I was introduced to ButtonNStitch about a year ago. They are one of the rare e-commerce sites in Singapore which targets males instead of females.
ButtonNStitch‘s focus is on formal dress shirts; with attention to details on the choice of fabric and cut, at a reasonable price.
They do not make bespoke shirts like CYC, but they do offer a variety in style, carrying straight and slim cut formal shirts for every style listed on their site.
ButtonNStitch has a very user-friendly navigation environment. For men, there are just a few key items to take note of when buying a formal shirt – size (in inches), fit (slim or straight), colour and pattern on the fabric. All these options are available on the left-hand side bar on the site:
To me, ButtonNStitchfeels like the Japanese no-frills express haircut services in the online world, catering to the same group of time-starved, wallet-conscious, yet style-demanding urban men.
The site holds regular sale. Hence do check back for discounts.
The business is based in Singapore and they use Singapore Post (Free) and DHL Express (Chargeble) to handle your dress shirt package and ensure timely delivery. Dress shirts purchased for standard delivery will be free of charge. If you opt for express international delivery via DHL, actual cost of carriage will be billed to you. You will be informed of the cost for express delivery and will be required to agree to pay such costs before confirming your purchase.
The one-night only signature mall event presented exclusive treats for shoppers, from live entertainment to roving fashion shows, special in-store activities and many retailer offers. Lucky shoppers also walked away with 250 gift redemptions from Oroton, Pandora, Penhaligon’s, TODAI, as well as tickets to the upcoming Starlight Express show by Andrew Lloyd Webber showing 13-24 November at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands.
The night saw a brilliant display of two roving fashion shows featuring the season’s latest trends from 18 participating retailers at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
The two roving fashion shows throughout the night displayed the season’s latest trends from 18 fashion labels at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Participating retailers were 6Five Barcode, adidas, Anne Fontaine, Evisu, Germain, Guess, Harley Davidson, Ferrari, iROO, Juicy Couture, Marisfrolg, Miss Sixty, MOISELLE, N.Tyler, Salon by Surrender, Tommy Hilfiger Denim, Pashma and Porsche Design:
Shoppers also grooved to the best beats at the VIP Party Bar with special guest DJs from KU DE TA Joshua (Head Resident DJ) and DJ Deepak (Resident DJ) helming the decks. Live music acts including Jazz at The Shoppes and a string quartet performance also injected smooth vibes, lending a soothing respite to all.
Amidst the shopping extravaganza, shoppers get to enjoy complimentary champagne upon arrival, free popcorn and candy floss. Two mock photo studios set up by LUMEN gave fashionistas a glimpse into all the excitement that takes place behind the scenes of a fashion photo shoot.
British fragrance house Penhaligon’s also launched its new perfume – the Iris Prima – on VIP Fashion Night. The Iris Prima is an elegant scent that offers a fascinating glimpse into the magical world of ballet:
Come 9 to 19 October, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands will present Fashion Week 2013, its largest ever fashion show on property over an 11-day extravaganza. Organised by FIDé Fashion Weeks, the highly anticipated fashion event will see over 30 inspiring presentations of Men’s and Women’s Prêt-à-Porter and Couture labels that are set to blaze Asia’s fashion scene. Get your tickets now. (Tickets start from S$20 for a single show)
Iwai-san is the man who brought the no-frills salon concept of QB House into Singapore and Hong Kong.
Naoki Yoshihara by Ashis the first salon by Ash in Asia. Ash is a large Japanese hair salon chain with over 100 shops in Japan. Naoki Yoshihara by Ash, is named after the founder of Ash, Mr Naoki Yoshihara. For the highest service quality assurance, all stylists at the salon are trained in Japan and certified by Mr Naoki Yoshihara himself.
The salon is newly open and is running promotional discounts till end of Sep 2013 (click on image to enlarge):
The treatment I experienced was Shiseido’s The Hair Care Fuente Forte for Scalp Care. The whole treatment process took about 50 mins including three rounds of washing and scalp massages. You can choose to go for either the hot or cold scalp treatment using the same products; except one will make scalp feels cool while the other warms it. I went for the cool version and I really did feel the icy coldness.
What the treatment does is to nurture the scalp for the long-term health of the hair. Fuente Forte contains Shisedo’s original Cell Maturation Agent which enhances the scalp’s barrier function and increases its resistance to local problems like roughness, dandruff and itchiness.
