Lights,” refers not to its night lights but to the Age of Enlightenment, an intellectual and cultural movement of the late 17th and early 18th century.
The members of the Comité Colbert – 78 French luxury houses and 14 French cultural institutions – are all grounded in French craftsmanship, which they constantly renew through creation. Large or small, centuries-old or more recently established, these houses stand united within the Comité Colbert to represent French taste in the world and bring you dreams. Singapore is a good example. All of our houses are present there: as you make your way through the city, you will enjoy discovering the many luxury sectors that contribute to the French art de vivre: couture and fashion, crystal, publishing, interior decoration, faïence and porcelain, silver and bronze, leather goods, gold and precious materials, fragrances and wine & spirits... not to mention French gastronomy, which the Comité Colbert celebrated last July when three stars of French cuisine – Alain Ducasse, Joël Robuchon and Guy Savoy – joined our association. Singapore is like a jewellery case where our houses can display all of the scintillating facets of their heritage and innovations that harmonise their timeless style with the latest trends. In this city of perpetual motion, whose citizens are concerned about the future of the planet, our members express their shared values and their identity, in perfect step with their time. Let me invite you on a journey to the heart of French culture... right here in Singapore!
Elisabeth Ponsolle des Portes President and CEO Comité Colbert
Baccarat is the world’s most prestigious crystal manufacture, with a history dating back to 1764.
Founded in 1764 in the village of Baccarat, France, by a decree from King Louis XV, the world’s most prestigious crystal manufacture has withstood the test of time to become a symbol of excellence and an ambassador of the French lifestyle.
gilding, to crystal picked at the end of a cane or the creation of its famous red crystal, they harmoniously combine knowhow and creativity. Whether clear or coloured crystal, each timeless masterpiece bears the seal of exceptional techniques.
With its storied heritage, Baccarat celebrates 250 years of perfection this year, wreathed with iconic objects. Today, it continues to improve its technique and to create magic and poetry.
From its lighting collections and tableware to the world of jewellery, and from the trendiest creations to award winning works at World Fairs, Baccarat’s expertise is an incomparable legacy.
Baccarat’s 24 Best French Craftsmen and one Master of Art make up the highest number of nationally recognised elite artisans of all French luxury houses. Blowers, gilders, engravers and carvers put their talent at the service of designers and engineers. From hand-made wheel engraving or brush-applied embossed 13
www.baccarat.com Ngee Ann City Takashimaya Department Store 391 Orchard Road B1 Tel: 6835 1252
First jeweller of the Place Vendôme, Boucheron has embodied excellence in Jewellery, High Jewellery and Watchmaking for more than 150 years. The Maison Boucheron would not be Boucheron without the genius of its founder: Frédéric Boucheron. When he created the Maison in 1858, he asserted himself as a man with an enlightened and bold spirit, a true visionary with expertise of the jeweller’s art. An adventurer, he went straight to the foot of mines to acquire the most beautiful stones. He was also a pioneer of style and technique whose bold inventions – the question-mark necklace, the gold drapé, and the multiple-wear jewels – were rapidly rewarded at Universal Exhibitions. He was a man in constant search of excellence and innovation.
more exclusive address, he moved to Place Vendôme in 1893, becoming the first contemporary jeweller to ever open a boutique there. Fascinated by light, he chose number 26 for its exceptional location where the sun shines all day on the stones. Jeweller of Light, Frédéric Boucheron founded the French art of High Jewellery. More than one hundred and fifty years on, the Boucheron atelier (workshop) has become legendary and continues to create and perpetuate the savoir-faire of the Maison, faithful to the visionary spirit of its founder.
Passionate about beauty and Parisian architecture and endowed with an innate sense of luxury, he opened his first boutique at the Palais-Royal, which soon became a sought-after Parisian location. In search of an even 15
www.boucheron.com Boucheron ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn #02-01 Tel: 6737 1313
More than a century of creativity and excellence.
Founded in 1847 in Paris, Cartier stands as one of the world’s most esteemed and respected Maisons with its exceptional jewellery creations and fine watches. Referred to as "the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers" by King Edward VII of England, Cartier enjoys a long history of patrimony by royalty and celebrities. For his coronation in 1902, Edward VII ordered 27 tiaras and issued a royal warrant to Cartier in 1904. Thereafter, Cartier received similar warrants from the courts of Spain, Portugal, Russia, Siam, Greece, Serbia, Belgium, Romania, Egypt, Albania, Monaco and the House of Orléans . Renowned for its audacious design and savoir-faire, Cartier is recognised as an invaluable pioneer for its creations, icons of rarity, style and craftsmanship.
From the Trinity ring to the Love bracelet, the Santos de Cartier to the Tank watches, the Panther de Cartier ring to the Caresse d'Orchidées par Cartier brooch, all are symbols of Cartier’s creativity, quality and excellence. The Cartier boutiques, designed by renowned Paris-based architect Bruno Moinard, not only offer extraordinary and unique Cartier designs. Its Bridal Salon also boasts a wide selection of engagement rings, from creative to classic settings, and other bridal jewellery. To complete the needs of clients, a full range of accessories for men and women including the timeless Marcello handbag and Cartier’s pens, sunglasses, fragrances and more are also offered in its Accessories Salon.
www.cartier.com Cartier Ngee Ann City Takashimaya Department Store 391 Orchard Road #01-33 & #02-02/03/04 Tel: 6734 2427 ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn #01-20 & #02-10 Tel: 6235 0295 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands 2 Bayfront Avenue B1-39A/40 & B2-38 Tel: 6688 7388
CHANEL, the ultimate House of luxury.
Designer, visionary, artist: Gabrielle Chanel created a style. This style became a brand, a name known and valued throughout the world. She transcended conventions, creating an uncomplicated luxury that would change women’s lives forever. Today, CHANEL continues to inspire women of all ages all over the world with its timeless modernity. Designed by celebrated architect Peter Marino the CHANEL boutique creates an unparalleled shopping experience, with dedicated areas for Ready-to-Wear, Accessories, Shoes, a Watch Library and a Fine Jewellery Salon. With painstaking attention to detail, from the luminous goldblack-beige colour theme to bespoke pieces of furniture, the boutique pays homage to Mademoiselle Chanel's creed that "the most beautiful things are the simplest".
The Fragrance and Beauty boutique comprises three contiguous experiential spaces: the first Espace Parfums in Southeast Asia, a make-up and a skincare area. The Espace Parfums is a true olfactory haven, where the client can indulge in the luxury of a private consultation devoted to fragrance. The make-up section is set up like a workshop, featuring a row of mirrors with five illumination intensities mimicking different environments. The “confidential” skincare area, partially hidden from view ensures a modicum of privacy. Finally, the Watch and Fine Jewellery Boutique is inspired by the major places in Gabrielle Chanel's life, a rich palette of blacks, beiges and golds to evoke the intimacy of a private residence.
www.chanel.com Fashion Boutique Takashimaya Shopping Centre 391 Orchard Road #01-25/26/27 Tel: 6733 5120 Fragrance And Beauty Boutique The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands 2 Bayfront Avenue #B1-34 Tel; 6634 7280 Watch And Fine Jewellery Boutique Takashimaya Shopping Centre 391 Orchard Road #01-04 Tel: 6836 7588
Thanks to its creations in silver, Christofle is a symbol of luxury and elegance.
Since its founding in the mid-19th century, it has been a continuous innovative force and has infused each era with a new art of living. Thus, over time, Christofle has revolutionised styles, techniques, and methods for the production and distribution of silver plate and the decorative arts. A player in and privileged witness to the evolution of taste, customs, and traditions, Christofle has always seen its name associated with major creative trends, renowned artists, such as Man Ray or Jean Cocteau, avant-garde architects, such as Gio Ponti, and modernist silversmiths, such as Lino Sabattini and Christian Fjerdingstad, as well as present-day designers, such as Andrée Putman, Martin Szekely, Marcel Wanders and Ora Ïto. Its classic and Avant-garde designs have consistently been at the heart of each period’s artistic trends.
Recognised throughout the world as a luxury tableware brand, Christofle proposes exclusive creations in hollowware and flatware as well as in porcelain, crystal, jewelry and personal accessories. Today, Christofle continues to present Haute Orfèvrerie in its exclusive silver pieces and also provide a way of personalization such as engraving services. As in the past, whether gracing the tables of emperors, princes, or maharajas, in palaces, on board the Trans-Siberian Railway, Orient Express, or transatlantic ocean liners, or in contemporary restaurants, Christofle continues to make an impression.
www.christofle.com Christofle Boutique Hilton Shopping Gallery 581 Orchard Road #02-11/12 Tel: 6733 7257 Takashimaya Department Store Branded Tableware Zone 391 Orchard Road B1 Tel: 6737 8710
The magic name made up of god and gold, Dior symbolises the ultimate in high fashion, luxury, elegance and refinement.
On February 12th 1947, 30 avenue Montaigne became an emblematic address for the entire world as Monsieur Dior presented his first collection. The collection, quickly termed “The New Look” was his claim to fame as he broke away from the traditional silhouette and replaced it with the famous bar jacket and large skirts. Introduced just shortly after World War II, it was revolutionary for its time and, while it shocked some, it was adored by many. His first collection radically changed the codes of elegance all over the world. Monsieur Dior continued to stun and inspire the world with his elegant designs for the next 10 years until his death in 1957.
2012, has brought the house to the next level of excitement. Dior has always been popular with the Hollywood jet set, glamorous stars and the world’s most stylist women, including Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Madonna, the Duchess of Windsor, and the late Princess Diana. Today, Christian Dior boutiques are located in the most prestigious retail properties of the world. They offer current season collections of women’s ready-towear, menswear, accessories, handbags, shoes, jewellery and watches.
Following the legacy of its founder, Raf Simons, who was appointed as Artistic Director in 23
www.dior.com ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn #01-22 & #02-13 Tel: 6509 8828 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands 2 Bayfront Avenue #B1-26/27/28 Tel: 6688 7188 Takashimaya Shopping Centre Ngee Ann City 391 Orchard Road #01-07/08 Tel: 6734 2388
Six Generations of Craftsmen. For over 175 years, Hermès has been creating, inventing and innovating.
Founded in 1837, the House of Hermès began as a maker of harnesses and saddles, with a passion for perfection. Six generations of enterprising artisans have expanded into different crafts, conquering new markets with the house growing by remaining creatively loyal to the values of its founders. Respectful of the past and enthusiastic about the future, they passed on the reverence for beautiful materials, the love of craftsmanship made to last, and the verve to keep on making it new.
International in scope, Hermès continues to grow while remaining a family firm with a uniquely creative spirit that blends precision manufacturing with traditional craftsmanship. Discover the world of Hermès at four unique locations in Singapore.
www.hermes.com Liat Towers 541 Orchard Road #01-02A Tel: 6738 9807 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands 2 Bayfront Avenue #B1-41 Tel: 6688 7111 Takashimaya Department Store 391 Orchard Road L1 & L2 Tel: 6735 5228 Scotts Square 6 Scotts Road #01-12-13 Tel: 6636 1181
Today, Hermès demonstrates its creativity in a range of different métiers: Leather Goods, Men’s and Women’s Ready-to-Wear, Footwear, Belts, Gloves, Hats, Silks and Textiles, Jewellery, Watches, Perfumes, Furniture, Furnishing Fabrics, Wallpaper, Tableware and Petit h. 25
The world of Louis Vuittonâ€™s savoir-faire opens doors to journeys through a world of luxury, inventiveness and excellence.
Founded in 1854, Louis Vuitton is synonymous with the art of travel. What started as a family business and expanded internationally is now the symbol throughout the world, of an art de vivre of elegance and refinement. Timeless and prestigious, Louis Vuitton has constantly evolved and adapted to become a global brand, the world leader in luxury. Louis Vuitton is a very special blend of tradition and innovation, craftsmanship and creativity, history and modernity. It is this that has ensured that, over 150 years, from the invention of icons such as the Made-To-Order (MTO) Trunks and the Keepall, to its launch as a fashion label, Louis Vuitton has never ceased to be ahead of its time
in its past. The spirit of travel, the sense of adventure, the enriching influence of art and culture are still the essence of Louis Vuitton, its creativity and its quest for excellence. A dream. An Icon. A masterpiece. Each Louis Vuitton product is the embodiment of uncompromising quality and exceptional craftsmanship. From the famous Monogram pattern to the astonishing Louis Vuitton diamond cut, the Maison continues to enchant the world with its unique creations since 1854.
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www.louisvuitton.com Louis Vuitton Tel: 6788 3888 Marina Bay Sands Crystal Pavilion North 2 Bayfront Avenue #B1-38 Ngee Ann City 391 Orchard Road #01-20 ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn #01-23 DFS Galleria Singapore 25 Scotts Road L3 Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade 328 North Bridge Road #01-16
MALMAISON BY THE HOUR GLASS
Malmaison by The Hour Glass celebrates artistry and craftsmanship and is the first residence-inspired luxury boutique in Singapore. In 2011, The Hour Glass broke new ground with the opening of Malmaison. Spanning over 740m2, this multi-category emporium is a sanctuary for objects of authentic luxury housed in an elegant yet eclectic setting. Besides the finest of haute horology, a wide spectrum of refined objets d’art, jewellery, fragrances, collectible literature and bespoke services for the sartorially inclined make up the backbone of the exceptional Malmaison experience. Malmaison by The Hour Glass has won several Singapore Tourism Board awards since its opening including “Best Retail Concept of the Year”, “Best Shopping Experience” and “Most Innovative Retail Concept of the Year”. Prestigious French brands presented at Malmaison include Pierre Corthay, Frédéric Malle, Cire Trudon, and Aurélie Bidermann.
