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Sephora Singapore Partners With Atome In Offering Buy Now, Pay Later Payments
French prestige beauty retail giant integrates Atome’s flexible payments across its e-commerce website, mobile app and brick & mortar stores in Singapore
SINGAPORE, 18 November 2020 — French prestige beauty retail giant Sephora Singapore has partnered with buy now pay later service Atome to offer customers flexible payment options across its e-commerce website, mobile app and brick & mortar stores in Singapore.
Sephora is the world’s leading prestige beauty retailer with over 2,600 stores in 38 markets, offering customers a unique retail experience with innovative services and nearly 300 beauty brands, including Sephora’s own brand, Sephora Collection. In Singapore, Sephora has 12 physical outlets, an e-commerce website and mobile app, which offer a range of products including makeup, skincare, fragrance, haircare, bath and body and more.
Alia Gogi, President of Sephora Asia, said: “The shopping behaviour and profile of Sephora customers has evolved in the last few years, but especially so this year. They now not only expect a secure, seamless and easy payment experience but also flexibility and choice in how they shop and pay for their beauty products online, on mobile and in-stores. We’re delighted to partner with Atome in introducing ‘buy now pay later’ flexible payment options to first our Singapore -- and later Malaysian -- customers, enhancing their shopping experience both online and in our stores.”
Atome, a leading “buy now pay later” technology company headquartered in Singapore, launched its service in December 2019 and now partners 1,500 online and offline retailers across verticals including fashion, beauty, homeware and lifestyle. Atome allows customers to split their purchases into three equal payments over time with zero interest, hidden charges or annual fees. Atome has since expanded to Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Vietnam.
David Chen, CEO of Atome, said: “We’re really humbled to partner Sephora, a global brand that is not only a leader in beauty and retail, but is also constantly evolving and staying on the forefront of the latest consumer shopping behaviours and payment trends. We’re thrilled to be able to offer Sephora customers in Singapore, and later Malaysia, a safe, easy and flexible payment experience, especially as we enter the festive end-of-year shopping season.”
Founded in 1970, Sephora is a visionary beauty-retail concept founded in France by Dominique Mandonnaud. In 1997, it was acquired by luxury conglomerate, LVMH as a way to become the world’s largest retailer of perfumes and beauty. Beauty is written in Sephora’s DNA, and Sephora has since earned its reputation as a beauty trailblazer globally. In 2008, Sephora made its debut in SEA by launching its first retail store in Singapore. In 2015, Sephora acquired Luxola, with a vision to build its e-commerce arm in the SEA region. Today, with 100+ stores in the region, Sephora has established itself as a leader in beauty retail, with true omni-channel presence across South East Asia and Oceania key markets: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong SAR, India and Indonesia. The presence also extends to E-commerce first markets like the Philippines. Sephora SEA carries an unparalleled assortment of international brands such as Fenty Beauty and Huda Beauty; cult brands like Tarte Cosmetics and Urban Decay, as well as Pixi and Glamglow. Driven by the idea of offering consumers a seamless, omni buying experience, Sephora SEA continues to reach beauty enthusiasts through multi-channel touch points.
Atome is a leading buy now pay later brand in Asia, partnering online and offline retailers to increase conversions and grow average orders and customer segments. For consumers, Atome offers choice, convenience and flexibility in how they choose to shop and pay. Atome is part of Advance Intelligence Group, a Series-C AI-driven technology company in Asia-Pacific headquartered in Singapore, with operations across Southeast Asia, India and China. Advance Intelligence Group is part of a consortium applying for Singapore's digital wholesale banking licence and was recently ranked No. 5 on LinkedIn’s 2020 Top Startups List in Singapore.
‘TIS THE SEASON TO SURPRISE AND DELIGHT, NESPRESSO
WELCOMES YOU TO CASA NESPRESSO
Launching its latest Limited Edition coffee range, Variations Italia
with a selection of must-have accessories
Kuala Lumpur, 16 November 2020 — This holiday season, Nespresso is opening its Casa Nespresso doors, arming coffee lovers with an array of appealing gifts for the holidays. A season dedicated to generosity and indulgence, Nespresso believes there is no better time to bring people together and treat your loved ones with the gift of Nespresso. Whether you’re writing your own wish list or wanting to surprise your nearest and dearest, CasaNespresso will be sure to inspire your gifting this season.
