With the opening of Marina Bay Sands, Singapore is reinventing itself as one of Asia’s shopping capitals. As well as housing a casino, conference centre and a luxury hotel, Marina Bay Sands offers a spectacular view of Marina Bay waterfront. The architecture is stunning: an extraordinary sky park rests on top of the hotel’s three towers, crystal pavilions ‘float’ on the bay and a museum has been designed in the form of a lotus.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore’s first large-scale luxury shopping destination, boast over 800,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. On offer is a shopping experience that Singapore has never seen before. Many familiar names are represented, including Bally, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Burberry, Cartier, Christian Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Hermès, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, MaxMara, Miu Miu, Omega, Patek Philippe, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tiffany and Yves Saint Laurent, alongside labels that are new to the country, including Wolford, Marisfrolg, Moiselle and Rabeanco.
Here are just a few of the highlights to be found at Marina Bay Sands.
As a shoemaker to the stars, Salvatore Ferragamo is known for its luxurious materials, craftsmanship and sophisticated colour palettes. A favourite with Asian shoppers, the Ferragamo store is filled with classic heels and soft leather loafers. Small leather goods, hobos, briefcases and clutches are scattered around the shop front.
Salvatore Ferragamo, L1-45 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, +65 6688 7798
Alfred Dunhill is renowned for its excellent precision watches, wallets, briefcases and its range of exotic leathers which includes ostrich foot. The store draws crowds of men who love to shop, as well as those who don’t. It’s known as a good place for women seeking gifts for hard-to-please beaux.
Alfred Dunhill, B1-108 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, + 65 6688 7108
Every Hugo Boss store caters to urban sharp dressers. The colour palette for men and women is classic and low key: black, greys, navys and camels, with an occasional injection of colour. Men will be able to find tailored suits, cashmere coats and fine sweaters.
Hugo Boss, B1-130 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, +65 6634 6297
Established as a stationery and fancy goods store in 1937 in New York City, Tiffany’s designs are now celebrated around the world. A wide range of silverware and jewellery can be found in this store. Fine items such as cuff links and watches are available for men and there are even silver rattles for babies.
Tiffany, B1-132 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, +65 6688 7728
One of the most revered watch brands in the world, Patek Philippe’s Swiss designs are highly complicated, requiring impeccable craftsmanship. This innovative and luxurious label has very few stores around the world and is known to choose only the most exclusive addresses. It is thus a considerable compliment that the company has chosen Marina Bay Sands to house this flagship store.
Patek Philippe, B2-239 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, + 65 6688 7008
Crabtree & Evelyn
Founded in 1973 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Crabtree & Evelyn specialises in naturally inspired body-care products and encourages customers to take pleasure in simple pampering activities. There’s also a range of items for the home, including scented candles and drawer liners.
Crabtree & Evelyn, B2-16A The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, + 65 6688 7968