Pierre Corthay is arguably France's most talented shoemaker, recipient of the prestigious Maître d’art lifetime title by the French government. He creates shoes that are bold and innovative. Frédéric Malle is the grandson of Serge Heftler Louiche, founder of Parfums Christian Dior, and his perfumes are full-fledged works of art limited only by the imagination of their composers. The oldest and most prestigious wax maker in France since 1643, Cire Trudon was royal wax supplier through the ages, from Louis XIII‘s reign to Napolean’s Empire. Trained in gemmology and with a Masters in art history, French jewellery designer Aurélie Bidermann is renowned for her exquisite craftsmanship and unusual collections of jewellery.
www.thehourglass.com Malmaison by The Hour Glass 270 Orchard Road #01-01 Knightsbridge Tel: 6884 8484 Open daily from 11:45am to 8pm
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Wigs were introduced in the 17th century, when King Louis XIII of France, who had let his own hair grow long, began to bald prematurely at the age of 23.
French manicure was created in the United States in 1975 to evoque French elegance.
The word perfume comes from the Latin word perfume, or “through smoke.” This refers to the earliest perfumes, which were incense-based and made from spices and herbs such as coriander.
From the 17th century and throughout the 18th century, both men and women in France wore conspicuous cosmetics. Class differenciation was more important than gender differenciation and cosmetics marked one as aristocratic and à la mode. Make-up was adopted by those hoping to rise in social status and to become fashionable. Also, makeup was not intended to look natural and was, in fact, called “paint.”
Perfumed gloves were highly fashionable during the 16th century.
What exactly is ‘French beauty’? Blogger and writer Renee Lorentzen shares her thoughts on the topic as well as tips on starting your beauty journey. When I think of French Beauty, I think prestige, luxury and most of all, effortless glamour. Pick up any beauty product made in France and you will find a simple, uncomplicated yet beautifully designed product. Likewise, French women possess this in their beauty regime: they look groomed and polished, yet not overly done up; they do not hide behind makeup, nor are they outrageous with their hairstyles. They simply enhance what they were born with. This French Women beauty philosophy of "you, only better" is something I personally live by. The French woman doesn't spend a lot of time on makeup because she knows that the foundation – the skin – is a better investment. A deep cleanser is the first and most important skincare product to invest in – this will remove all makeup, oil, and debris that accumulate on your face throughout the day. It will also cleanse your skin, resulting in a smooth, flawless complexion. Afterward, a simple, no-fuss moisturiser is best, and one with SPF 15 (minimum) is vital for the day to protect from sun damage. For make-up, the French woman only needs a little bit of tinted moisturiser, mascara, brown eye shadow, a light pink blush and a lip balm is all that is needed for a simple, fresh look. There is no hiding behind your makeup, nor your hair. A simple, mid-length bob haircut is popular with French women because it's one of the hairstyles that suits women of all ages and face shapes and is universally flattering. One cannot think French beauty and not also think of all the incredible perfumes born in Grasse, a region in France known for its perfumery. A fragrance tells stories and secrets. With one whiff of your fragrance, someone can already tell your personality – or better, fall in love. The following pages will give you a guide to the products, brands and services that all convey the French beauty philosophy. These French beauty brands are not only the top of the beauty game in France, but the world too. Experiment with them all and remember that the goal is to enhance your natural beauty – c'est chic!
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Beauty by Nature is a multi-brand beauty concept store that offers luxurious French botanical based hair, beauty and body care products. Beauty by Nature is a multi-brand beauty concept store that marries the medicinal benefits of botanical extracts from the plant kingdom and the technology of modern science, to offer the best efficiency and the gentlest formulations.
Taking over the brand in 1989, Aliza Jabès revived a pioneering cosmetologic concept combining nature, health and beauty. This concept has brought about great therapeutic and medicinal discoveries that make Nuxe what it is today.
It carries international beauty brands such as Le Petit Olivier, Lierac, Nuxe and Phyto, among others.
French physician and aesthetic disorders specialist Dr. Léon Cariel founded Lierac in 1975. The skincare brand delves in active phytocosmetics, the formulation of cosmetic products with plantderived molecules whose effectiveness, active properties and safety have been well proven. It collaborates closely with major research centres such as CNRS (The French National Centre for Scientific Research) and prestigious French hospitals and schools of pharmacy.
Parkway Parade 80 Marine Parade Road B1-75/76 Tel: 6345 3850
Created in 1969 by Patrick Ales, Phyto’s philosophy is to use the best plant ingredients to create healthy scalp and beautiful hair. Its award-winning formulas are developed by doctors, pharmacists, biochemists and botanists in their own Phytosolba Laboratories. Nuxe was founded in 1957 by a pharmacist with a fascination for phytotherapy and aromatherapy.
VivoCity 1 HarbourFront Walk #01-06/07 Tel: 6376 9980 ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn B3-49/50 Tel: 6884 5182
Biotherm represents 60 years of unparalleled aquatic skincare solutions. A pioneer of skincare since 1952 and inspired by the power of the earth's living waters, Biotherm develops advanced skincare solutions. The story of Biotherm began in 1952 when a young visionary biologist, Jeannine Marissal, formulated a trio of products based on an unusual ingredient: thermal plankton. With an ability to soothe, regenerate and protect the skin, this life-nurturing ingredient known as Life Plankton™ has formed the heart of Biotherm’s skincare expertise for more than 60 years. In 2011, Biotherm expanded its search to the world’s living waters to uncover other exceptional aquatic ingredients that share unique biological characteristics and affinity with the skin. This powerful affinity makes them ideal active ingredients to help men and women achieve healthy skin.
ly in its iconic Aquasource Gel moisturiser launched in 1985 and still sold every seven seconds around the world. Biotherm was also the first brand to develop a skincare line exclusively for men in 1985, which, today, is the number one men’s skincare brand worldwide*. Biotherm is devoted to keeping and restoring the natural glow of skin, while respecting its biology, through simple, healthy, and natural aquatic skincare solutions for men and women. *
Euromonitor 2011 – selective market – 2010 period
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www.biothermsg.com Biotherm.Singapore Biotherm Homme boutique ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn #B3-47 Tel: 6509 1507 TANGS Tangs Beauty 310 Orchard Road Tel: 6737 1791
“Taking time for a facial or body treatment is not a luxury but a necessity in today’s world. Nowadays, feeling good starts by taking care of yourself,” Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins, Managing Director. Founder of Clarins, Jacques Courtin-Clarins opened the first Clarins Institute in Paris in 1954 offering face and body treatments. Since then, Clarins has continued to improve and enhance existing treatments, offering new and more effective treatments thanks to constant research, listening to women and men around the world and carrying out scientific tests to measure the effectiveness of our treatments.
tant observation of the physiology and anatomy of the skin and communication with women across the world, Clarins is able to continually improve product formulas and constantly update treatment techniques. Clarins Skin Spa offers “me time,” and the experience of the perfect harmony and balance of the body and mind for a total feeling of well-being, looking, and feeling renewed.
Clarins Skin Spa is a unique place where plant science meets the touch of the hand, the promise of a sensory experience unlike any other. Here, exclusive ClarinsPRO Professional Formulas are allied to 100% manual application techniques that are as precise as they are perfect. Beauty Therapists hold the power of touch to tone, relax, firm, contour and rejuvenate the skin. Thanks to its cons39
www.clarins.com Clarins Robinsons JEM 50 Jurong Gateway Road #01-07 Tel: 6339 1528 Robinsons Orchard 260 Orchard Road #01-00 Tel: 6235 8046 Robinsons Raffles City 250 North Bridge Road #01-01 Tel: 6337 3790 Wheelock Place 501 Orchard Road #05-05/06/07 Tel: 6838 5060
Essential oils essential to beauty.
For more than 30 years, Decléor has maintained a close alliance with the kingdom of plants, a relationship that stems from the wisdom of the ancient world and traditional pharmacy. Research scientists at Decléor have applied modern investigative techniques to the study of essential oils and have mastered their many benefits transforming the science of aromatherapy into a true work of art: Aroma Skincare. In selecting aromatic plants, Decléor has developed a unique skill in the formulation of its 100% natural Aromessence for face and body. It does so with infinite care and insisting upon essential oils of the finest quality
care concept, known as the “Aroma Duo Concept”. By combining the powers of aromatherapy with the benefits of phytotherapy, Decléor has harnessed the best of the botanical world to help women rediscover a complexion that is radiant with health. Decléor offers a triple guarantee to certify its standards of excellence: plant quality, high-tech distillation process and purity of essential oils. The combined expertise accumulated by the Decléor research team is employed to practise the art of blending appropriate amounts of different essential oils in order to obtain a precise effect.
Widely acclaimed by beauty professionals over the world, Decléor has created an original skin41
www.decleor.com Decléor Decléor Institut SEVIIN at TANGS 310/320 Orchard Road L7 Tel: 6738 0200 Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade 328 North Bridge Road #02-26 Tel: 6334 0833
Escentials is a multi-brand beauty retailer bringing together niche and classic brands, specially curated from around the world.
Breaking away from conventional beauty stores, Escentials brings together over 30 international brands housed in a unique retail space conceived around the theme of home.
Escentials offers an interactive fragrance profiling session for individuals to discover their signature fragrance and they receive a sampling kit after the session.
Its Paragon boutique is inspired by a chic Parisian home and the shop-in-shop in Tangs embodies the elegance of 1920’s Shanghai Art Décor.
Carefully curated from around the world, cult favourite Annick Goutal transforms emotions into fragrances while By Terry’s vibrant and sensual shades are enhanced with unprecedented textures. Legendary French perfumer and maker of luxury scented candles and home fragrances, diptyque houses the brand’s bestselling Baies candle and Eau Rose fragrance.
Escentials offers a unique selection of exceptional products, specially curated from contemporary and classic brands, and it provides unparalleled personalised beauty services. A treasure trove of cult brands, Escentials is the beauty destination for shoppers looking for the latest in beauty.
www.escentials.com.sg escentials.sg Paragon Shopping Centre 290 Orchard Road #03-02/05 Tel: 6737 2478 TANGS Tangs Beauty 310 Orchard Road L1 Tel: 6734 2122
Since its foundation in 1828, Guerlain has been creating mythical products that foster luxury and elegance with incomparable sensuality and audacity. Stepping inside the world of Maison Guerlain is to cross the threshold where respect for tradition and a sense of innovation join together to offer the most beautiful creations. For nearly two centuries and five generations, Guerlain perfumers have cultivated a unique expertise to create exquisite perfumes, make-up, and skincare creams dedicated to beauty.
matique lipstick, among many others. Joining Guerlain in 2000 as creative director, Olivier Echaudemaison imagines make-up as a game of seduction that should reveal the beauty of a woman while reflecting her personality. Guerlain’s skin care embodies the union of nature’s most precious materials and science, reflecting a woman’s resplendence.
www.guerlain.com Guerlain Guerlain Boutique TANGS Tangs Beauty 310 Orchard Road L1 Tel: 6733 3270 Cosmetics Department Ngee Ann City Takashimaya Department Store 391 Orchard Road L1 Tel: 6735 1979 ION Orchard Sephora 2 Orchard Turn #01-05/06 Tel: 6509 8255
Starting with the first modern perfume, the beloved Jicky, Guerlain’s olfactory creations have been specially crafted by the Maison’s “noses” for the past 180 years. Since 2008, Thierry Wasser has been the perfumer of Guerlain. Through make-up, Guerlain has invented beauty rituals and gestures such as the mythical Terracotta, Météorites, Rouge Auto45
Lancôme offers beauty and elegance to the world.
Founded in 1935 by Armand Petitjean, visionary and lover of French elegance and women, Lancôme is the brand of women with that je ne sais quoi. Lancôme is a pioneering brand, and a visionary, ahead of its time. With a successful 78-year history to its name, the brand has become the number one brand in the selective women’s cosmetics market by offering unique and complementary skin care, makeup, and perfumes in more than 130 countries. Lancôme keeps writing the future of cosmetics from Advanced Génifique to Visionnaire, L’Absolu Rouge to Teint Miracle, and Trésor to La vie est belle. These solutions successfully combine scientific expertise and an intuitive understanding of women’s needs.