To celebrate, Nespresso is launching its Variations Italia Limited Edition coffee range. Inspired by the traditions of Italy, Nespresso’s Variations Italia is a homage to true Italian hospitality, celebrating those warm, soft-hearted moments spent with loved ones during the holidays. This year’s coffees are influenced by the traditional Italian flavours of regional sweet treats, including hazelnut cake and amaretti. With two flavoured coffees, one non-flavoured coffee and a range of accessories, Nespresso’s festive coffee offer caters for all this holiday season.
Surprise and delight your taste buds with Nespresso’s Variations Italia coffee range
Variations Italia Amaretti Flavour
Amaretti are traditional Italian biscuits made using ground almonds, egg whites and sugar, giving them their unmistakeable bittersweet taste. Coffee lovers can expect, in this flavoured coffee, almond and vanilla notes layered with South American Arabica’s lingering cereal character, giving it a zesty fruit note.
Variations Italia Torta di Nocciole Flavour
Variations Italia Torta di Nocciole Flavour coffee fills out the South American Arabicas’ lasting cereal taste with notes of toasted hazelnut and vanilla. Like coffee and cake, this espresso is a warm and welcoming treat to celebrate the moment together.
Il Caffè takes you right to the heart of the classic Italian espresso experience. Vietnamese and Indonesian Washed Robustas graced with a little Colombian Arabica hit that punchy combination of smooth, velvety taste and roasty, cereal aromas.
Make those Nespresso moments last longer — discover Nespresso’s latest accessories
Along with these indulgent coffees, Nespresso has also launched a range of coffee and homeware accessories, that elevate those special coffee moments spent at home and make for delightful gifts this holiday season.
A Festive Coffee Countdown
Give the gift of time with Nespresso’s 2020 Variations Italia advent calendar. This coffee countdown allows Nespressofans to enjoy a Nespresso coffee each day from 1 to 23 December and a gift on 24 December. The Nespresso Festive Advent Calendar will be sure to bring excitement to any household ahead of the big day.
Curl up and get cosy with the Nespresso Lume Collection
Designed by Milanese designer Federica Biasi, the new Lume Collection is a refreshing twist on the traditional white porcelain coffee cup set. Its timeless, organic shape aims to bring a sense of cosiness and warmth, creating a true moment of coffee indulgence.
The word Lumeis Italian for light, which is what Federica Biasi aims to portray through this collection. The delicate design and white matte finish creates a touch of luxury, making it a perfect gift for any coffee lover.
The permanent collection comes in two sizes, Gran Lungo (270ml) and Cappuccino (180ml).
For those looking for a sleek storage solution for their Nespresso capsules, Federica Biasi has also designed an accompanying LumeMia capsule dispenser. The transparent design creates a luminous sparkle to your capsules, suiting any kitchen counter space.
A gift for you, a gift for me
Nespresso is also offering luxury limited edition gifts that are only available to coffee lovers with select purchases. So, if you’re treating someone else, you too can also treat yourself and take something home from the Casa Nespresso.
Holidays on the go with Nespresso’s Limited Edition Touch and Nomad Travel Mugs
For coffee lovers who just don’t stop, Nespresso Limited Edition Touch Travel Mugis a great companion for any journey, whether it’s running for the last train or a long journey to see family for the holidays. This stylish laser engraved travel mug will keep your Nespresso coffee warm and its double insulation means that your hands will stay cool. Besides that, coffee lovers can also enjoy their coffee wherever and whenever they want with the Nespresso Nomad Travel Mug — a perfect accompaniment as you go around town with the convenience of its simple push-to-open button.
A limited-edition coffee machine, the ideal gift for your loved ones this Festive season.
If you are looking to introduce your coffee-loving friends or family to the world of Nespresso, what better way than to gift them a beautiful, bold, yet minimalistic Nespresso machine this holiday season? With the Limited-edition Essenza Mini Matte Black, one of Nespresso’s classic machine designs coated with a sleek matte black exterior, it is the perfect gift for Espresso or Lungo coffee drinkers.
