Homegrown fragrance brand, Scent by SIX, has launched an open- concept scent bar at Jem mall in Jurong East. With its two other boutiques located at Bugis Junction and 313@Somerset in central Singapore, this new presence in the west enables Scent by SIX to reach out to a wider community.
In conjunction with its foray into the western shopping enclave, Scent by SIX will be introducing a new scent collection: Sleep, Returns. The calming scent is infused with fragrance intelligence, ‘Sleep Accord’, by Japanese Fragrance House, Takasago. Data from a global study of ‘Sleep Accord’ indicated a positive experience for its panellists, with improvement in sleep quality and duration.
With a prime spot at the entrance of Jem mall on the first level, the new scent bar welcomes shoppers to discover its collection of home and personal fragrances created over the past years since its launch in July 2016.
To optimise the customer experience, touch points were identified for an ergonomic flow. In terms of the ambience, the idea of wellness and care is similarly showcased in the new space as it was at the 313@Somerset boutique. The appointed designer, Clara Yee, Creative Director of In The Wild explains the design concept: “The new scent bar by Scent by Six is an open and fluid space with a porous boundary, allowing guests to stumble upon and wander through the space that sits at a busy intersection at the entrance of Jem. The palette of soft sandstone pink, textured stucco walls, and luxurious brass, balance earthly tactile comfort with a touch of sophistication. Just like the flagship Somerset boutique, the scent bar at Jem exudes a home-like hosting experience, creating islands over which to have conversations, linger and discover the scents.”
While the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has brought upon challenges such as the temporary closure of Jem mall in May, which delayed renovations for the scent bar, Jason Lee, Founder of Scent by SIX remains optimistic. “There is no better time to take the leap of faith and expand the business than now. Moving forward, running a business in this climate will be the new normal. We have complete faith that our government will manage the situation well and continue to support local businesses sustainably,” he opines.
In keeping with its mission to use its scents to heal, soothe and delight one’s mental wellness, Scent by SIX introduces its latest scent, Sleep, Returns. The design for this collection draws inspiration from the Six of Swords tarot card. It depicts a state of transition, leaving behind what was familiar and moving towards calmer waters by moving forward. “Sleep is a fundamental human need and a good night’s rest is essential to maintaining our mental health. We understand the struggles of those who are not having a good night’s sleep. With our new scent collection, we bring them hope for better sleep,” says Jason.
As it did last year with its uplifting scent, Hikaru, Scent by SIX will be donating S$10,000 from the sales of Sleep, Returns to the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH). Through this partnership with SAMH, Scent by SIX aims to raise awareness of mental health issues, particularly depression, and the importance of taking care of one’s mental wellness. The funds will be donated to the association to help individuals with mental health issues.
In August 2021, Singapore Airlines announced its collaboration with Scent by SIX in creating its signature scent, Batik Flora. The scent includes floral notes from six flowers in SIA’s batik motif: aquatic ginger, common dianella, seashore purslane, simpoh lak, utania nervosa and white kopsia. Batik Flora by Singapore Airlines will be progressively introduced at key customer-facing SIA locations from October 2021, starting with the SIA Service Centre at ION Orchard. Customers will also be able to enjoy this signature scent at SIA’s redeveloped SilverKris Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport terminal three. Batik Flora will be available in a collection of reed diffusers, pillow mists, and an eau de toilette fragrance. The collection will be sold exclusively on KrisShop.com from October 2021.
Fried chicken lovers, have you heard? Hailing from the land of vibrant street food culture, Taiwan’s famous fried chicken brand Monga is opening its first-ever outlet at JEM in Singapore this September.
The Taiwanese fried chicken chain got its name from the Wanhua district of Taiwan, which is traditionally known as “Monga”. The vibrant neighbourhood is Taipei’s oldest district and also home to the bustling Snake Alley night market. Combined with the fact that the fried chicken fillet is the best-known snack of Taiwan, Monga was established to promote the culture of Taiwan's delicacy. The brand is created by Nono, a well-known Taiwanese artiste and comedian known for his charm and quick wit. Together with Mingdao Liu, king of Taiwanese Fried Chicken, they created Monga Fried Chicken.
Established in Taiwan, the brand boasts over 45 outlets in its home country and has even ventured to Canada, the U.S.A, the U.K., Philippines and Malaysia.