First sessions at Lancôme counters are private sessions with Lancôme Skincare Experts who conduct in-depth skin consultation to recommend the most suitable skin care routine. After this skin care discovery, the Lancôme Makeup Expert may recommend a flash makeover for a complete beauty experience, making use of Lancôme’s iconic foundations and mascaras. Complementing skin care and make-up collections, Lancôme offers a comprehensive choice of refreshing fragrances with subtle scents to suit every woman’s personality. Women come to Lancôme to be more beautiful and they leave happier.
www.lancome.com.sg Lancôme Lancôme counters All major department stores Lancôme Beauty Institute Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore 392 Havelock Road L3 Tel: 6737 6778 Lancôme Beauty Institute The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands 2 Bayfront Avenue B2-40 Tel: 6688 7699
Using a L'OCCITANE product is always a moment of well-being and sensory delight.
L’OCCITANE’s story begins in Provence in 1976. With nothing but an alembic, a small truck and a solid knowledge of plants, Olivier Baussan, aged 23, distils rosemary essential oil to sell at local markets of Provence. Hence, the L’OCCITANE journey begins. Since its founding, L'OCCITANE has offered high quality beauty products and fragrances, developed following the principles of phytotherapy and aromatherapy. Drawing inspiration from Mediterranean cultures, Olivier Baussan developed textures and fragrances that were natural and authentic, effective and deliciously appealing.
beautiful. These ingredients are used at an ideal concentration in the formulas. Priority is systematically given to natural ingredients whenever possible.
L'OCCITANE has nurtured simple values from the very beginning: authenticity, respect and “sensoriality”. This, more than a philosophy, is a commitment that, over the years, has influenced many of important decisions. It has guided L’OCCITANE’s actions and choices along a twofold desire to preserve and to pass on. This is what gives the brand its life force, its meaning and its purpose.
Suntec City 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-319 Tel: 6338 6682
Plaza Singapura 68 Orchard Road #01-65 Tel: 6338 0378
Ngee Ann City 391 Orchard Road B1-33A Tel: 6737 7800 Paragon 290 Orchard Road B1-24 Tel: 6836 5338 VivoCity 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-10 Tel: 6270 8636 ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn B2-33 Tel: 6509 9068
The brand uses over 200 botanical ingredients, a quarter of them organic certified, which are carefully selected for their effectiveness and their ability to give skin the elements it needs to be 49
“I have created the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academies around the world as I feel it is my mission to transmit my passion for make-up, the art of transformation!” Dany Sanz, Creator and Artistic Director of MAKE UP FOR EVER Founded in 1984 in Paris, MAKE UP FOR EVER is the story of Dany Sanz, a painter and sculptor turned make-up artist and make-up creator. Working with other professionals from the very beginning, Sanz aimed to meet their specific artistic needs with highly effective products and a wide range of colours. Sanz also fulfilled the needs of make-up artists in theatre productions, TV and cinema. With consumers, she shared her knowledge of artistry and pioneered the groundbreaking launch of HD High Definition make-up. After the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy Paris launch, satellite Academies followed in many other capital cities, including Singapore in 2005. Trainers at the Academy are trained and certified by Dany Sanz herself. Customised courses cater to the specific needs of students locally
and across Southeast Asia. Courses range from Beauty, Fashion, Photography to Special Effects and Airbrush, offering different styles of make-up on various levels, allowing students to enter the professional world of make-up. MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy Singapore shares Sanz’s mission to equip students with technical skills, encouraging them to push their creative boundaries and helping them become accomplished make-up artists. It aims to become Southeast Asia’s regional education hub, elevating the skills of professional make-up artists, advancing the craft of make-up, and keeping up with industry trends and product developments. Beyond professional courses, the Academy also offers corporate and grooming workshops.
www.makeupforever.com.sg MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy Singapore 36 & 38 Armenian Street #01-06, #02-06 Tel: 6333 0678
Enhancing beauty with technology and touch.
Payot was created by Nadia Gregoria-Payot who became one of the first female doctors in 1913. Upon discovering beauty salons in New York in 1917, Dr Payot decided to devote herself to women’s beauty. She then met someone who would change her life: the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. The discrepancy between the youthfulness of the dancer’s body and the marks of tiredness on her face led her to create not only skin care products but also facial gymnastics and a specific application method for consumers at home. In 1925, Dr Payot opened her first beauty institute on rue Richepanse in Paris. She trained future beauty therapists and lavished her valuable advice on them in the areas of facial exercises and beauty products.
Yet another period began in 1947 when Dr Payot created the first beauty treatment school. She became a pioneer in the service of women’s beauty and well-being with the extremely avant-garde Medi-spa approach. Dr Payot’s medical approach always focused on developing comfortable, safe and gentle formulas by selecting the best ingredients and by using the appropriate massage techniques. Herbs, plants and minerals are the focus of research at Payot Laboratories. The top spas in the world place their trust in Payot: the brand is present in 7,000 points of sale in 50 countries.
www.payot.com Payot Singapore Decléor Institut SEVIIN at TANGS 310 Orchard Road L7 Tel: 6738 0200
“Beautiful hair grows on a healthy scalp, like a plant in fertile soil,” René Furterer, 1957.
A visit to Refind Institute is a multi-sensory experience. All services are based on the René Furterer philosophy, that scalp health is the pre-requisite for beautiful hair. Services feature exquisite and highly effective René Furterer products, including plant-based ingredients such as essential oils and other natural active ingredients. The Refind Institute offers accurate, professional diagnoses for hair and scalp health using state-of-theart equipment, and proposes adapted rituals or treatments to foster good hair and scalp health.
René Furterer also recommends its Spa Rituals, each one focusing on a specific natural and efficient ingredient. These Rituals include the Hydrating Ritual, Energizing Ritual, Oxygenating Ritual, Radiance Enhancing Ritual and the Relaxing Ritual. The following results-oriented programmes are also available: the Intensive or Reactional Hair Loss Treatment and the Anti-aging Treatment. Expert salon services such as cutting and colouring are also available.
The René Furterer philosophy advocates indulging in an Intense Weekly Threestep Treatment for hair once a week. The remaining days of the week can be dedicated to Express Treatments for regular maintenance of beautiful, healthy hair.
www.renefurterer.com Refind Hair Rejuvenation Spa Salon OG Orchard Point 160 Orchard Road L2 Tel: 6836 5866 / 6737 3182
At Sephora, beauty is alive and celebrated without ever imposing dictates.
Founded in France by Dominique Mandonnaud in 1969 who envisioned creating a luxury and mass-market brand, Sephora quickly developed a reputation as an authority in beauty. Focusing the beauty shopping experience on self-service, Mandonnaud created an environment that offers the best of beauty and makes it accessible for all.
Today, Sephora is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading luxury goods group. Highly regarded as a beauty trailblazer, Sephora’s unparalleled assortment of prestige products, unbiased service and interactive shopping environment have created a cult following.
www.sephora-sea.com SEPHORA SINGAPORE ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn #01-05/06 Tel: 6509 8255 Ngee Ann City 391 Orchard Road #B1-05/06 Tel: 6836 5623 Great World City 1 Kim Seng Promenade #01-59/60 Tel: 6235 1290 VivoCity 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-178 Tel: 6376 9636
With a cutting-edge retail model that dramatically changed the way customers shopped, it was regarded as a beauty mecca with its large open floor for customers to roam, touch and feel all products.
Suntec City 11 Temasek Boulevard #01-1012/1013/1014/1017 Tel: 6337 1534 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands 2 Bayfront Ave #B2-31/32/33/34 Tel: 6688 7713
More than a brand, Sephora is also a feeling conveyed through a torrent of colours, quality and simplicity as well as pro tips, tricks, technology and educative tutorials.
Bugis+ 201 Victoria Street #02/06/07/08/09 Tel: 6341 9386
Beauty according to Yves Saint Laurent is always linked to a presence, a beating heart, the absolute power of seduction.
â€œI needed to give a face to the woman I dress,â€? Yves Saint Laurent. 1978 was the year Yves Saint Laurent stepped into the world of beauty with his make-up collection: signature gold cases and colours with incredible pigments for the ultimate woman, a woman who brushes taboos aside, who is capable of inventing her life in colours that match the full spectrum of her feelings.
Laurent beauty. It was classicism feeding on extravagance with Paris the city of light as its capital. A made-to-measure manifesto. The dream continues today, the emblem of a hallmark brand shining brightly across the world under the banners of Paris, subversion and love.
www.yslexperience.com/en-SG Yves Saint Laurent Fragrances & Beauty ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn #B2-34 Tel: 6509 7423 TANGS Tangs Beauty 310 Orchard Rd L1 Tel: 6235 9206 Ngee Ann City Takashimaya Department Store 391 Orchard Road L1 Tel: 6736 4181
It was the extension of an epic fashion story that began in 1961 with the founding of the Yves Saint Laurent house of fashion, a house whose olfactive hallmarks were its fragrances like Y in 1964 and Saint Laurent Rive Gauche in 1968, magnified in 1977 by Opium. Adorning and enhancing strong personalities: the unfolding of a style, the reflection of an attitude, a bearing, a trail, of Yves Saint 59
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France’s first department store was Le Bon Marché in Paris, founded by Aristide Boucicaut in 1838.
Although jewels nowadays are more commonly worn by women, it is men who first started to wear them, as indicators of their status in society and to denote victory in battles.
Around the 16th century, ladies started exchanging fashion dolls known as Parisiennes: these dressed-up figurines were used to display clothing samples being considered by the royal court. By the 1800s, women far from Paris were ordering French fashion dolls to be sent by mail so that local tailors and dressmakers could re-create royal clothing styles.
Founded by journalist Jean Donneau de Visé in 1672, the Mercure galant was the first gazette to report on the fashion world. It played a pivotal role in the dissemination of news about fashion, luxury goods, etiquette and court life under Louis XIV to the provinces and abroad.
Why do French women always look so fabulously stylish? Sharon Lim, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Singapore, explores the essence of French chic. Think of French chic, and some of the greatest fashion designers come to mind: Coco Chanel, of course, in her little black dress or tweed pantsuit with strings of pearls; Dior’s post-war New Look silhouette with the strong shoulders, wasp waist and full skirts; and, of course, Yves Saint Laurent’s assertive Le Smoking tuxedo, menswear adapted for a woman’s curves. That these by-now classic styles are updated every fashion season by fashion houses all over the world is a testament to how powerful French chic is — which, by the way, actually refers to Parisian chic. Paris, after all, is one of the world’s fashion capitals. But what is French chic, exactly? We invariably bring up je ne sais quoi, and how true: the phrase means “I don’t know what” in French. French chic is understated style, it’s elegance with a large dose of nonchalance, and it’s bold but never flamboyant — not even with a leopard print. Especially not with a leopard print! “Parisian style has turned into a myth,” says French journalist and personal stylist Isabelle Thomas, co-author of Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic (Abrams) with photographer Frédérique Veysset. “It is not as stereotyped as people think. Fashion is indeed at the core of French culture, but we don’t always go out on the streets wearing a beret or a pair of cigarette pants like a Saint Laurent model. And we don’t all have the right figure for it!” French style, adds Thomas, is about personal style rather than slavishly following trends: “It’s all about being in sync with oneself.” This is achieved through playing with timeless pieces, the crux of any chic French woman’s wardrobe, mixed with unexpected accessories. Last but not least, French chic is all about looking naturelle. From Inès de la Fressange to Carine Roitfeld, there’s something slightly “undone” about the stylish French woman: She is not perfectly put together (even if she took ages to get ready). The difference between naturelle nonchalance and sloppiness? Practice, practice, practice. Intimidated? Don’t be. Ultimately, dressing up — or down — should be fun. The French just do it more fabulously.
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Anne Fontaine’s keen awareness of the art of the craftsman is reflected in all her collections including the Précieuses line.
Anne Fontaine discovered the treasures, the riches and the draw of the lush Amazon rainforest as a girl growing up in Rio de Janeiro. Her true bond and deep connection with the Amazon has stayed with her ever since. She embarked upon designing and creating a world revolving around the white shirt. The Anne Fontaine Fashion House was born. Since 1993, Anne Fontaine creations are sold in 70 boutiques across the globe and are distributed to several hundred multi-brand outlets. Over the years, she has made the white shirt into a wardrobe essential for every woman.
accessories line. The creations of the Précieuses line are unique pieces, crafted by the finest French and Italian artisans who are chosen for their technical know-how and expertise. Keenly aware of the art of the craftsman, Anne has made it a point of honour to support local French skills and expertise passed down through the generations. Ever committed to the environmental cause, Anne also created the Anne Fontaine Foundation in 2011, with its ambition to protect the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest.
Today, the Anne Fontaine House has grown into a comprehensive brand, offering a complete wardrobe with the shirt as the centrepiece, as well as developing an 65
www.annefontaine.com Scotts Square 6 Scotts Road #01-01/02 Tel: 6636 1954 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands 2 Bayfront Avenue #01-25 Tel: 6688 7085
Cache Cache has made itself a worldwide leader in women’s ready-to-wear fashion.
A fascination with fashion, a spirit of exploration and the satisfaction of its customers are the three pillars of Cache Cache’s singular story. Since the first Singapore opening in 2009, Cache Cache has become one of the most popular fashion choices amongst young women here. Cache Cache (hide-and-seek in French) has been the historical brand of the Beaumanoir Group since 1985. Since going global in 2005, it has established a true bond with women all over the world thanks to more than 1,350 stores including more than 510 in France.