Prepare the perfect surprise for your loved ones this Festive season
The Nespresso Variations Italiarange is priced at RM27 per sleeve, while the Limited-edition Essenza Mini Matte Black is priced at RM599. To make the festive season even more special, NespressoMalaysia is offering gift bundles for Nespresso Club Members, which will be available from 7 December 2020 to 10 January 2021:
· Nespresso Festive Advent Calendar + RM20 Nespresso Club Credits, priced at RM175
· Nespresso Limited Edition Touch Travel Mug + Festive Variations Italia 10-sleeve pack + RM30 Nespresso Club Credits, priced at RM249
· Nespresso Nomad Travel Mug + Festive Variations Italia 10-sleeve pack + RM30 Nespresso Club Credits, priced at RM299
The new coffee range, machine and various accessories will be available at the Nespresso Boutiques at The Gardens Mall and One Utama Shopping Centre, as well as online and via the Nespressomobile app from 16 November 2020.
Explore Casa Nespressoto see the full festive range including machines, coffee recipes and accessories, and take your gifting ideas to the next level at www.nespresso.com, or contact our customer service at 1800-80-7001 for delivery services. To discover more about Nespresso Malaysia, check out our official Instagram page (@nespresso.my) or Facebook page (Nespresso.MY) to receive updates on our latest offerings.
About Nestlé Nespresso SA
Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned coffee. The company works with more than 110,000 farmers in 14 countries through its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program to embed sustainability practices on farms and the surrounding landscapes. Launched in 2003 in collaboration with The Rainforest Alliance, the program helps to improve the yield and quality of harvests, ensuring a sustainable supply of high quality coffee and improving livelihoods of farmers and their communities.
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 84 countries and has 14,250 employees. In 2019, it operated a global retail network of 810 boutiques. For more information, visit the Nespressocorporate website: www.nestle-nespresso.com.
November 2020 – Global sports brand PUMA has released the new RS-2K, inspired by the digital world of Internet Exploring. Influenced by our high level of technology and the art of innovation the shoe is made for those who are inspired by reinvention and who always strive at moving forward.
With the internet and Y2K as its inspiration, the new RS-2K is a shoe designed to blend the early 2000s influence with a futuristic aesthetic. Featuring a richly layered upper and disruptive tooling, this silhouette includes a mesh and synthetic overlay, bursting in bright tones with a mix of suede, leather and cushioned inner lining to ensure comfort and ease. These vibrant colourways, Dark Shadow-Fluo Green and a retail exclusive, Vaporous Gray-Puma Black-Dresden Blue, these vibrant shades signifies pays tribute to the rise of the virtual era.
PUMA RS-2K ACTIVITIES
Sunday, 1stNovember to Wednesday, 11th November
Relishing the mechanics of the internet, receive RM30 PUMA LazMall voucher upon purchase of a pair of RS-2K (no min. spend) from 1 – 11 November, exclusively on PUMA’s Flagship Store on Lazada. Redemptions can be done so on Lazada from 12 – 26 November.
Thursday, 19thNovember to Wednesday, 25th November
Furthermore, as an appreciation for the past, PUMA will also be organising a social media contest on Facebook, titled “Guess the sounds from the 2000s” and stand a chance to win a pair of PUMA’s RS-2K.
Enter a new realm and step up into the future with PUMA’s RS-2K. It will be available from 1st November on PUMA.com , PUMA Stores and JD sports at RM 569.
PUMA is one of the world’s leading Sports Brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. For more than 70 years, PUMA has relentlessly pushed sport and culture forward by creating fast products for the world’s fastest athletes. PUMA offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running and Training, Basketball, Golf, and Motorsports. It collaborates with renowned designers and brands to bring sport influences into street culture and fashion. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and stichd. The company distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 16,000 people worldwide, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany. www.about.puma.com
Arts House Limited Organisers Of The Singapore International Festival of Arts
Just like the opening line of Queen's rock anthem Bohemian Rhapsody "Is this the real life? Is this the Fantasy?", it sure feels like we've been living in an alternate universe. To help you escape from this fantasy/nightmare of having no live performances nor international travel, we invite you to join our virtual rhapsody with SIFA v2.020's lineup of musical programmes available online.
From full-length concerts staged in past festivals, to exclusive live-streamed performances, and even Spotify playlists of song recommendations, enjoy these offerings from the comfort of your own home:
Available from now to 15 November, Free
#ICYMI, catch Varsha's passionate performance that took place in SIFA 2019. The Singaporean jazz band, known for blending Indian culture with diverse musical genres, premiered new original compositions, along with the group’s arrangements of classic jazz standards during this sold-out show.
