What’s the buzz: From long-distance sales to Whatsapp-linked shopping, retail therapy in the age of isolation has become an increasingly remote affair. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands hopes to bring back that personal touch to retail during this partial lockdown with the launch of its online Shopping Concierge. Said to be the first-of-its-kind service by a mall here, it provides customers that VIP experience with perks like a complimentary islandwide delivery service, a curation of the season’s latest merchandise, and personal shopper advice.

Some Exclusive Merch To Consider

Why bother: For starters, the mall has teamed up with an inaugural pool of 10 brands that include major tenants like Celine, Moncler and Fendi. Together, they have curated over 330 products spanning ready-to-wear and perfumes that will be updated periodically to reflect the newest drops and best-selling classics. These include exclusive merchandise only available at The Shoppes from the likes of the Moncler and Simone Rocha collaboration to Repetto.

Rather than having to contact each merchant directly, the concierge simplifies things by arranging for your selected merchandise to be sent directly to your doorstep without any charges and with no minimum spend. And if you’re on the hunt for that particular It bag or shoe that is not seen on the site, simply contact personal.shopping@marinabaysands.com and the folk here will be able to recommend brands and connect you for these specific requests.

How long is the wait: It ranges from next-day deliveries to a few days due to the current circuit-breaker. But hey if that means you can get your hands on that exclusive Celine perfume, what’s one or two days of wait, right?