It’s out with the mass manufactured stuff, and in with the personalized experience. Custom-made goods are always cool, especially when you don’t have to worry about bumping into someone else wearing/carrying the exact same thing as you. So to get your craft on, try out these three new workshops that’ll teach you everything from how to arrange your own floral bouquet to creating a bespoke scent to designing a pattern for your clutch.
Floral workshops are a dime a dozen, but this one’s rather affordable, with $50-$80 options like fresh bouquets, box or basket arrangements, and preserved flower styles. It’s an easy introduction to the world of blooms, and each session caters to everyone from hopeless romantics to clueless amateur artists.
Dear Deer also hosts face painting classes ($150/three hours), during which you can practice your animal, superhero, or princess crown drawings on one another (and have fun laughing at each other while you’re at it).
All materials and light bites are provided for both options, and you can even weave the activities into your bridal shower party if you’d like.
A homegrown brand that advocates for sustainability and local craftswomen, Looms makes one-of-a-kind art pieces that are turned into arm candy by its collective of artisans, who hand-stitch each and every one of the products.
To create your own bespoke piece, sign up for the twice a month workshop and arrive ready for a session of therapeutic art. Using “harvested threads” from scrap fabrics, you’ll create your own design on a piece of felt, which will then be treated with “post-consumer” bubble wrap, transformed into a clutch or a wallet, and delivered to you in about two to three weeks’ time.
The class itself is chill and relaxing, and no art experience or expertise is required — everyone’s entitled to their own patterns and creations, even if it ends up more abstract than anything else.
Parisian perfumery Maison 21G has landed in Singapore, bringing perfume concentrate straight to customers keen on customizing their own scent. Helmed by Johanna Monange, who’s been in the biz for two decades, the brand’s new Duxton Road space is sleek and scented.
Its line of 33 perfume concentrates come from a variety of sustainable, natural, and cruelty-free sources, and each single-ingredient one costs $69. But if you’d like a fragrance unique to you, take the personality quiz on Maison 21G’s website to find out your “scent style”, and you’ll receive three scent combination suggestions for three different occasions. With that information, take a whiff around the table of scents, find your two favorites to blend for the same price tag of $69, and have it concocted on the spot.
Taking the custom-made experience further, the brand uses UV printing tech to let customers pick their preferred photo, design, or text to go on the bottle. But if you’d rather DIY at home, order the Soul Case to get two mini droppers of your perfume concentrate for you to mix into your bottle.
The workshops here include a couples’ session ($269/pair), where you’ll find out which scents your partner gravitates to, a “Scents and Friends” option ($99/person) for bigger groups of buddies interested in mixing their own elixirs, and a bridal version ($80/person) of the workshop for at least six friends, complete with confetti poppers, balloons, and champagne.
To get really exclusive, try for the one-on-one atelier with Johanna ($1,500 for 8 scents) and learn all you ever wanted to know about perfumes.
77 Duxton Rd. 6226-2677. Mon-Sat noon-8pm.
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