Cache Cache’s fashion stands out and reveals certain inclinations that make all the difference: fashion alternatives for every time of the day, a feminine, exuberant feeling, accessories with original details, affordable pieces that can be mixed and matched easily, basics available at all time and inspiration drawn from the latest trends in fashion, art, culture and travel. With Cache Cache, fashion becomes a game: the original and the multi faceted brand caters to every mood and becomes a source of inspiration.
www.cache-cache.com Cache Cache Singapore Marina Square 6 Raffles Boulevard 02-302/303 Tel: 6339 8345 The Clementi Mall 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West #03-56/57/58 Tel: 6659 1758 Changi City Point 5 Changi Business Park Central 1 #01-07 Tel: 6737 9655 JCube 2 Jurong East Central 1 #01-22/23 Tel: 6684 5404 Bedok Mall 311 New Upper Changi Rd #01-65/66
Cache Cache creates fashion devoted to women, fashion that understands and allows them to reinvent themselves every day according to their moods and desires. 67
A powerful international brand name to trendy fashion for urban males.
Founded in 1985 in Paris-France, celio* has become the essential brand in menâ€™s ready-to-wear and the leader in its market. Today, the international brand has more than 1,000 stores in over 60 countries, located in prominent cities like Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Dubai, Mumbai, Taipei, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore and more. The brandâ€™s 80-strong design team travels regularly to fashion capitals worldwide to seek inspiration and the result is a brand that decodes trends to offer men a masculine, accessible and stylish fashion.
outlook, a generous nature and service. celio* is a brand that knows men inside out. The celio* man needs a variety of styles for different moments in his life. Whether it is at home, at work or when he goes out, he likes to have choices. Dressed in the current trends but not in a showy way, he feels credible and confident. The celio* store, entirely dedicated to masculinity, proudly displays the colours of the brand and features marked sections, and varied product displays.
www.celio.com CelioSingapore Bugis+ 201 Victoria Street #01-05 Tel: 6509 0841 CityLink Mall 1 Raffles Link #B1-47 Tel: 6341 9026 Jem 50 Jurong Gateway Road #02-10 Tel: 6339 4428 Plaza Singapura 68 Orchard Road #03-41 Tel: 6336 0144 Suntec City 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-327 Tel: 6337 9498 Takashimaya Shopping Centre 391 Orchard Road #B2-36A Tel: 6887 4795
The brand attributes its success to its five core values that are represented by the five-pointed star logo, which resembles an asterisk. These values are masculinity, attractiveness, an open 69
A tender way to grow, from one month to 14 years, with timeless refined garments.
The inspiration behind Château de Sable is the French designer, Stéphanie Lemaire, whose firm belief that "children should look like children" inspires and drives her designs. Her exciting and stylish collections are inspired by the “innocence and vitality of children at play.” Freshly arrived in Singapore in 2000 with her husband and first child, she felt confronted with a lack of choice for dressing her little girl with quality and original garments. Thanks to her previous fashion experience in ready-towear French companies, she saw the opportunity to cater mothers’ needs for fashionable and valuable children clothes in Singapore.
with a touch of modern vibrancy, making Château de Sable an exclusive designer children's label. Château de Sable’s French, designer baby and children's clothes are made from the highest quality, carefully selected fabrics. The fine attention to detail shown by Château de Sable is evident in the exquisite finish of each piece, from the soft linings to the thoughtful detailed trimmings. Château de Sable includes tasteful “head-to-toe” collections for everyday wear and elegant designs for special occasions.
In 2002, she created Château de Sable and presented her first toddler collection. Since then, her styling has always been a unique blend of chic, timeless designs 71
www.chateaudesable.com ChateaudeS Great World City #03-18 Tel: 6836 6680 Paragon Shopping Centre #05-35A Tel: 6836 1445 Parkway Parade #02-34C Tel: 6344 6892 Tanglin Mall #02-13 Tel: 6836 9170 VivoCity #02-71 Tel: 6376 9082
Etam embodies the timeless class and sophistication of French craftsmanship coupled with inventive designs that appeal to women of all ages. Created in 1916, Etam quickly made an impact by offering synthetic pantyhose that were perfectly adapted to the lifestyle of women at that time. From the very start and with the opening of its first store in Paris, Etam set out to offer accessible, comfortable, and modern lingerie perfectly suited to the needs of modern and feminine women.
Its signature French prettiness features intricate tailoring and delicate lace, perfect for any mood and occasion.
Fun, spontaneity, authenticity, pleasure and seduction are the values that the brand shares with its customers around the world through beautiful, sensual and sparkling collections.
Wisma Atria 435 Orchard Road #01-31/32 Tel: 6235 2943
Etam is well-loved for its intimate everyday wear, offering uncompromised function and style. Combining traditional French corsetry know-how and French lingerie-making techniques, Etam redefines lingerie with cuttingedge technology such as the patented Magic Up速 oil and water formula within selected padded bras, providing unconventional support and comfort.
Raffles City 252 North Bridge Road #02-08 Tel: 6336 1898
An emblematic children fashion brand that dresses children around the world with timeless French elegance.
Jacadi Paris is a prestigious, elegant and refined contemporary brand that respects family values and places emphasis on staying attuned to the sweet and refreshing moments of childhood. Founded in 1976 in Paris, Jacadi has enjoyed 37 years of undisputed brand followership within the high-end childrenâ€™s fashion industry.
offers children from two to 12 years old a refined style with a modern touch to traditional French style, creating a new contemporary tradition.
Jacadi applies its expertise to the growing child through each stage of development and is present for all of life's moments with subtle savoir-faire and an appropriate offer: Jacadi acquired its legitimacy as a traditional French brand through its birth gifts. With special attention to details, embroidery and soft fabrics, Jacadi offers the finest choice of baby trousseau.
Finally, the Home Collection accompanies the child in daily life through a collection of elegant themes for nursery and charming bedroom furniture. Jacadi shoe and furniture collections are manufactured in Europe according to traditional standards.
In addition, Jacadi puts all its technical and artisanal craftsmanship towards creating shoes that adapt to both everyday moments and special occasions.
With 300 stores and three online shops, the brand's expertise in children's clothing reaches more than 35 countries.
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www.jacadi.com/en Forum The Shopping Mall 583 Orchard Road #02-18 Tel: 6732 8278
In 40 years, Morgan has become an iconic fashion brand both in France and abroad.
In 1968, sisters Jocelyne Bismuth and Odette Barouch set up a small family business in Paris’ Sentier district. Forty years later, the French brand has built up a reputation as a benchmark in the ready-to-wear clothing sector in France and abroad. Its glam advertising campaigns underscoring a strong brand identity have made an impact on the public for decades now and continue to showcase the brand throughout the world.
mind. With evening dresses, fine fitted tops and graphic T-shirts, Morgan is the ideal choice for fashion lovers always on the lookout for the latest trends. The 2013/2014 Autumn-Winter collection is set under the sign of audacity. A blend of masculine and feminine, mixing styles, colours and materials, the new collection is resolutely “fashion” and can be discovered in stores right now.
With creative and trendy collections, the brand appeals to audacious young women, proud of who they are and who value femininity, originality and freedom. Morgan’s philosophy, “Happy is the new chic”, symbolises this spontaneous and uninhibited brand and its customers’ state of 77
www.morgandetoi.com Morgan Singapore VivoCity 1 Harbourfront Walk #01-134 Tel: 6221 5278
Petit Bateau, for everyone and forever.
Established by Pierre Valton in 1893, Petit Bateau is an iconic French children’s fashion brand and a favourite with the young and old alike internationally. Valton famously created the first underpants when he decided to cut off the legs of a pair of long johns that his son was wearing to provide him greater comfort. These underpants were launched in 1918. The name "Petit Bateau" was apparently chosen two years later, when Valton heard his son singing the French nursery rhyme Maman les p'tits bateaux (“Mommy, do the little boats...”).
Indeed, the brand has become a benchmark of multigenerational style for babies, children, men and women around the world. Petit Bateau is a staple for baby wear and a perfect fit for Singapore’s humid climate while the infant collection makes for a special gift for new-borns. Mothers who want something for themselves can also find simple, classic daywear. Petit Bateau has a wide array of fun colours and styles, and it is trendy for all ages.
Now 120 years old, Petit Bateau still upholds its high-quality standards and specific requirements to maintain the softness and comfort so associated with the brand’s heritage and history. 79
www.petit-bateau.sg Petit Bateau Singapore Paragon Shopping Centre 290 Orchard Road #05-37/38 Tel: 6732 0630 Tanglin Mall 163 Tanglin Road #02-31 Tel: 6235 4006 VivoCity 1 Harbourfront Walk #02-37 Tel: 6222 9904
PROMOD offers French easy to wear prêt-à-porter and accessories designed by the company itself.
PROMOD was created in 1975 as a French family boutique dedicated to the sharp design, the production and the retailing of women's ready-to-wear and original accessories. With more than 30 years’ dynamic experience in women's ready-to-wear retailing, PROMOD is one of France's biggest fashion store chains and the brand enjoys huge international success with 1,031 outlets in 55 countries. It appeals to over 225 million visitors per year and employs 6,500 people worldwide.
shion. Its inspiring collection offers a wide range of frequently updated items from timeless seasonal must-haves to more cutting-edge designer-inspired fashion pieces. PROMOD has its own clothes designers that create some 3,000 models a year for all fashion moments. PROMOD renews its collections fortnightly with fashion items women like. Whether online or in stores, everyone can discover themes and colours of the moment for constantly up-todate shopping.
In South-East Asia, PROMOD is already present in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam.
www.promod.com Promod.Singapore Suntec City 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-404/405 Tel: 6337 2855 Paragon 290 Orchard Road #03-15/16 Tel: 6836 6100 Tampines 1 10 Tampines Central 1 #01-01/02 Tel: 6782 8510 ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn #B2-49A Tel: 6509 9277 313@Somerset 313 Orchard Road #B1-20/21/22 Tel: 6834 4813 Marina Square 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-169/172-175 Tel: 6337 1958
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Rosalie Pompon brings together collections from some of the most creative and stylish French fashion labels.
Since its foundation in 2011, Rosalie Pompon has devoted itself to bringing to Singapore some of the trendiest and most elegant European fashion labels, such as ba&sh, Hartford, American Vintage, Tinsels and Majestic. The boutique offers a complete range of premium clothing and accessories for discerning women and men with confident but unassuming tastes. Rosalie Pompon works in close collaboration with the labels it selects, each bringing its own distinctive fashion flair. ba&shâ€™s philosophy revolves around the concept of the â€œideal wardrobeâ€?: everyday pieces in sumptuous fabrics, with the right balance between femininity and sophistication. The spirit of Tinsels shines through the design of casual yet striking lines, focusing on real
life and inspired by popular culture. And Majestic provides classy comfort through basic tees and dresses in the softest cotton and linen. Rosalie Pompon prides itself on its casual and friendly atmosphere and the staff is always happy to assist customers, from designing a completely new wardrobe to simply choosing the perfect gift for a friend. The boutique seeks to provide a unique personal shopping experience. Rosalie Pompon is located in Cluny Court, a heritage colonialera shopping centre nestled in the heart of the Bukit Timah residential area, next to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. There are now plans to open another boutique at a second location in Singapore.
www.rosaliepompon.com Rosalie Pompon Cluny Court 501 Bukit Timah Road #02-11 Tel: 6463 5347
Sinéquanone: the urban Parisian fashion brand for the alluring, modern woman. Since its creation in 1973, the French brand has received a warm welcome all over the world. For 40 years, Sinéquanone has been winning women’s trust with its creative design that identifies and reacts to the latest fashion trends. This driving force is the foundation upon which the company has built its incomparable technical expertise. Synonymous with up-to-date and accessible fashion, Sinequanone designs apparel especially for the real woman, whose clothes echo her alluring and modern attitude toward life. Urban and active, she can be frivolous or avant-garde. She follows fashion, knows every trend, and loves playing with style. For an impeccable look, she can opt for the timeless black-andwhite option, graphic or ethnic prints, stripes or micro-patterns. She can use them as an overall look or in small touches. She may also choose bright and energetic
colours that set her silhouette on fire. Crepes and retro weaves are back in force for fluid silhouettes, while stretch bases and jerseys allow for ergonomic lines.
A strong Parisian presence in shops and well-known department stores makes Sinéquanone a ubiquitous brand. Present in Asia for over 10 years, with over 35 shops and corners, the Sinéquanone label is popular in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, and Tokyo.
Robinsons Raffles City Shopping Centre 252 North Bridge Road #02-05 Tel: 6216 8388
Sinéquanone can also be found in Singapore at Robinsons in Centrepoint, Raffles City and Orchard, where the label offers a selection of outfits adapted to climate, following the most fashionable trends.
Robinsons The Centrepoint 176A Orchard Road #01-02 Tel: 6733 0888
Robinsons Orchard 260 Orchard Road
Small is a new concept store in Singapore specialising in shoes for kids, teens, and adults.
