SINGAPORE (Dec 3): Men are probably the hardest to shop for when it comes to gifts. How many neck ties and socks have you given your father for Christmas? This holiday season, Ermenegildo Zegna offers some less-conventional items made of Pelletessuta, a lightweight and versatile leather. Thin strips of Nappa leather are woven through it to create a pattern — a clever way of bringing the products to life. Available at major Ermenegildo Zegna stores and www.zegna.com.

Main image: Grey chevron Pelletessuta dice game set with vicuna and white stripes


Grey chevron Pelletessuta ping-pong set — two ping-pong rackets and cover with vicuna and white stripes and black calf-leather details.


Grey chevron Pelletessuta bottle holder with vicuna and white stripes and black calf-leather handle.


Simple timepieces
Amsterdam-based watch and jewellery brand Cluse, which is inspired by the French love of minimalism, has made a home in Singapore. The boutique, located at Takashimaya Shopping Centre, will carry the classic collections by Cluse — in particular, the La Bohéme collection of women’s watches with oversized dials and minimalist features and the La Vedette collection with small dial sizes. If you like iconic designs, check out La Garconne, as well as Minuit, Triomphe and La Roche.

Drops of youth
Youthful skin is what we all desire. Sublimage L’Essence Fondamentale by Chanel plumps up sunken areas on your face. This is attained through SNEV protein, which was discovered by Professor Johannes Grillari and his team of researchers at the Christian Doppler Laboratory on Biotechnology of Skin Aging in Austria. SNEV, or senescence evasion factor, boosts cellular activity to reinforce skin tissue and prolongs the life expectancy of cells.

The Danes are back
Danish brand Georg Jensen has relaunched at Takashimaya Shopping Centre. Within a 342 sq ft area, you will get a chance to view a gorgeous jewellery collection made for daily wear along with homeware created by legendary designers such as Henning Koppel and Arne Jacobsen. The brand is now under the direction of MJ Invest.

For your listening pleasure
Audio-Technica, the maker of luxury headphones for the last 50 years, has once again teamed up with leather expert Connolly to bring a whole new listening experience with the ATH-L5000. The headphones feature 58mm drivers mounted on carbon fibre-reinforced plastic flanges that allow the airflow to be improved. They deliver exceptional full-range audio with minimum distortion.

Fancy glasses
Add a touch of class to your dining table with Royal Selangor’s Cartouche champagne flutes, which are perched on top of slender stems with a solid but delicately crafted base.