My scalp did feel rejuvenated after the very cosy treatment (so comfortable that I nearly fell asleep in the middle of the scalp massage). I have oily skin and my scalp condition isn’t too good. I monitor it for the next couple of days after the treatment and it did not feel as greasy and itchy as it always does.
The normal price for this treatment is at S$130, price inclusive of the stylist’s time as well as the products costs. For readers of this blog, simply print out this blog post or show the stylist this blog page on your smartphone or tablet to enjoy the special promotional package of S$650 for 5 times treatment + 2 free treatment for just S$500.This works out to just S$71.40 per treatment (a whopping 45% saving from the normal price)! This promotion ends 30 Sep 2013.
Oh, and if you are curious about my haircut, I am very satisfied with their service:
I have stiff hair that protrudes naturally like Wolverine on the two sides of my head, about five fingers above my ears. The stylist was able to catch that and patiently sculpted my hair to a rounder shape, getting rid of the protruding bits.
We had S$200 prepaid value in the card and were on a mission to attempt shopping for one full evening without swiping any other cards or using any cash for payments.
We decided to visit Haji Lane, following one of four specially curated GSS shopping trails which MasterCard had designed for shoppers. Visit pricelesssingapore.com/gss to find out more about the trails (note that you have to be a Priceless Singapore member to access the trail pages).
Once an empty street of pre-war shophouses, Haji Lane has been given a new lease of life by local designers and young entrepreneurs who have set up their quaint boutiques proffering fashionable wear and products boasting made-in-Singapore designs. Here, you will find excellent vintage shops selling an array of contemporary, quirky garments and accessories as well as local boutiques by up-and-coming designers that have been refurbished in their own unique style. Just a street away, you’ll find textile shops that have been in business since the 1950s! There’s a raw, energetic vibe that’s worlds away from the polished international stores which makes Haji Lane so undeniably fascinating.
Rachel and I were looking for hidden gems in Haji Lane:
At the end of the day, Rachel bought a skirt (S$49), a cardigan (S$59) and a necklace (S$19) which left us with S$73:
We then headed to Bugis Junction for dinner at Platypus Kitchen. The dinner bill came up to S$60+ for the two of us and Asher, leaving S$6.50 in the our MasterCard PayPass card. Mission accomplished!
The entire experience of shopping with the MasterCard PayPass prepaid cardwas pretty seamless. As the card can be accepted in any stores that take MasterCard payment, it is accepted nearly everywhere in Singapore.
I enjoyed shopping with the card, but there are still some limitations to the technology and user experience which I hope MasterCard will be able to iron out soon.
Note that the card holds two prepaid value – as it is also an EZ-link card, there is also the EZ-link value which is not the same as the MasterCard value. For instance, when I use the card, if the merchant mistakenly use the EZ-link payment terminal instead of the MasterCard payment terminal, they will tell me that my card has zero value as I did not top up anything for the EZ-link value. This is despite the fact that there is S$200 in value on MasterCard.
Also, it is easy to confuse card “activation” and card “registration” on the official website. Activation refers to registering the card for payment, based on the prepaid value given if you received it as a gift card. Registration refers to registering your personal particulars with the card so you can top up the card and continue using it as a MasterCard when you exhaust the initial prepaid value. As of writing, I have been unable to register two MasterCard PayPass cards. I have tried registering on multiple web browsers on both Mac and PC, but to no avail. When I wrote in to highlight the problem, I was alerted of a technical glitch on the website and was asked to register via mobile. I gave up on registering the cards. Let me know if you have better luck.
Last of all, note that the MasterCard value cannot be taken out in cash until the expiry date stated on the front of the card. Even so, there is a S$5 administration fee and you have to cash out within a limited period. Do note that the card cannot be used for making payment if the bill amount is larger than the value in your card – eg. you cannot pay for a S$5.10 item if you have only S$5.00 in your card. Hence you need to plan your expenses carefully to use it to the very last cent.
Rachel and I managed to exhaust one card to just 10 cents in value and the other card to S$6.50.
I am sharing all these details here as it took me a while to figure all these out and I hope the information would help others to enjoy a more seamless experience shopping with the MasterCard PayPass Card. Happy shopping. 🙂