Faced with a somewhat limited choice of shoes in Singapore for their children and for themselves, three French friends Julie, AnneCharlotte and Marika decided to launch their own business. This is how SMALL was born.
She graduated from Esmod – the first fashion school established in France, founded in 1841 – and has since worked for well-established brands in France. A collection of children clothes designed by her was launched in November 2013.
SMALL is a new concept store specialising in shoes for kids, teens as well as adults. It offers a large choice of European brands such as Anniel, Castaner, C'entre Maman et moi, Feiyue, La Botte Guardiane, Louise Deloris, Minnetonka, Sweedish Hasbeens, Natural World, Théluto, Veja etc. SMALL also offers a wide-range of accessories including bags, scarves, and jewellery. SMALL opened its first store in Cluny Court in September 2013. Co-founder Julie has a vast experience in clothes designing. 87
www.small.com.sg Cluny Court 501 Bukit Timah road #02-16 Tel: 9619 0962
The Kooples brings chic back to the streets, dressing couples in fresh vintage looks that showcase British influence on French elegance.
The Kooples was established in 2008 by three French Brothers: Alexandre, Lauren and Raphael Elicha. Alexandre designs menswear, Lauren creates womenswear, and Raphael handles branding and visual identity. The Kooples offers a distinctive approach to traditional tailored menswear, updating the looks into urban, fashion-led clothing for both women and men.
dresses and skirts, embroidered tops, long-sleeved cardigans, ¾length sleeve shirts and smocked button down tops. To create the patterns of suits, shirts and coats, The Kooples selected the bespoke tailor Norton & Sons, one of the most renowned tailors on Savile Row. The Kooples is available at Robinsons Orchard exclusively.
An accessible luxury brand, The Kooples combines perfect cuts, precious fabrics and attention to detail. Rock n’ roll influences – emblems, badges and skull details – give the garments an edge. The men’s collection comprises casual pieces such as slender, black leather coats, short navy jackets and khaki trench coats with discreet military accents. The women’s line features leather 89
www.robinsons.com.sg Robinsons Orchard 260 Orchard Road
Vanessa Bruno believes that living a beautiful life is about style, elegance, discipline, simplicity and generosity.
Vanessa Bruno launched her own brand at the age of 24 in 1996 after a career in modelling and small jobs in Ateliers. Learning alongside Michel Klein and Dorothée Bis in Paris, her inspiration comes from a shared passion with her mother, who was a supermodel in the 60s. Her creations were first sold primarily at Le Bon Marché, Paris’ temple of good taste. Her talent quickly brought her success and she opened her first Parisian boutique in 1998. However, it was in Japan that the brand really took off. Her meteoric rise in popularity was supported by collaborations with popular companies such as La Redoute and landed her a loyal client base that includes Vanessa Paradis and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
native, while the Athé collection is young, petite and free-spirited. Both collections are simple and neat, comfortable and fresh, making sophisticated pieces wearable. Vanessa Bruno also considers the bucket shopping bag an essential accessory. From velvet to soft leather, canvas to linen totes, this bag makes for a minimalist yet chic statement, whether with pastel tones on soft leather or with bold tones on rustic linen. She also updates her strass totes carefully by playing the theme of the soft and bold colour palettes, which boost the mood of different day outfits. The Vanessa Bruno collection is exclusively available at undress.
Vanessa Bruno’s main collection is feminine, elegant, and imagi91
www.vanessabruno.com undress Mandarin Gallery 333 Orchard Road #02-28A Tel: 6737 3440
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The two-piece swimsuit, or "bikini,” was invented in 1946 by two French designers, Jacques Heim and Louis Reard (above). It was first sold in a beach shop in Cannes.
The concept of jean clothing was born in Nîmes in the LanguedocRoussillon region, wherefrom it was imported by Levi Strauss to California to make tough clothes for gold diggers. Barthelemy Thimonnier, a tailor by trade, worked tirelessly his whole life, perfecting his couseuse, the sewing machine. Even though other inventors had been working on the idea, it was Thimonnier's chain-stitching machine that provided the invention’s first practical application.
French seven-time Grand Slam tennis champion René Lacoste designed a white, short-sleeved, loosely-knit piqué cotton shirt with a flat, protruding collar, a buttoned placket, and a longer shirt-tail in back than in front (known today as a "tennis tail"). Thus was born the polo shirt, first worn by Lacoste at the 1926 U.S. Open championship.
A French woman, Herminie Cadolle, invented the modern bra. In the late 19th century, women would come to her lingerie store to be measured and would then have pieces custom-made. Little did she know that her bras would be adopted as and remain a standard piece of women’s undergarments.
The haute couture world of Paris provided the perfect environment for some of the world’s most influential fashion innovations. Tailor Alexis Lavigne invented the couture mannequin, the supple measuring tape, and founded the world’s first fashion school.
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One of the largest art museums in the world, the Louvre Museum was once a royal palace. It opened to the public as a museum during the French Revolution. Before serving a seasoned salad, the leaves should be broken by hand rather than sliced with a knife. This habit comes from the time when silverware was most commonly used and the acidity of the vinegar would tarnish it.
To cheer by banging glasses is a custom born in the Middle Ages, a time when death by poisoning happened frequently. When drinking, Lords would make sure that a little content of their glass spilt in othersâ€™ glasses to show that the drinks were not poisoned.
The jardin Ă la franĂ§aise is a garden fitted out according to rules of proportions and symmetry in which the geometrical forms dominate on the natural elements. This style of garden, wildly popular in the 17th century, is a model of inspiration to gardeners to create a space with harmonious lines.
One should always offer flowers in odd numbers but not 13 as it is considered unlucky.
Singapore, a zone of influence(s) The organisers of MAISON&OBJET, today one of the most important international events for decoration industry professionals, will be launching first edition of MAISON&OBJET ASIA in Singapore from March 10 to 13, 2014. This move was prompted by the free-trade agreement concluded in December 2012 between the European Union and the Singapore government and a number of factors that have contributed to the growth of Singapore’s design scene. In Singapore, never have lifestyle disciplines been so transversal and enriched. In a collective dynamic, everyone brings his culture and background, giving birth to a complete entity far superior to the sum of its parts. Fashion and the Home are intimately linked by a "couture" mood, influencing each other and renewing with the rhythm of the seasons. Design and luxury intertwine to produce pockets of excellence. As for gastronomy, it nourishes and is nourished by unlimited inspirations. Architects, creators, designers, photographers, chefs… a bubbling, creative fusion animates each sensibility. With its “consuming", responsible energy (plus a green attitude adopted in every field), Singapore sees itself as the land of privileged expression.
Philippe Brocart Managing Director Maison&Objet
For over 65 years, Degrenne Paris has been dressing much more than your tables.
With humble beginnings as a school boy made good in a TV advert, the business has scaled new heights from its first steps in Normandy in 1948 and is today internationally renowned for its cutting-edge and classic collections of tableware, glassware and kitchen accessories. With over 600 outlets in France and a growing number around the world, Degrenne Paris brings its dining legacy to the world. The brand has always endeavoured to create friendly, sincere and elegant tableware, bringing the highest quality products that guarantee good times with loved ones.
Degrenne Parisâ€™ creations are an invitation to entertaining friends, hosting a tea party, preparing tasty treats or setting a nice table, with collections that make it easy to set a table in many ways. Over and above aesthetic qualities, Degrenne Paris products combine functionality and innovation. Manufacturer and designer, the hospitality arm of Degrenne Paris has dealings with over 100 luxurious hotels and is the preferred choice of several Michelin star chefs, a mark of quality. In Singapore and in Kuala Lumpur, Degrenne Paris is distributed by Shopping Bag (S) Pte Ltd and available exclusively at iwannagohome!.
All around the world, Degrenne Paris symbolises the value of sharing, friendliness and simplicity in French gastronomy.
Degrenne Paris SEA iwannagohome! Great World City 1 Kim Seng Promenade #01-35/36 Tel: 6737 8858 iwannagohome! Tanglin Mall 163 Tanglin Road #02-19A/20 Tel: 6733 6656
An art gallery showcasing contemporary art and master pieces.
Created in 1993, Galeries Bartoux are at the origin of a movement that changed the world of art: the democratisation of contemporary art. The family Group Galeries Bartoux includes 15 galleries located in France, the United States and Singapore. Galeries Bartoux specialises in contemporary art and favours new artistic currents. They also offer the possibility of rediscovering works stemming from the Surrealist movement (Dali) and the New Realism (Arman), as well as the great masters of the Pop and Street Art movements.
integrate the social and patrimonial value of the arts into the townscape. This support for contemporary creation also fulfils the wish of gallery owners to see new works finding their place in private or public, French or foreign institutions, be they museums or companies. Galeries Bartoux can be found in Singapore, Paris, Cannes, Honfleur, Saint-Paul de Vence, Pommard, Courchevel, Megeve, and New York.
Numerous artists supported by the Galeries Bartoux already have their works in private or public collections and have realised monumental works, in response to requests from local governments and architects looking to 101
www.galeries-bartoux.com Galerie Bartoux Singapore ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn #01-12A/13 Tel: 6634 8806
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House of AnLi Interiors' mission is to bring Singapore a wide selection of Belgian interiors brands and a wide range of French made table ware. Belgian handbag designer AnneJean LiĂŠtaer has converted her black and white house into House of AnLi Interiors, a showroom dedicated to Belgian furniture and French tableware brands. The showroom and shop are located in the historical neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant Road, a perfect setting to display the collections. House of AnLi Interiors offers the finest selection of French table and kitchen knives from Jean Dubost Pradel Colas and Laguiole en Aubrac, both the most famous French cutlery brands around the world. Both brands offering artisanal products, hand made by artisans in France.
tigious wines and spirits brands such as Veuve Clicquot, Martell and Boisset. A wide range of high-end Belgian interior brands such as Flamant PR Interiors, Marieâ€™s Corner and Libeco are featured in the showroom as well. All these items are carefully selected by Anne-Jean herself, who elegantly incorporates world-renowned interior collections with the tropical lifestyle in Singapore.
House of AnLi Interiors also carries Lehmann, a fine brand of wine glasses, which is closely associated with the most pres103
www.houseofanli.com House of AnLi Interiors 18 Mount Pleasant Drive Tel: 6251 0410 / 9732 8099 Open to professional and private buyers from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Lemongrass & Aubergine brings the best of European home dĂŠco designs to enlighten any home.
Nestled in trendy Cluny Court Mall near the Botanic Gardens, Lemongrass & Aubergine holds the best selection of European home decor, with an emphasis on French brands such as Sabre, Tissage-Moutet, Artiga, and Y'a Pas le Feu Au Lac. Lemongrass & Aubergine specialises in home accessories and is also famous for its very popular Pappelina rugs from the brand, for indoor and outdoor use.
and sari. These Singapore-inspired gifts for family, friends and customers boast the quality of French weaving textile. Lemongrass & Aubergine's selections are always evolving and it regularly sources new products to keep the shopping experience fresh and to share its love of new designs.
Since January 2013, Lemongrass & Aubergine has been creating its own designs, in collaboration with French brand Tissage-Moutet, to produce a great range of Singapore kitchen towels and cooking aprons. The collection features Singapore gastronomy, fruits, black and white houses, and heritage dresses like the cheongsam, kebaya 105
www.lemondeco.com Lemongrass & Aubergine Cluny Court 501 Bukit Timah Road #02â€“26 Tel: 6463 0752
“Good furniture gives great pleasure and we take great pleasure in making good furniture. One reason for this is because we have always worked with fascinating, creative people.” Michel Roset Ligne Roset is a leading contemporary furniture brand, with a presence in over 70 countries with a history spanning over 150 years.
with its first store opening, and with the launch of Ducaroy’s Togo, an iconic sofa piece that has sold over one million pieces worldwide to date.
Antoine Roset first opened a wood processing factory in Montagnieu, in the Ain province of France, with his son Émile, producing wooden umbrellas, walking sticks and, perhaps foretelling, chair frames.
What sets Ligne Roset apart is its tradition of investing in awardwinning designer collaborations and technical innovations. Its head office and production sites are all located in the Rhône-Alpes region of France and they have focused on environmental responsibility since the 1970s.
In post-war 1950, Jean, Antoine’s grandson, started the production of tables, chairs and beds for commercial usage and subsequently entered the domestic market.
Represented by MONTICELLO in Singapore, this home-grown company has serviced clients for over 30 years with its wide selection of imported furnishings.
Jean’s sons Pierre and Michel then joined in and revitalised the company by working with architects and interior designers such as Michel Ducaroy. The Ligne Roset brand became official in 1973 107
www.monticellodesigns.com Ligne Roset 331 North Bridge Road Odeon Towers #01-01 Tel: 6235 4211
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PIERRE FREY - SHIBAO Collection
Pierre Frey, a French Maison created in 1935, a luxury design house, and a familyowned business, maintaining tradition while looking towards the future. La Maison Pierre Frey, founded in 1935, designs, creates and manufactures fabrics and wallpapers in the purest French tradition. The Maison’s rich collection of no less than 7,000 products includes not only Pierre Frey designs but collections from the group’s other four prestigious brands: Braquenié, Fadini Borghi, Boussac and Le Manach. Pierre Frey’s high-profile customers include many prominent establishments who appreciate the Maison’s customised service, its vast range of fire-resistant fabrics and its flexibility in production. From classic to contemporary decors, the Pierre Frey collections offer unlimited possibilities. A large portion of Pierre Frey’s collections is produced in its own weaving mill in France, an independent production unit that guarantees absolute exclusivity.
