Accessories are fool-proof holiday gifts. They’re compact, we carry one all the time and everyone loves them. But what makes a holiday gift go from so-so to wow is the thought that goes into it – which is why a bespoke item sits on top of our must-have list. Here, four personalisation services you will love:
#1: Add a handpainted lion emblem to your Goyard bag
Yes, the vibrant and colourful initials from this French luxury leather goods are beautifully handcrafted. Its new limited edition service goes one up: From now till December 6, an in-store marquage (aka the art of personalisation) specialist can customise orders to include a lion emblem on top of the usual stripes and initials on almost any Goyard item. The result is a look that’s truly Old World and 19th century (cue those European coat of arms). It takes up to eight weeks to complete the marquage service and starts from $400 for the lion design. #01-11 Takashimaya D. S.
#2: Customise your Burberry scarf
If you’re the sort who prefers options when choosing a gift, Burberry’s Scarf Bar will leave you spoilt for choice. The customisation service for its made-in-Scotland cashmere scarfs come with more than 7,000 permutations to choose from. These include the colour (there are more than 30), the print (from tartan to animal print), the thread count, two font sizes and up to three letters for the monogram. Orders (from $850) can take a week to complete and are available at the brand’s boutiques at Ion Orchard (#02-16/17/18) or The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (#B1-103 and #B2-78) or online.
#3: Give your Lacoste bag pretty gold lettering
If who happened to be at Lacoste’s Champs-Elysees store during Mothers’ Day this year, you might have caught one of France’s top gliders in action applying gold foil as initials on the brand’s leather goods. Fast forward to this month, and the glider is on an Asian tour of six cities like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Manila. In Singapore, his showcase will be held at the Wisma Atria store (#03-07-11) from November 19 to November 21, where customers can request for initials on the range of Chantaco tote bags and handbags (yes, it’s complimentary).
#4: Add your initials to Kurt Geiger shoes
A quick check of creative studio Craft Varies (@craftvaries) on Instagram will definitely make you fall in love with old school calligraphy. Kurt Geiger taps on the genius of homegrown artist Clarence Wee for its latest Kalligraphia project. Wee will solder the soles of customers’ shoes with their initials in his signature handwritten style. The service is complimentary with any purchase of the brand’s shoes and available from the Marina Bay Sands store (#B2-117) from Nov 21-22, and the Ion Orchard store (#B2-02) from Dec 3-4.