Available till 31 December, Free
After an acoustic performance of some of their original songs, join Varsha for an introspective conversation as they discuss their musical identity, song-writing process, what makes them tick and why the band loves masala tea and sambar
Available now to 29 November, Ticketed
Slated to originally perform this past May as part of SIFA 2020, join the Quintet from Ensemble intercontemporarain for their Singapore debut performance, albeit online. This 60-minute programme also includes a Q&A with the talented musicians!
Available from 18 November to 6 December, Ticketed
This special edition of "Unboxing New Music" will feature "Sounds of Asia", a full-length digital concert celebrating the rich diversity of Asian composers, including established Malaysian composer Yii Kah Hoe; storied Korean composer Isang Yun; Canadian composer Claude Vivier; and award-winning Singaporean composer Koh Cheng Jin. It also launches the newly-minted Singaporean group, Ensemble Æquilibrium.
Sophisticated cicchetti and narrative-led cocktails by Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants
BANGKOK, NOVEMBER 2020 – Channelling the elegance of a well-heeled traveller with a soft spot for la sua preferita Italy, Ms.Jigger comes to life as a narrative-driven cocktail bar and restaurant. As the connoisseur of curiosities, the venue conjures up inventive cocktail flavours and dining experiences at Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok in Langsuan, the first property under IHG’s luxury boutique brand in South East Asia.
“Every Kimpton restaurant and bar is created to be warm, welcoming and inspiring with incredible cuisine and forward-thinking cocktails. Whether it is menus that celebrate organic, local ingredients, artisanal wine and cocktails programmes, or thoughtfully-appointed interiors with stylish decor, no two venues are ever alike. What unites them is the Kimpton commitment to deliver its heartfelt, human connections, making our award-winning restaurants beloved the world over.” said Patrick Both, General Manager, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok.
The rich, warm aromas of baking dough crusts, fresh oregano and melted cheese waft through the evening air, a precursor to the tantalising cicchetti that provide delicious accompaniment to Ms.Jigger’s artful drink selection. In the kitchen, famed Italian chef Danilo Aiassa combines the freshest local ingredients with traditional culinary techniques and influences from Piedmont in northwest Italy, where he was born and raised, to create tantalising fare bursting with authentic Italian flavours. In the kitchen as much as he is in the restaurant, Chef Danilo feeds and fuels the ambience with the passion for the food he creates. Made for sharing amongst friends, each dish comes in small tasting portions.
“The vision for Ms.Jigger is that of adventure, intrigue and prandial pleasure. From the Kimpton philosophy of sourcing locally to using the freshest of ingredients to make authentic Italian cichettis just right for sharing, the intimate setting of Ms.Jigger flows all the way down to the great food and story-driven cocktails said Danilo Aiassa, Head Chef, Ms. Jigger, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok.
In true Venetian fashion, whet the appetite with a refreshing bruschetta starter of Homemade Ricotta Spianata Romana, toasted sourdough bread slathered with housemade Ricotta cheese, spicy salami and fresh chopped parsley, chased by a crisp Italian white. As conversations take a livelier turn, nibble on Polpette al Sugo Piccante con Pecorino Romano, moreish meatballs with spicy tomato sauce and pecorino cheese, or Arancini Funghi Selvatici e Tartufo, a crispy treat of risotto rice with a hidden kick of wild mushrooms and black truffles in every bite. Alternatively, select the 24-Month Parma Ham, an authentic hand-tossed pizza served with creamy mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and succulent slices of parma ham, aged for 24 months for a richer, more complex flavour and perfect for sharing.
In the bar, led by Thai-French head bartender Lorianne Spach, the bar crew are embodiments of Ms.Jigger’s cosmopolitan spirit. Together, they are responsible for creating and delivering exquisite cocktails that immerse drinkers in the stories held within their glasses. The bar’s premium artisanal ice programme, where the crew uses a Clinebell to create pure, diamond-clear ice that is harder and colder than regular ice, elevates the flavours and aesthetics of the cocktails.
The cocktail menu is styled after a vintage map describing the tale behind each captivating concoction. The Terra-Abruzzo paints a dreamy picture of a slow, barefoot wander through an ancestral Italian vineyard; its aromatic blend of Alpine gin, pine liqueur, green chartreuse, rosemary and raspberry oleo evoke memories of late summer days and sun-warmed skin. Meanwhile, familiar cocktails are offered Shaken (lighter, usually with citrus) or Stirred (more spirit forward).