In 2004, this mill received the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (“Living Heritage Company”) label, which is awarded to French firms for the excellence of their traditional skills. Indeed, Pierre Frey is proud to endorse and preserve the traditional expertise of a French Maison, and will continue to combine know-how and creativity, work and passion, tradition and innovation, legacy and future. Above all, Pierre Frey is synonymous with outstanding heritage and a remarkable collection of archives, all at the disposal of customers. Pierre Frey is a member of the luxury French Maisons collective Comité Colbert.
www.pierrefrey.com Romanez (exclusive distributor in Singapore)
APS Building 9 Muthuraman Chetty Road #04-01 Tel: 6463 9330
Luxurious and comfortable, modern yet timeless. Roche Bobois is synonymous with fine furniture and exquisite style.
Roche Bobois is a story of two families: the Roches, who created their Parisian showroom, and the Chouchans, who opened their store on Boulevard SĂŠbastopol in Paris at "Au Beau Bois" (which later became Bobois). From the union of these two families in 1960, the Roche Bobois brand was born and has become a global leader in high-end furniture design and distribution. A Roche Bobois furniture piece is above all furniture with unique character, inspired by multiple personalities: the personality of the creator who designed it, with a sense of talent and ingenuity, and your personal touch of freedom and creativity. Each furniture piece is unique, exclusive and truly created for the customer.
an exclusive new collection twice a year and proudly ranks among the most cutting-edge, high-end furniture brands with an international reputation. Roche Bobois is present in 40 countries through a constantly increasing network of more than 260 stores. Since the opening of the first store in Singapore, the two collections, Contemporary and Classic, have been showcased on a surface area of approximately 7,500 square feet, which includes collaborations with Jean-Paul Gaultier, Sonia Rykiel, Missoni and Ungaro.
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www.roche-bobois.com The Alexis 354 Alexandra Road #01-19/20/21 Tel: 6734 7939
YellowKorner was created in 2006 by two friends, Alexandre de Metz and Paul-Antoine Briat, both lovers of photography from a young age. The YellowKorner concept is very simple: to introduce the greatest photographers from all over the world and to increase the number of copies of their work to make it accessible to as many collectors as possible. So, instead of offering 10 prints, YellowKorner chooses to publish 500 at an affordable price. All YellowKorner, photographs are silver gelatin prints produced by a professional laboratory under the artist’s control. The prints are numbered and a certificate of authenticity is provided in agreement with the photographer, YellowKorner wants to provide a place for talent from different
photography trends to be expressed such as Gustave le Gray, Eugène Atget, Man Ray, Dorothea Lange, Jean Dieuzaide, Bert stern, Frank Horvat and Yann ArthusBertrand, as well as period photographers like the primitive Japanese Kimbei, Nadar, and Léon Gimpel. Talent spotters are responsible for selecting international young hopefuls in the world of art photography, from amongst the most talented of their generation. YellowKorner has therefore shone a light upon Léo Caillard, Laurent Baheux, Kourtney Roy and Lee Jeffries right from the start of their career. YellowKorner creates a nice atmosphere at home, in office spaces, in hotels, bars or restaurants with a catalogue of more than 3,000 classic and contemporary photographs. 113
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YellowKorner aims to democratise art photography and make it accessible to everyone.
www.yellowkorner.com YellowKorner 313@Somerset 313 Orchard Road B2
Yves Delorme is at the heart of French bed linen luxury.
Yves Delorme’s story began in 1845 when Ernestine Fremaux and her husband founded a linen weaving company in the heart of the textile industry, near Lille, France. Over generations, the Fremaux Delorme group evolved through diversification, into the production of threads and canvases for linens, jacquards, and fabrics for the clothing industry. Since 1984, Dominique Fremaux (descendant of Ernestine) began developing collections with stylist Evelyne Julienne, which shaped the group’s creative direction. Around the same time, Fremaux also met Yves Delorme and purchased his company in 1989. In 1991, with Delorme and Julienne, Fremaux launched the first Yves Delorme Collections. In 1993, the first Yves Delorme boutiques opened in France and in the USA.
In 2001, Yves Delorme was made part of the Comité Colbert, the temple of luxury and French art de vivre. The brand has developed with a lifestyle concept, as seen since 2004 in the product lines, which include table linens, candles and other home décor items. This direction was further strengthened in 2008 through Yves Delorme’s alliance with home furnishings brand Mis En Demeure. This family story continues today with a new generation. The future of the brand is thus constructed with the sixth generation of Fremaux, upon the spirit of perpetuating knowledge and savoir-faire and upon shared modernity.
Robinsons Orchard 260 Orchard Road Robinsons Centrepoint 176 Orchard Road L5
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There are between 350 and 400 distinct types of French cheese, enough to have a different one every day.
There is no exact English equivalent to the phrase Bon appétit. The French phrase is the only one used in English.
Goûter or quatre-heure is an afternoon snack for French children and often consisting of pains au chocolat , biscuits, brioches, or crêpes. Wine has been made in France since the time of the Roman Empire, or more than 2,000 years.
The French eat more cheese than any other nation in the world: a total of 20.4 kilogrammes per person per year.
In France, cuisine differs greatly from one region to the next. The Provence region uses olive oils, tomatoes and herbs in many dishes. In Normandy, the food incorporates butter, crème fraiche and apples. The Alps are known for its cheese dishes like fondue and raclette, while beer and sauerkraut reveal Alsace’s strong German influence.
There’s little doubt that French cuisine is well entrenched in Singapore. A few decades ago, you could easily single out all the exceptional French restaurants on our sleepy island. Dining at one of them was considered by many as a special treat or a venue you would pick for a wedding proposal. These days, upscale dining establishments and luxury patisseries are jostling for real estate space alongside charming brasseries and boutique wine retail shops, and opening faster than you can say, “Bonjour.” The face of French gastronomy has also undergone a metamorphosis as chefs adopt nouvelle cuisine as the new approach to cooking, eschewing heavy creams and butter and combining classic French cooking with modern techniques. Whether it’s a cosy bistro dishing up crispy confit de canard or a much-lauded diner serving a languidly paced degustation meal, French cuisine has become a regular and accessible part of our lifestyle and culinary vernacular. UNESCO’s seal of approval − it granted French gastronomy world heritage status in 2010 − is further validation of the cuisine’s far-reaching influence. But it’s not just about the act of sipping the finest Burgundies, or savouring the fluffiest meringues that even Auguste Escoffier would be proud of. At the heart of French dining’s appeal is this notion of unyielding artistry and craftsmanship, and a celebration of refinement, a philosophy that makes its cuisine such a force to be reckoned with on the global culinary stage.
epicure magazine is, indeed, proud to associate itself with The French Chamber of Commerce’s dedicated efforts in promoting the French Shopping and Dining Guide in Singapore. We believe French gastronomy − and its continual evolution − is a cause that is certainly worth supporting.
Adeline Wong Managing Editor epicure magazine
Au Petit Salut restaurants cater to lovers of both classic and contemporary French cuisine.
www.thesalutgroup.com Au Petit Salut French Restaurant 40C Harding Road Tel: 6475 1976 Chez Petit Salut @ MBFC Tower 3 Marina Bay Financial Centre 12 Marina Boulevard #01-07 Tel: 6604 6107 Chez Petit Salut @ Holland V 44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-54 Tel: 6474 9788
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Established in 1998, and situated along Harding Road, the multiaward winning and newly refurbished Au Petit Salut complements the modern interpretation of French food. This transformation serves the discerning palate of diners in Singapore and the rise of fine gastronomy in the island. Chef Paul Longworth infuses passion, finesse and modernity into his craft, while retaining the spirit of the French classics. At the revamped Au Petit Salut, diners can experience luscious modern French dishes from Chef 120
Longworthâ€™s delicious and new visually stunning menu. It includes Salmon & Eggs, the Foie Gras Chaud and the Norwegian King Crab, as well as specially created dishes like the Baked Black Cod and the Saddle of Welsh Lamb. Catering to lovers of classic French cuisine are the two newly launched Chez Petit Salut at Marina Bay Financial Centre and Jalan Merah Saga. True to wholesome French bistro fare, they offer favourites such as the French Onion Soup with ComtĂŠ Cheese, and the Duck Leg Confit.
Balzac Brasserie & Bar serves classic French cuisine and a well-curated beverage list. With its rustic French décor, it is the place to go for a slice of Paris in Singapore. Balzac Brasserie & Bar is a casual French restaurant located at Rendezvous Gallery. Named after Honoré de Balzac, the famous French novelist and playwright, Balzac Brasserie & Bar serves a repertoire of classic French cuisine and a well-curated beverage list. With its rustic French décor and unpretentious vibe, Balzac Brasserie & Bar is the place to go for a slice of Paris in Singapore. The brasserie is helmed by award-winning Chef Jean-Charles Dubois (from Angers in Loire Valley). The amiable chef draws inspiration from his own family’s recipes. His signature entrées include the famous Dubois’ lobster bisque, beef cheeks à la cuillère and riz au lait, a traditional rice pudding recipe by his grandmother, Madame Dubois. 121
www.balzacbrasserie.com Balzac Bar and Brasserie Rendezvous Gallery 9 Bras Basah #01-01 Tel: 6336 0797
Betjeman & Barton is a leading brand, best known for its exquisite high-quality teas. With over 200 varieties, it seeks to delight our customers with every cup. www.betjemanandbarton.com.sg BetjemanandBartonSG Raffles City Shopping Centre 252 North Bridge Road #B1-33
For almost a century, Betjeman & Barton has reconciled French taste and British refinement, offering one of the most prestigious maps of teas in the world. The Betjeman & Barton name is more than a century-old, a brand synonymous with excellence and originality.
His undertaking was such a success that he quickly reexported his teas towards England where they built an excellent reputation during the interwar years. Following this success, he decided to go into partnership with Percy Barton, his general manager, and thus founded Betjeman and Barton.
In 1919, Arthur Betjeman opened The English Tea House, a small shop specialised in the sale of teas, in Paris. A passionate tea enthusiast, Betjeman wished to promote in the French capital tea varieties that were liked in London.
For many years, Betjeman & Barton relied on people with an entrepreneurial spirit, celebrated tea masters who found the world’s best teas and established the company’s reputation and the credentials of tea à la française.
A relaxed and typical French Bistro, serving timeless classics dishes packed with hearty and authentic flavours, matched with delicious, friendly-priced wines, and convivial service. Established in July 2009, Bistro du Vin delivers the authentic dining experience of Paris cafĂŠs, with true French home cooking and a fun-dining atmosphere. The menu features hearty favourites like the fragrant French onion soup, pan-seared foie gras, meltin-your-mouth duck confit with hand-cut chips, and charcuterie platter, all at very reasonable prices. Helming the kitchens is Chef Dalton Fong, former Sous-Chef at Au Jardin, Bistro du Vinâ€™s oldworld sister establishment. The wine list features mostly French wines. Building on the success of Bistro du Vin in Shaw Centre, the second outlet at Zion Road came to life in February 2012. It offers a similar menu with the addition of a relaxing outdoor, sheltered terrace in a quaint residential area. 123
www.lesamis.com.sg Shaw Centre 1 Scotts Road #01-12 Tel: 6733 7763 Bistro du Vin @ Zion Road 56 Zion Road Tel: 6836 6313
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“RESTAURATEURS DE FRANCE”
Committee is proud to support French gastronomy in Singapore through the ‘Restaurateurs de France’ certification, which is being introduced for the first time outside France. The ‘Restaurateurs de France’ certification is an official label recognised by the French Government for the independent restaurant industry. Created in France by restaurateurs themselves, it aims to recognise the quality of the most demanding restaurateurs and it guarantees homemade French cooking with high quality products. Restaurants who apply to get the certification choose to engage in a dynamic process through which they agree, as professionals, to a critical review of their establishment as well as to regularly being audited by an independent body to offer the best of quality to their customers. In order to be certified as a traditional French restaurant, establishments must meet certain criteria. Mainly, freshness and origin of food have to match French quality, the ambience has to have many elements of French origin from furniture to décor, and the head chef must have adequate qualifications and experience in preparing French dishes. The certification is just being introduced in Singapore and the first three restaurants to have received the certification are Brasserie Gavroche, L’Angélus, and Les Bouchons, with more restaurants to follow.
The heart of Parisian charm and cuisine.
www.brasseriegavroche.com BrasserieGavroche 66 Tras Street Singapore 079005 Tel: 6225 8266
Brasserie Gavroche celebrates the quintessential spirit of Paris, and the timeless classic culinary art. Chancing upon the charming conservation shophouse on Tras Street, the concept of Brasserie Gavroche came into fruition. True to the ethos of the Parisian spirit, Chef Frédéric Colin presents a menu where authentic Parisian classics are prepared according to his grandfather’s age-old recipes, many of which made up the comfort food from his youth.
