For those who love boutique shopping, there’s nothing better than Singapore’s iconic shopping event BOUTIQUES AT THE PIT BUILDING. It’s the nation’s largest shopping fair that enables independent, design-led and mostly socially responsible labels to create individual shop-fronts at the F1 Pit Building, turning the space into a boutique shopping adventure like no other.
This gift-centric November edition will span three days — from 10-12 November (Friday-Sunday) — giving shoppers more time to shop over 200 labels on levels 2 and 3 of the building. Boutiques Edit on level 3 is an expanded space focusing on Singapore design, while Boutiques Social on level 3 is an F&B-focused lounge with more independent designers and even an art exhibition to peruse. Relax in vintage Scandi-style furniture by MÖBLER as you tuck into hearty Peranakan fare from Violet Oon Singapore or sweets by Sunday Folks.
If the shopping does not lure you down, perhaps the plethora of workshops, activities, the children’s play area, or the philanthropic nature of the event will. In this Boutiques at the Pit Building Gifting Guide, you can find a rundown of what to expect and just some of the labels to keep an eye out for.
Tip: many of these brands are launching exclusive collections at Boutiques, so pop by if you want to be the first to shop the drop.
Gifts for girlfriends and parents
As Luly Yang once said, “Accessories are like finishing strokes of the painter’s brush. They highlight, define and complete her masterpiece.” Want to treat your girlfriends to a little sparkle? Keep an eye out for newcomers Haywire or EDEN+ELIE, a local line that will be launching an exclusive collection of hand-beaded bangles. The new Greek-inspired jewellery collection by Darsala (pictured) will satisfy the magpies who appreciate a statement piece. Know someone who travels often? Pick up an oversized pashmina shawl from Ayesha Cashmere or treat them to a pair of handmade shoes by Palola, which can be customized for their feet.
Gifts for the men
Old favourite, Gnome & Bow, will launch a new collection of bags and wallets. Also check out Ashenfeld for casual men’s tees that won’t break the bank, Plain Supplies for minimalist, unisex watches, and Rever Goods for sleek, handmade leather goods.
Tip: Boutiques is a perfect place to bring the boys too — drop them off at EC Proof on level 2 where they can sample spirits and even attend a class or two.
Gifts for the ethically-minded
Meet the brains behind the brands that are socially responsible such as MATTER (pictured), which practises no-waste pattern making and works with artisans and a fair factory to produce its popular, sustainably-made unisex clothing. While the brand will launch a new line of silk tops, you can also learn some of the practices at their block printing workshops. Covenant Jewellery will launch their customizable birthstones ring collection — a nifty gift idea for those who like fuss-free, customisable presents. Covenant works with Cambodian artisans to provide fair pay, healthcare, and a positive work environment. The majority of the brands showcasing at Boutique Fairs are socially responsible, so you are bound to hear some inspiring stories.
Gifts for the style slickers
Celebrate Singapore style: tropical chic, Asian urban, power dressing or indie style maker. Expect everything from 50s inspired fashion by Jo Kilda, affordable swimwear by PINKSALT (pictured), African wax print fabrics by Olive Ankara, cut-out dresses and modern cheongsams by The Missing Piece, minimalist aesthetics by Elohim by Sabrina Goh, and bohemian wears from The Wit and The Will.
Gifts for colleagues and work friends
Don’t neglect the power of the written word. We love the typewritten notes and calligraphy cards from The Novel Encounter, which also offers ready-wrapped books for readers who appreciate some mystery. Brighten up your deskbound colleague’s workspace with curated lifestyle products designed in France, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain and Turkey by Salt & Sweeter (pictured), or get them organised with 2018 diary organisers from The Paper Bunny.
Gifts for the sanctuary seekers
From unforgettable scents to decorative accent pieces and statement art, we like our home to be a space of self-expression. Spoil the homebodies in your life with a unique house gift, such as a hand-poured soy candle from A Dose of Something Good (pictured), silk-screened goods from Talking Textiles, original artwork by Louise Hill Design, and signature home accessories by Supermama.
Gifts for the kids
Kids also deserve to be spoiled — Christmas is around the corner after all. For wee tots, look to Leia + Lauren (0-4 years) or the organic cotton threads of Sea Apple (pictured). Feel free to drop the kids off in the dedicated play area sponsored by The Children’s Showcase where they will be kept busy with toys and new friends. Face-painting, balloon-sculpting and storytelling sessions will also be a hit on the weekend.
10 November (Friday), 9am-8pm
11 November (Saturday), 10am-6pm
12 November (Sunday), 10am-4pm
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975