Bespoke, single-batch and rare spirits collected from around the world line the bar’s back shelves which doubles up as the ‘Spirits Library’, while a floor-to-ceiling wine cooler brimming with organic, biodynamic and Italian wines takes centre stage under the gaze of the resident sommelier. Elegant spirit and cocktail Tableside Trolleys glide across hardwood floors to deliver the quintessential bar experience to guests, while larger carafes and punch bowls serve groups cocooned within the private terrace.
Ms.Jigger is open from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch and from 5:30pm to midnight for dinner, Monday to Sunday (closed on Tuesdays). Reservations can be made at +66 (0)2 056 9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.kimptonmaalaibangkok.com/bangkok-restaurants/ms-jigger.
IHG has a long-standing commitment to rigorous cleaning procedures at all its hotels worldwide. This is being extended with additional COVID-19 protocols and best practices, in partnership with industry leading experts Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab and Diversey, as well as introducing the IHG Clean Promise. For more information, please visit http://www.ihg.com/clean.
CONNAUGHT BAR IN LONDON IS NAMED THE WORLD’S BEST BAR, SPONSORED BY PERRIER, AS THE WORLD’S 50 BEST BARS LIST 2020 IS REVEALED
* Connaught Bar, London, ranks No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 and is also The Best Bar in Europe, sponsored by Perrier
* The 2020 list features bars from 23 countries, with 11 new entries spread across Australia, Colombia, Greater China, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and UK
• Drinks sector activist and educator Ashtin Berry is named the Roku Industry Icon
• Alquímico, Cartagena, clinches Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award
• Tayēr + Elementary, London, secures Disaronno Highest New Entry Award
• Coa in Hong Kong takes Nikka Highest Climber Award
• High Five, Tokyo, is named Heering Legend of The List
• Kwānt, London, is awarded London Essence Best New Opening Award
• Dante, New York, is The Best Bar in North America, sponsored by Asahi Super Dry
• Atlas, Singapore, is The Best Bar in Asia, sponsored by Rémy Martin
• Maybe Sammy, Sydney, is The Best Bar in Australasia, sponsored by Torres Brandy
• Zuma, Dubai, is The Best Bar in the Middle East and Africa, sponsored by Matusalem
• Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires, is The Best Bar in South America, sponsored by iichiko Saiten
Other special awards announced in the run-up to the event on 5th November include Maybe Sammy, Sydney, winner of Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award; Galaxy Bar, Dubai, winner of Campari One To Watch Award; and Renato ‘Tato’ Giovannoni of Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires, winner of Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award. The 51-100 list 2020, presented in association with Mancino Vermouth, was released the week before the virtual ceremony.
The list of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020, sponsored by Perrier, was announced in an online awards ceremony on 5th November at 3pm UK time. During extensive consultations with industry figures, its Academy Chairs, bar owners, bartenders and partners, the 50 Best organisation received widespread support for releasing a ranking that aims to bind the community even closer together and provide positive news for bars as they enter the next stage of recovery from the global pandemic.
The 12th edition of the annual ranking features bars from 23 countries and sees London’s Connaught Bar clinch the No.1 spot and take home The World’s Best Bar and The Best Bar in Europe awards.
Under the masterful leadership of Agostino Perrone, the venue’s Director of Mixology, Connaught Bar stays true to its principles of presenting artful drinks with graceful service in an elegant setting. Designed by the late David Collins, the Cubist-inspired bar celebrated its 10th year in 2018 and is known for its unique Martini trolley, where bartenders give a personalised drinks experience to guests.
At No.2 is last year’s winner Dante, New York, which also takes The Best Bar in North America title, sponsored by Asahi Super Dry. Coming in at No.3 is The Clumsies, Athens, while Singapore’s Atlas lands at No.4 and is The Best Bar in Asia, sponsored by Rémy Martin.