Prepared exactly the way they do over Taiwan, Monga’s distinction is defined by its trusted recipe and its extra-thick chicken fillets. Every piece is precisely sliced into a thick slice with a minimum of 2cm. This ensures that the chicken fillet remains firm and satisfyingly juicy even after being deep-fried. To distinguish itself further, Monga uses honey instead of granulated sugar to marinate the chicken meat. The amylase in honey helps to tenderise the meat and elevates the taste of the chicken fillet.
Monga prides itself for its ‘Golden Ratio’ of flour to meat born out of a lot of thought, months of hard work and repeated modifications. Each fillet is coated with the optimum amount of flour before being double-fried to give it its characteristic crust-like crunch with no greasiness.
Every piece is made fresh and served piping hot! Expect three different flavours of fried chicken fillet in Singapore, The King, which is dusted with original salt and pepper seasoning; Hot Chick, which is dusted with chilli paprika powder hand-made from Anaheim peppers; and The Taiker, which is dusted with Japanese sauce and seaweed powder imported from Okinawa. To complete the set with a drink and/or fries, choose from different combo upgrades available.
Foot Locker is where you can find a wide range of global footwear brands, including the largest selection of Nike Air Max Plus available in the market. Foot Locker has an impressive 3270+ stores in 25 countries worldwide.
The 2nd of Foot Locker's 3 Singapore stores planned for this year is now open in Jem.
Foot Locker is a leading global retailer of athletically inspired shoes and apparel.
Headquartered in New York City, Foot Locker operates a direct-to-customer business offering athletic footwear, apparel andand equipment through its Internet, mobile, and catalog channels. In addition to websites for each of the store banners, such as footlocker.com, the direct-to-customer business includes Eastbay, a leading destination for the serious athlete.
Monster Curry is a fast-growing Japanese Curry restaurant chain here in Singapore. They have a total of 10 outlets, with their Suntec City, Bugis Junction and JEM outlets being the latest to the family. These 3 outlets were established within a short 2-month period between June-July.
Be mesmerised by the distinct flavour made from fresh fruits, a unique Japanese curry with selectable spiciness level coupled with a range of assortments on a whopping plate size of 34cm in diameter!
Monster Curry’s sauce contains up to 14 different spices and vegetables and requires up to two days to cook so as to bring out the “Umami” to its fullest.
A second En Sakaba restaurant has now opened on the West at JEM.
En Sakaba blur the lines between tachinomiya (standing bar) and izakaya (bar with seats), which is now popular among trendy bar hoppers in Japan’s major cities. Set in a chic but casual bistro bar setting, En Sakaba will focus on offering a variety of Japanese influenced tapas that are best paired with sake and beer.
The drink menu emphasize is on sake, and it would feature fine selection of Japanese sakes in top grade, carefully selected wines and reasonably priced liqueurs and beer. Sake connoisseurs could look forward to 30 brands of award winning sake to choose from.
Shaburi and Kintan Buffet is a two-in-one Japanese dining concept by Dining Innovation Asia-Pacific Pte. Ltd opening at JEM, offering two restaurants at one spot—Shaburi, which specialises in shabu shabu and Kintan, with its premium Japanese BBQ. The 3527.89 sqf interior is furnished with 34 tables which can seat 62 people for Shaburi and 57 for Kintan.
Shaburi provides each guest with their own hot pot for shabu shabu. They provide a selection of side dishes such as sushi rolls, chawanmushi, chicken karaage and more. Their highlight dishes include the konbu, which is a Japanese seaweed broth; sukiyaki, which is a savoury sweet sauce served with mirin; and paitan karamiso that serves paitan collagen soup with spicy miso.
Kintan on the other hand offers dishes in yakiniku style with meats selected from U.S. and Australia, alongside a variety of more than 40 side dishes, vegetables and sauces such as spicy miso and garlic and cheese curry flavored dips.
Designer, visionary, artist, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel reinvented fashion by transcending its conventions, creating an uncomplicated luxury that changed women’s lives forever. She followed no rules, epitomising the very modern values of freedom, passion and feminine elegance.
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CHANEL has continued this glorious heritage of creation, playing fearlessly with Coco’s radical legacy, offering a vision for the future of the House that is as memorable as its past.