With a passion for cooking and love for great produce, Brasserie Gavroche’s cuisine is timeless. A standout among the main courses, the potée auvergnate, a traditional pork hotpot, is lovingly prepared and simmered for at least eight hours. A selection of French desserts round off the meal, such as the home-made strawberry millefeuille, the freshly baked tarte tatin or the generous portions of chocolate mousse, which is a flight to dessert heaven.
The definitive venue to imbibe artisanal aperitifs and wines, indulge in all things French and embrace the joie de vivre!
www.cafegavroche.com CafeGavroche Café & Bar Gavroche 69 Tras Street Tel: 6225 4869
Following the runaway success of the less than one-year-old Brasserie Gavroche, Chef Patron Frédéric Colin was delighted to unveil his second food and beverage venue in 2013. The café is located at 69 Tras Street, across from its sister establishment, Brasserie Gavroche. Paying homage to his French roots, Colin has sourced a collection of artisanal Pastis from the South of France, which is now the largest selection in Singapore with 50 different labels. Resident Wine Guru Manuel Rodrigues 126
also charms wine lovers with an affordable list of wines sourced from all over France. Diners can also look forward to the Weekend Breakfast A La Française as well as rustic and hearty portions of freshly-baked croissants, pastries and country breads along with French jams, and egg dishes, perfect for a Paris experience in an authentic setting over the weekend.
Caveau Wines & Bar is a joint project by the Les Amis Group and Vinum Fine Wines to provide a one-stop destination for a good drink.
Caveau is a snug wine bar along Shaw Centre. Dark timber wood, muted yellow lights and slow tempo tracks set the mood of this beverage playground and complement the French-inspired dĂŠcor. With exclusive local distribution rights to over 30 agency brands of European origins, wine connoisseurs can expect to find underrated vinous gems and some of Franceâ€™s best-kept secrets. Caveau features 400 wines cherry-picked by award-winning sommeliers, From lazy afternoons to dinner dates, customers can sample up to 16 wine labels that change monthly, and tuck into a range of bar food to match.
www.caveauwinesandbar.com.sg Caveau Wines & Bar Shaw Centre 1 Scotts Road #01-10
Reservations 6737 2622
Authentic French crêpes.
www.entrenous.sg Balina.Pte.Ltd 27 Seah Street Tel: 6333 4671
ENTRE-NOUS Crêperie is a restaurant specialised in savoury and sweet crêpes from Brittany (north-west part of France). Opened in October 2008 by a French couple, their aim was to deliver crêpes as traditional as those found in Brittany. The crêpes can be made of buckwheat or wheat flour (certified from Brittany) and salted baratte butter is used to cook them on the spot on special pans called Biligs.
The restaurant proposes an extensive choice of homemade fillings and meals can be complemented by four different apple ciders served in the traditional bolée. Homemade soup, starters, icecream, quiche and desserts are also on the menu. The restaurant in a nautical theme can accommodate up to 30 guests (for private events) inside and 16 in the al fresco area.
Selecting the very best from all over the world since 1854, Hédiard offers all-day dining at its French Café and gourmet favourites at its Delicatessen Boutique, to indulge at home or to offer as gifts. Having delighted connoisseurs worldwide with its iconic fruitbased products, unique teas, spices and coffees, fine chocolates, confectionary and biscuits, prestigious smoked-salmons, caviar and foie gras, wines, champagne and more, Hédiard brings 160 years of gastronomic perfection to Singapore. The world of delicatessen at the French Epicure Emporium Hédiard offers the pleasure of being in an elegant Parisian café with a highend selection of menu items without the stuffiness of a traditional French restaurant. In its charming conserved 1920’s European cottage style building, Hédiard at Tudor Court is giving this strong feeling of being in Paris!
www.hediard.com.sg Hediard Singapore Tudor Court (next to Tanglin Mall) 123-125 Tanglin Road Tel: 6333 6683 Paragon Market Place 290 Orchard Road #B1-21/22 Tanglin Mall Market Place 163 Tanglin Road #B1-02/03 Tanglin Mall ION Orchard Jason The Gourmet Grocer 2 Orchard Turn #B4-17 The Shoppes Marina Bay Sands Cold Storage Specialty 2 Bayfront Avenue #B2-46
JAAN is an intimate restaurant dedicated to showcasing the finest in modern French cuisine in Singapore.
www.jaan.com.sg Equinox Complex Swissôtel The Stamford 2 Stamford Road L70
Reservations 9199 9008 firstname.lastname@example.org
Derived from the ancient Sanskrit word for 'bowl', JAAN is an intimate, 40-seat restaurant dedicated to showcasing the finest in service excellence and modern French cuisine, with an ornate interior that overlooks Singapore's scenic landscape. JAAN’s outstanding culinary and service experience has become the hallmark of this multi award-winning restaurant that was ranked 22nd and the 'One to Watch' by S. Pellegrino's Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2013. The Artisanal menu by Chef de Cuisine Julien Royer is built around a passion to showcase simple but beautiful dishes that reflect both culinary tradition and creativity. The result is a cuisine that celebrates seasonality, terroir and the skills of the world's best gourmet producers.
Serving French haute cuisine with unparalleled precision.
www.rwsentosa.com Resorts World at Sentosa Hotel Michael Near Lake of Dreams L1
Reservations 6577 6688 email@example.com
JoĂŤl Robuchon Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa is where fine dining becomes a sublime experience, with a repertoire of inventive French classics and an extensive wine list of over 1,300 premium wines from around the globe. Executive Chef Tomonori Danzaki's marries simple flavours and presents food as visual artistry on a plate. The restaurant itself is an extension of Michelin Star Chef Robuchon's dream family dining room in an art deco-style hotel. Dressed in warm beige
tones, the interior provides a cosy yet luxurious atmosphere. Adjoining the main dining area, Robuchon's indoor winter garden is the perfect venue for intimate private parties. The restaurantâ€™s 14-course degustation menu, which many food critics have described as "pure magic", features exquisite masterpieces and seasonal items from the Ă la carte menu as well as Robuchon's famous breads, cheeses, desserts, icecreams and tea trolleys.
French favorites with a twist at La Cantine by Bruno Ménard, the first 3-Michelin Star chef to be permanently based in Singapore.
www.lacantine.sg LaCantineSG Asia Square Tower 1 8 Marina View #01-01
Reservations 6690 7567 firstname.lastname@example.org
La Cantine is the brainchild of Chef Bruno Ménard, based here since January 2012 and the first 3-Michelin Star chef to be permanently based in Singapore, and Deliciae Hospitality Management, one of Singapore’s leading F&B companies. Located in the swanky new Asia Square in the heart of the Financial District, the restaurant presents Chef Bruno’s fresh take on the traditional French Brasserie. True to his signature style, Chef Bruno puts his own dynamic and playful spin on classic French favourites, resulting in the unique menu at La Cantine. Chef Bruno's reinterpreted dishes include the traditional French Onion Soup, the Cevennes Onion Soup, served on a bed of Foie Gras as well as his signature Whole Roasted Oxtail served with Ratte Potatoes and condiments. 132
Enter a world of sweet delicacies and French art de vivre with world renowned Ladurée.
www.laduree.com Ladurée Boutique Takashimaya Shopping Centre Ngee Ann City 391 Orchard Road #02-09 Tel: 6884 7361
The history of Parisian tea rooms is intimately tied to the Ladurée family. It all began in 1862, when Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller from France’s southwest, created a bakery in Paris at 16 rue Royale.
Ladurée in Singapore offers its highly popular macarons, displayed in beautiful boxes, along with its collection of chocolates, candies, teas, jams, perfumed candles and home fragrances.
The rue Royale tea room was enlarged in 1930 by Pierre Desfontaines, second cousin of Ladurée, who, in the mid-20th century, had the idea to combine macaron pieces into pairs, and garnish them with a tasty flavour. Thus began the story of the Ladurée macaron.
Every care is given to Ladurée’s packaging to reflect perfectly on the brand and make every item that comes out of the House a perfect gift.
Ladurée Counter Takashimaya Shopping Centre Ngee Ann City 391 Orchard Road #01-24A
One of Singapore's largest collections of whiskies and fine spirits.
www.whisky.sg FineSpiritsLMDW The Pier @ Robertson 80 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-10 Tel: 6733 0059
Established in Singapore in 2006, La Maison du Whisky is one of the cityâ€™s premier fine spirits retailers. Hundreds of whiskies are available at the store along with a carefully selected range of other spirits and liqueurs, including vintage Cognacs bottled exclusively for LMDW, Armagnacs and French Single Malts and craft spirits. The store and bar draw from over 60 years of experience in the whisky retailing industry in France, one of the largest global whisky markets, and continues to 134
provide newcomers and experienced drinkers alike with an eclectic mix of some of the most highly regarded single malts and blends from all over the world. At 6pm, the shop transforms into an intimate whisky and cocktail bar, stocked with whiskies, spirits, a selection of meats and cheeses, and expertly prepared bespoke cocktails. Drinkers can also purchase one of the many bottles available at the shop to drink and store at the bar for up to six months.
Truly French since 1998!
Set up in 1998 in a typical shop house along Club Street in the heart of historical Chinatown, l’Angélus has become one of the most authentic and highly valued French restaurants in the region, thanks to its reputation of genuine consistency. L’Angélus values French gastronomy by offering traditional French cooking of high quality – using products mostly air-flown directly from Rungis France – and a unique wine list, in a décor that evokes those charming little restaurants nestled in a corner of Paris.
www.langelus.sg 85 Club Street Tel: 6225 6897
Chef Laurent Bernard crafts some of the best chocolates and pastries, inspired by the French touch and 20 years of culinary experience.
www.nibschocolate.net Laurent’s Café & Chocolate Bar 80 Mohammad Sultan Rd #01-11 Tel: 6235 9007 Laurent Bernard Chocolatier Ngee Ann City Takashimaya Shopping Centre 391 Orchard Road B2 Laurent @ Portsdown 5B Portsdown Road #01-02 Tel: 6475 4182 Laurent Bernard Chocolatier Income At Raffles 16 Collyer Quay #01-06 Tel : 6536 8635
A three-time winner of Tatler Magazine’s ‘The Best Chocolates’ award, Laurent Bernard Chocolatier epitomises quality French desserts and chocolates. With over 20 years of culinary experience in 5-star hotels, Chef Laurent Bernard opened his first patisserie in Singapore in 2006, followed by a café-restaurant in Portsdown and a retail outlet in Takashimaya the following year. Their latest venture is the Laurent Bernard Chocolatier boutique in the Central Business District area. 136
All the chocolates are made in Singapore with ingredients sourced in France. Indeed, Laurent Bernard supports sustainability and encourages the use of ingredients from farmers and producers who respect the environment. From chocolate boxes for loved ones to corporate hampers, from a creative range of chocolate pralines to pastries and cakes, Chef Laurent Bernard brings out the best in chocolate with a distinct French touch.
Le Carillon, the extension of the famed L’Angélus restaurant in Club Street, has been pioneering the French wine bar concept in the Ann Siang Hill/Club Street area. Since 2004, cold cuts from Lyon, cheese from Aléosse in Paris, home-made terrines and foie gras, not forgetting the famed crème brulée have made the delights of regulars, enjoying the ‘atmospheric’ ambiance created by the patina of time. Le Carillon carries an extensive 100% French wine list, carefully selected and directly imported by the owners, Gabriel de Balasy and Philippe Hoyez, proud Chevaliers du Tastevin.
www.langelus.sg 24 Ann Siang Road Tel: 6423 0353
L’Entrecôte is a Steak and Fries Bistro featuring trimmed and tender steak paired with unlimited crispy, golden fries and a fresh green walnut salad, completed with a secret sauce. www.lentrecote.sg LEntrecoteSG 36 Duxton Hill Tel: 6690 7561 Pacific Plaza 9 Scotts Road #01-04 Tel: 6690 7566 Suntec City 3 Temasek Boulevard #B1-128/129 Tel: 6690 7569
Reservations 6690 7569 (Suntec City outlet only; 6 pax min)
L’Entrecôte is a Parisian bistro concept established some 80 years ago, focusing on the season’s best steak paired with unlimited crispy, golden fries, a fresh green salad with mustard dressing and walnuts, completed with the secret sauce, poured generously over the trimmed and tender slices of steak. The singular main course on the menu is complemented by a list of nine starters like the traditional Escargots de Bourgogne and 15 kinds of desserts like the famous Profiteroles de L’Entrecôte. The wildly successful L’Entrecôte concept is also available at &Made by Bruno Ménard in Pacific Plaza, served à la “Express”: Entrecôte steak, accompanied with a selection of five starters and four desserts. In September 2013, another L’Entrecôte was brought into Suntec City, a brand new 130-seater bistro serving the full L’Entrecôte menu. 138
All aboard on one of the best French seafood bars in town!