Mark Sansom, Content Editor for The World’s 50 Best Bars, says: “We want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the venues on the 2020 list of The World’s 50 Best Bars. We are continually heartened by the industry’s resilience and positivity as countries continue to operate in varying degrees of recovery. Hats off to Connaught Bar, undoubtedly one of the finest cocktail bars of our time. The institution has earned a place on the list every year since 2010 and it has gradually grown in stature to become the world-beating bar it is today. Ago Perrone and his team are dedicated to excellence and look at every element of the guest experience to choreograph a faultless service. The Martinis aren’t bad, either.”
“We at 50 Best hope that the announcement of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 will act as a show of strength for the global bar community. It displays to the world that even in the face of the ever-shifting challenges and restrictions being thrown at them, bars are still doing everything that they can to continue to provide great hospitality experiences. As we move into the next stages of international recovery, it is vital to get the message out that bars are open for business and ready to receive guests safely and securely.”
Elisa Gregori, Perrier International Business Unit Director, says: “On behalf of Perrier – and as the leading partner of The World’s 50 Best Bars and 50 Best for Recovery – we feel proud of the strong collaboration, solidarity and funds we have raised together helping the heart of international bar community. This year, we are particularly proud to show our appreciation to all the bars that have made the list during such a hard time. The pandemic has heavily impacted the entire hospitality industry and the situation remains shaped by uncertainty, yet the industry is adapting quickly and we believe it will return stronger after these difficult times.”
Europe (21 bars) The UK leads Europe with nine bars on the list and Connaught Bar as The Best Bar in Europe, sponsored by Perrier. London’s Tayēr + Elementary wins Disaronno Highest New Entry Award at No.5 and Kwānt clinches London Essence Best New Opening at No.6. Other London bars on the list include American Bar at No.20, Lyaness at No.29, Swift at No.33, Three Sheets at No.34 and Artesian at No.41. Edinburgh’s Panda & Sons (New Entry) completes the UK’s showing at No.32.
Greece sees two bars from Athens on the list, The Clumsies with a record-high position at No.3 and Baba au Rum at No.31; while Spain takes three spots with Barcelona’s Paradiso at No.19 and Two Schmucks(New Entry) at No.26, as well as Madrid’s Salmón Gurú at No.22. Italy boasts two bars, with Milan’s 1930 at No.25 and Rome’s Drink Kong (New Entry and last year’s Campari One To Watch) at No.45.
France, Russia, Norway, Sweden and Germany each have one bar on the list, with Paris’ Little Red Door at No.24, St Petersburg’s El Copitas at No.27, Oslo’s Himkok at No.30, Stockholm’s Tjoget at No.36, and Berlin’s Buck & Breck at No.37.
North and South America (10 bars) New York’s Dante is The Best Bar in North America, sponsored by Asahi Super Dry, at No.2 in the global ranking. Four other bars from New York make the list this year, including Attaboy at No.12, Nomad Bar at No.13, Katana Kitten at No.16 and Employees Only at No.38.
Florería Atlántico in Buenos Aires places No.7 and is named The Best Bar in South America,sponsored by iichiko Saiten. This is followed by Mexico City’s Licorería Limantour at No.17, Lima’s Carnaval at No.21, Cartegena’s Alquímico (New Entry and Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award winner) at No.47 and Buenos Aires’ Presidente at No.50.
Asia (15 bars) Singapore’s Atlas at No.4 is The Best Bar in Asia, sponsored by Rémy Martin. Also from Singapore, Jigger & Pony places No.9, while Manhattan and Native take No.14 and No.18 spots respectively.
China leads the way in Asia with five bars on the list, including Hong Kong’s Coa at No.8 (Nikka Highest Climber Award) and The Old Man at No.15. Shanghai’s Sober Company is placed at No.42, and from Taipei, Indulge Experimental Bistro is at No.43 while Room by Le Kief (New Entry) enters the list at No.46.
Japan sees three bars from Tokyo on the list, including The SG Club at No.10, Bar Benfiddich (New Entry) at No.40 and High Five at No.48. Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea host one new bar each on the list, namely Bangkok’s The Bamboo Bar (New Entry) at No.35, Kuala Lumpur’s Bar Trigona (New Entry) at No.44 and Seoul’s Charles H (New Entry) at No.49.
Australia (3 bars) and Middle East (1 bar) Australia places three bars from Sydney, with Maybe Sammy taking The Best Bar in Australasia, sponsored by Torres Brandy, at No.11; Cantina OK! (New Entry) at No.28; and Bulletin Place at No.39. From United Arab Emirates, Dubai’s Zuma is The Best Bar in the Middle East and Africa, sponsored by Matusalem, at No.23.
