Splendid notions for the Yuletide abound in the shops
Passion from Paris
Parisian jewellery brand Les Nereides and its playful sister N2 now have a store in Bangkok, at Groove at CentralWorld.
The Nereides lines are classic, elegant and feminine in the French style and inspired by the seasons, cats and dogs, insects and little flowers, and the grace of ballet dancers.
N2 is geared to girls who are active, curious and follow the latest trends in fashion, art and music. There are collections inspired by “Alice in Wonderland”, “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel”, while others play with animals and fruit.
Real trees at Ikea
Ikea’s 2014 Xmas Collection honours traditional and welcomes the modern in decorations, candles and candleholders, textiles, tableware and much more in the tones of the season – red, silver and gold.
There is also, of course, a nod to Swedish culture, in lively Vinterfint wineglasses and snack bowls. For a bright touch in the dining room, there’s a scarlet Harfin candle and holder, a Vintermys candelabra and block candle, and a Strala LED lantern.
The young ones will enjoy putting the Vinterkul pastry cutter to good use in the kitchen, making cookies in the shape of stars, crowns, moustaches and bows. Another cutter set is available for making Swedish-style gingerbread houses – and you should also be wearing the bright red kitchen apron.
Ikea is again importing Swedish pine trees in two sizes – 1.6 and two metres tall. Take the tree back to Ikea Bangna anytime from December 26 to January 14 so it can be recycled and you get a gift card for 50 per cent of the price of the tree.
Find out more at www.Ikea.co.th.
Luxury defined at Gaysorn
Luxury items from home and abroad that are celebrated for their distinctive design are catching the eyes of shoppers at Gaysorn, including clothes and accessories bearing patterns that exude a sense of art and aesthetics in the tiniest details.
Women looking for a bag with ingenuity will love the chic clutch from Porshz by the Thai firm Collage. It’s an interesting combination of materials – galvanised silver enveloped in white and black silk and strikingly decorated with crystals and feathers. It makes you feel like you’re carrying a work of art. Rings in a matching design are also available.
For men, Boss has the Manfredy IT Bag, lightweight in calfskin with an adjustable shoulder strap that goes well with Scandinavian-style suits, and Stokko classic Oxford shoes also of calfskin, with a decorative brogue stripe.
Discerning travellers yearn for a Leica X camera, magnesium at front and rear and anodised aluminium on the top and base. With fast sensors and lenses that promise natural colour reproduction and crisp details, the Leica X can also record full-HD video. It’s available with black leather fixtures on a black body or brown on silver.
That Tory time of year
Sharing the appeal of vintage jewellery and the allure of travel, Tory Burch wristwatches boast decorative fretwork and clever geometric details, along with a Saffiano leather strap and the “double T” logo.
The Tory is classic sporty style with a round case and bold bracelet. It’s versatile in two sizes. The Buddy Classic is vintage-inspired with a polished square case in smooth, gold-tone stainless steel.
Graphic and modern, the Izzie features a bold square case inlaid with geometric fretwork – a signature design element of the brand.
Kiehl’s wraps it up
Kiehl’s has 14 gift-wrapped sets suitable for everyone on your shopping list, the packages designed by graphic-art duo Craig & Karl (Craig Redman and Karl Maier), the latest holiday collaborators following Jeff Koons, Kenny Scharf and Eric Haze.
Your skin will be lovingly restored with the Anti-ageing moisturiser set with Corrective Cream, Ultra-light UV Defence, Eye-opening Serum and Line-reducing Concentrate. Men can be pampered too with an energising Daily Sun Shield set including Facial UV guard, Facial Fuel and Line-reducing Concentrate. The lip balm set, Kiehl’s bestseller, is always available.