The latest creation by L’Angélus Group, Le Petit Navire has been sailing along the shore of the Club Street/Ann Siang Hill area since 2012, delivering the freshest seafood air-flown from France. Seating at the ‘wheelhouse’, behind the specially designed ice bar, looking at the chef shucking oysters, preparing a fish tartare or a ceviche, arranging gorgeous seafood platters or deshelling freshly cooked live lobsters, steaming the best moules marinières in town, all this while sipping on a glass of fresh, crisp Muscadet or dry Sancerre, is one of the many pleasures boarding this “little boat”.
www.langelus.sg 18 Ann Siang Road Tel: 6221 6897
The King of Steak and Fries!
www.bouchons.sg 7 Ann Siang Rd Tel: 6423 0737 41 Roberston Quay #01-01 Tel: 6733 4414
Les Bouchons in the Club Street area has been serving outstanding Steaks and Fries in town since 2002, in a typical Parisian bistro décor. Opened in 2006, the second outlet ‘Rive Gauche’ offers a beautiful and quiet terrace overlooking the romantic Singapore river. The best selected meats (French ‘Normande’ breed for instance), specially imported French potatoes to produce their trademark home-made French fries, and a reasonably priced wine list have built their impeccable reputation over the years.
Little Provence in Singapore specialises in importing, distributing and retailing gourmet products and wine from Provence, well known for its quality of life, savoury food and wine. In 2009, the Little Provence team set about reproducing the noble Provencal way of life in Singapore by opening its first shop in Tanglin Mall. Today, its four shops are meant to spread not only the specific flavours of the south of France but also the exquisite moment of the day when the work is done and the relaxing, friendly, family, fun time can begin. The food product range encompasses a wide choice of products: fine olive oil, vinegars, tapenades and dips, truffles delicacies, artisanal jam, biscuits, seafood or chocolate.
www.littleprovence.biz Tanglin Mall 163 Tanglin Road #02-K2 Tel: 6887 3842 Parkway Parade Shopping Centre 80 Marine Parade Road #B1-83M Tel: 6344 3203 Sentosa Cove Quayside Isle 31 Ocean Way Tel: 6734 8981 PasarBella The Grandstand Bukit Timah 200 Turf Club Road Tel: 6466 8617
A fabulous little corner of Paris in Singapore, Ô Batignolles wine bar is a quintessentially French bistro offering an extensive range of French wines in town. www.obatignolles.com OBatignolles 2 Gemmill Lane Tel: 6438 3913
Ô Batignolles is a charming downtown bistro specialised in French wines. Dedicated to the French boutique wineries, Ô Batignolles brings a taste of Parisian life to Singapore with the ambition to showcase the diversity, richness and quality of France’s most celebrated independent wine makers. Ô Batignolles shares its passion with the wine connoisseurs as well as beginners. Its owners, Paris-born couple Marie Charlotte Ley and Antoine Rouland have spent the last five years cultivating relationships with likeminded independent vineyards from France’s renowned wine regions. Located in Club Street, Ô Batignolles offers fresh and truly authentic French cuisine in a Parisian vibe daily, during both lunch and dinner as well as during brunch on Saturday and Sunday. 142
A Maison de Qualité, PAUL’s values have been perpetuated since 1889. Importantly, PAUL is a family venture, with five generations dedicated to the taste of good bread ever since its first bakery. www.paul-bakeries.com PAUL Singapore Takashimaya Shopping Centre 391 Orchard Road #03-16/16A/17 Tel: 6836 5932 Tanglin Mall 163 Tanglin Road #01-16/17 Tel: 6736 3257
PAUL is an important part of France’s culinary and cultural heritage. Many of its French city centre shops have preserved the shop fronts of the past and, in their way, recall a certain idea of traditional baking. This same idea extends to PAUL’s bakery restaurants: the finest materials decorate the shop, with antiques and other elements sought out all over France. This has resulted in the special, welcoming atmosphere found there today. By inaugurating its first bakeryrestaurant here, PAUL brought its
bread to Singapore with the same subtle, nutty taste that it has in Paris. Its restaurants take food lovers on a savoury journey to France with a wide range of mouth-watering patisseries and viennoiseries, plus French-style meals and snacks, including quiches, croque-monsieur, mixed salads and tasty dishes. Today, PAUL has a network of over 500 stores in 30 countries, serving more than 5 million customers every month in France alone, and it continues to be a family-run venture. 143
Ocean Financial Centre 10 Collyer Quay #01-01 & B1-01/02 Westgate 3 Gateway Drive #01-05/05A
Those craving the little French cheese that they tasted during their last summer vacation might just find it at Quartier... And the little ones will find Carambars there too! www.quartier.sg Quartier 23 Lichfield Road Tel: 6858 2540
Established in April 2013, Quartier is the only shop in Singapore that offers a full range of French food products.
and bakery items, dairy and frozen food, cheese and delicatessen to a lovely selection of wines and spirits from our country.
Quartierâ€™s mission is to cater for the needs of a growing community of French food lovers in Singapore, looking for both fine and standard, yet affordable, French brands and products.
Quartier conveys the douce France feeling and offers typically French products that may be hard to find anywhere else in Singapore.
With a physical store in Serangoon Gardens as well as an e-shop, Quartier features a wide assortment of product categories ranging from dry goods, bread 144
Authentic French bakery and cafĂŠ.
Sophie Bakery is a traditional French bakery born out of la passion de la France, love of fresh smell and remarkable taste. The bakeries of Paris are filled with the most extraordinary creations: the macaron, the croissant, the tart and any number of exquisite chocolate confections. These staples of Parisian daily life inspired the owners of Sophie Bakery to open in Singapore. Sophie Bakery welcomes all with a true French experience, the respect of tradition with affordable authentic French breads, pastries, salads, sandwiches and coffee. Sophie Bakery is a meeting place where customers always enjoy French rustic ambience.
www.sophiebakery.sg Sophie Bakery 167, 169 Telok Ayer Street Tel: 6224 6243 Novena Square 238 Thomson Road #01-19 Tel: 6259 6712 Wisma Atria 435 Orchard Rd Tel: 6735 5709 One Shenton Way 1 Shenton Way Tel: 6536 6791
Taratata Bistrot is a warm and cosy restaurant serving classic French fare. Its chic Parisian-style décor will make you forget you’re in the heart of Chinatown. www.taratata.sg 35A Keong Saik Road #01-00 Tel: 6221 4506
Taratata Bistrot offers a delectable brunch menu that caters to a discerning crowd. Joining this cosy establishment in 2013, sommelier Marie-Agnès Labopin brings 10 years of experience in Michelin-star restaurants in France, Switzerland, Canada as well as Joël Robuchon in Singapore. She is now in an environment in which she can impart her extensive knowledge of wines and showcase her natural flair for hospitability.
The kitchen is helmed by friendly chef-owners Bertrand Raguin and Philippe Nouzillat, who hail from Tours and La Rochelle respectively. Their amiable dispositions, paired with a genuine passion and talent for creating classic French fares such as escargots, are central to the well-loved and distinctly homey atmosphere here.
With 15 yearsâ€™ experience Wine Culture brings to you the finest and rarest wine representing numerous leading wine agencies.
Founded in 1999, Wine Culture strives to offer only wines of the best artisanal quality. It is renowned for being Singaporeâ€™s largest Bordeaux and Burgundy classified growth stockist, and the exclusive Singapore agent for 29 Burgundian Domaines / Maisons and Bordeaux wines. Wine Culture is a leading agent for purchasing Bordeaux wine en primeur (wine purchased as an allocation before it is bottled). The family business also prides itself on managing its own dutypaid and bonded warehouse, which ensures the highest quality control. Wine Culture also organises dinners with various close partners. Some of these events host renowned French winemakers, perfect occasions for guests to learn more about artisanal process direct from the source. 147
www.wineculture.com.sg 891 Bukit Timah Road Tel: 6463 3888
ONLINE FRENCH FOOD RETAILERS
French gastronomy in Singapore is more accessible and varied today than ever before. And beyond the fine establishments scattered across the island, many retailers have set up shop online, making it possible to have all-time favourite fares delivered to you.
Le Petit Depot, your online grocery store: French products at amazing price. 600 references of your favourite brands delivered in a day to your home. www.lepetitdepot.com
ChateauAsia carefully selects French wines offered at the best possible price online. Register to take part in their tasting events. www.chateauasia.com
The French Grocer celebrates ‘The Spirit for Good Food’ and helps you manage your day-to-day family menu on a budget. www.thefrenchgrocer.com
Finest foods from France, Italy, Spain, Scotland, Australia. Often reserved for the best chefs, conveniently delivered to your home since 2009. www.delicia.com.sg
Singapore's most complete and interesting selection of boutique French wines. Providing the best value and service. www.wines2u.com.sg
The food enthusiast’s favorite link for home and corporate deliveries of ready-to-serve platters of charcuterie, cheese, fine cuisine meals and more. www.gourmetshop.com.sg
Drink In Tube believes that everyone should be able to taste, appreciate and enjoy premium wine, in a casual, unpretentious environment. www.drinkintube.com.sg
CONTENTS About FCCS ................................. 2
Fashion ....................................... 61
Forewords ................................... 3
Art of Living ................................. 95
What’s In The Guide? ................... 6
Gastronomy ................................ 117
Luxury ......................................... 9
Online French Food Retailers ..... 148
Beauty & Wellness ..................... 31
THE BRANDS 5 Octobre ..................................... 83
Clarins Skin Spa .......................... 39
Acquaverde .................................. 83
Comme des Garçons Parfums ... 43
Alexandra Margnat ...................... 83
Corthay ........................................ 29
American Vintage ........................ 83
Creed ........................................... 43
Anne Fontaine ............................. 65
Dafné ........................................... 83
Annick Goutal .............................. 43
Décléor Institut ........................... 41
Au Petit Salut ............................... 120
Degrenne Paris ........................... 99
Aurélie Bidermann ...................... 29
Dior .............................................. 23
Ba&sh .......................................... 83
Diptyque ....................................... 43
Baccarat ...................................... 13
Entre-Nous Creperie .................. 128
Balzac Brasserie & Café ............. 121
Escentials .................................... 43
Beauty By Nature ........................ 35
Etam ............................................ 73
Bella jones ................................... 83
Frédéric Malle ............................. 29
Bensimon Collection ................... 83
Gag & Lou .................................... 83
Betjeman & Barton ..................... 122
Galeries Bartoux ......................... 101
Biotherm ..................................... 37
Guerlain ....................................... 45
Bistro du Vin ................................ 123
Hartford ....................................... 83
Boucheron ................................... 15
Hédiard ........................................ 129
Brasserie Gavroche ..................... 125
Hermès ........................................ 25
By Terry ........................................ 43
House of AnLi .............................. 103
Cache Cache ................................ 67
Jacadi .......................................... 75
Café Gavroche ............................. 126
Jaan ............................................. 130
Caron ........................................... 43
Joël Robuchon ............................. 131
Cartier ......................................... 17
La Cantine ................................... 132
Caveau ......................................... 127
Ladurée ....................................... 133
Celio ............................................. 69
La Maison du Whisky .................. 134
Chanel ......................................... 19
Lancôme ...................................... 47
Château de sable ......................... 71
L'Angélus .................................... 135
Christofle ..................................... 21
L'Artisan Parfumeur ................... 43
Cire Trudon ................................. 29
Laurence Doligé .......................... 83
Laurent Bernard ......................... 136
Payot ............................................ 53
Le Carillon de l'Angelus .............. 137
Petit Bateau ................................. 79
Le Labo ........................................ 43
Petite Mendigote ......................... 83
Lemongrass & Aubergine ........... 105
Phyto ............................................ 35
L'Entrecôte .................................. 138
Pierre Frey .................................. 109
Leon & Harper ............................. 83
Promod ........................................ 81
Leonor Greyl ................................ 43
Quartier ....................................... 144
Le Petit Navire ............................. 139
Rancé ........................................... 43
Le Petit Olivier ............................. 35
René Furterer ............................. 55
Les Bouchons .............................. 140
Roche Bobois ............................... 111
Les Petites ................................... 83
Rosalie Pompon .......................... 83
Lierac ........................................... 35
Sephora ....................................... 57
Ligne Roset ................................. 106
Serge Lutens ............................... 43
Little Provence ............................ 141
Sinéquanone ............................... 85
L'Occitane .................................... 49
Small ........................................... 87
Louis Vuitton ................................ 27
Sophie Bakery ............................. 145
Maison Francis Kurkdjian ........... 43
Taratata Bistrot ........................... 146
Majestic Paris .............................. 83
The Different Company ............... 43
Make Up For Ever Academy ........ 51
The Kooples ................................. 89
Malmaison ................................... 29
Tinsels ......................................... 83
Memo ........................................... 43
Toupy ........................................... 83
Morgan ........................................ 77
Van Cleef & Arpels Parfumerie ... 43
Nilaï ............................................. 83
Vanessa Bruno ............................ 91
Nuxe ............................................ 35
Wine Culture ............................... 147
Ô Batignolles ............................... 142
YellowKorner ............................... 113
ParisRennes ................................ 83
Yves Delorme .............................. 115
Paul .............................................. 143
Yves Saint Laurent Beauty .......... 59
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