Special Awards Ashtin Berry from the US is named the Roku Industry Icon. For this award, the 540-strong voting Academy is asked to give the name of one person who has done more for the progress of the bar industry than any other individual. Berry is a hospitality activist and educator, dedicated to creating safe and equitable workspaces in the bar and restaurant sectors. She is a celebrated bartender, a WSET Level Three sommelier and founder of Resistance Served, an annual food and beverage symposium focused on positive progress in the hospitality industry.
Tayēr + Elementary in London secures the Disaronno Highest New Entry Award and ranks at No.5 on The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 list. The award is given to a bar entering the list at the highest position for a new entry. Co-owned by industry legends Monica Berg and Alex Kratena, the drinks at Tayēr + Elementary are approachable but multi-layered with unexpected flavour combinations. Elementary is a casual, easy-going space with floor-to-ceiling windows, serving cocktails on tap, beer, wine, coffee and snacks. Behind the concrete partition is Tayēr, a darker, moodier, more serious space, where drinks have no names; rather they are simply displayed as a list of ingredients.
Also from London, Kwānt wins London Essence Best New Opening at No.6. This award is given to a bar with the highest position in the list that has opened in the last 18 months. The subterranean spot was founded by Erik Lorincz, famed for his work at The Savoy’s American Bar. Head through the Moroccan-styled restaurant to an unassuming door, which gives way to striking tropical décor. Perfectly attired bartenders serve up Lorincz’s carefully curated drinks list, including the selection of ‘Japanese Highball’, spritzes and classical twists that showcase inventive combinations of flavours using Lorincz’s storied collection of vintage spirits.
Coa in Hong Kong takes the Nikka Highest Climber Award, rising 41 places to claim the No.8 spot. Named after the machete-like tool for harvesting agave, the Mexican-inspired cocktail bar was a game changer for the city when it opened in 2017, with a menu that focuses on 100% agave tequila, traditional mezcal and cocktails inspired by the flavours of Mexico.
High Five, Tokyo, is named Heering Legend of The List. This award is given to a bar that has performed most consistently in the list since its inception and can only be won once. A basement in Ginza is home to Hidetsugu Ueno’s famous ice-carving prowess and sophisticated cocktails. The combination of Japanese bartending techniques plus modified classic recipes has resulted in High Five being a regular in The World’s 50 Best Bars list since it opened a decade ago.
Alquímico (New Entry), Cartagena, clinches the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award. Spanning two storeys and a rooftop, this new entry at No.47 showcases a cocktail selection that is prepared with experimental techniques and local ingredients, as well as a sustainability programme that is the first of its kind. In March 2020, the team at Alquímico, led by bar owner Jean Trinh, travelled more than 800km to undergo agricultural training at its own farm. The team planted aromatics and citrus trees and built a research and development centre, so that crops can be harvested and harnessed at their freshest for syrups, distillations, tinctures, infusions and more. Keeping sustainability in mind, the team also aims to generate more than 90% of the energy needed for the farm from ecological sources.
For 2020, 50 Best made a number of changes to its Academy structure, which now includes more than 540 anonymous industry experts who cast the votes to create the list of The World’s 50 Best Bars. The Academy is 50/50 gender balanced; there are 20 Academy Chairs in 20 new geographic regions, and the voting process and results are independently adjudicated by Deloitte. For this year, the voting period ran from January 2019 to March 2020, when the majority of bars were forced to close due to the pandemic.
Bangkok, October 2020: IHG® Hotels & Resorts (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, brings Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ signature heartfelt service and distinctive design to the heart of Thailand with the opening of Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok.
Located in Bangkok’s Langsuan area, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok offers convenient access to prime districts such as Sukhumvit, Silom, Siam and Chidlom, and serene views of the tranquil Lumphini Park – one of the city’s largest green spaces.
The hotel takes its name after Maa-lai, the traditional Thai floral garland symbolic of welcome, good health and respect to honour guests, families and loved ones. This art form has inspired many contemporary interpretations and resonates perfectly with Kimpton in Bangkok, where age-old traditions take on a modern edge.
Kimpton spaces and experiences centre on its guests, offering inspiring design that evokes curiosity, to forward-thinking flavours that feed the soul. The hotel’s design narrative was brought to life by P49 Deesign and fuses storied Thai history with the urban intensity of the city, by mirroring the relentless tempo of life in the old capital through hand woven Thai textiles and echoing the edgy eclecticism of modern Bangkok. This resonates through raw concrete, oversized furnishings and metallic touches, and translates into inspired design from the hotel public areas to restaurants and bars, and the artfully designed guest rooms and private residences.
All 362 of the hotel’s rooms and suites – including 131 serviced residences – are the epitome of design-led luxury, each thoughtfully designed with bespoke amenities and inspiring décor, promising an immersive experience for all who stay. Whether guests are looking to relax in the comfortable 48sqm Deluxe Room after sightseeing and shopping or enjoy the whirlpool jacuzzi in the spacious 320sqm Celebrity Suite for an anniversary treat, there are layers of detail at every turn.
Bespoke HARNN bathroom amenities, a VIFA Helsinki sound system, robes by Christian Develter for Tube Gallery and a curated personal bar stocked with bottled cocktails by LAIBA and artisanal local snacks are just a few highlights of the luxuriously appointed rooms. Suite occupants also enjoy access to the Maa-Lai Lounge on the 30th floor, where they can savour the sight of lush Lumphini Park and Bangkok’s characteristic skyscrapers from dawn to dusk.
First-class food and beverage programmes play a big part in Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants across the world. Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok boasts four distinct and immersive dining venues. CRAFT is a haven for brew lovers with a unique selection of local and international single origin coffee and coffee blends, beer and cocktails, while Stock.Room elevates the neighbourhood grocerant concept with seasonal pop-up kitchens serving Thai street eats to have on site or take home. Sophisticated cocktail bar, Ms.Jigger, presents narrative-driven cocktails while Bar.Yard hosts a rooftop barbecue with tropical drinks, farm-to-plate comfort grills, DJs and stunning city skyline views.
The hotel’s lifestyle programming – part of Kimpton’s DNA – delivers memorable experiences; starting with a morning kickstart coffee and tea, to yoga lessons with breathtaking views from level 41 and Kimpton’s Social Hour, where the brand’s vision to enable human connection comes to life as guests mingle with locals. The hotel adopts Kimpton’s industry-leading pet-friendly attitude, and provides all four-legged friends their own amenities and menu.
With connection and wellness top of mind, the GYM provides professional-led nutrition consultation, high-intensity workout classes and zen stretches, while the amaranth spa by HARNN is a sanctuary of serenity with nature-inspired spa treatments, manicures and
pedicures. Guests can also enjoy a refreshing dip in the hotel’s outdoor pool which overlooks the sprawling green park.
“Bringing Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok to life has been a true labour of love for many, With our doors now open, we are excited to introduce an approachable luxury experience fuelled by my team championing heartfelt, human connections. Whether it is modern rooms with bespoke amenities, immersive dining destinations or curated events, or simply our heartfelt service and dedication, we have everything we need to deliver the first Kimpton hotel in South East Asia.” said Patrick Both, General Manager, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok.
Bookings are now available for stays at Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok through
www.kimptonmaalaibangkok.com. Room rates start from USD$300 for a deluxe room.
IHG has a long-standing commitment to rigorous cleaning procedures at all its hotels worldwide. This is being extended with additional COVID-19 protocols and best practices, in partnership with industry leading experts Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab and D iversey, as well as
introducing the IHG Clean Promise. For more information, please visit
Singapore, 13October2020 - The BALL Watch brand is synonymous with quality, luxury and the pioneering of modern time. The launch of three new exciting models further cements the brand’s position of innovation and evolution; catering to individuals with changing preferences, but still retaining all the makings of a quality timepiece.
“We pride ourselves as makers at the forefront of watchmaking, and are constantly aiming to transcend traditional markers of time with new and improved offerings,” said Daniel Alioth, Chief Operating Officer of Ball Watch Company. “I am proud to announce the launch of these 3 new models, specifically the Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer. As a brand focused on growth and empowerment, this timepiece is an extraordinary tribute to the perseverance and solidarity we have witnessed in the wake of a pandemic, and we hope that this special “Caring” edition serves as a symbol of hope and support.”
Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer
As a show of solidarity and support for the fight against COVID-19, BALL Watch has reimagined the Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer, with a special “Caring” edition colour scheme inspired by the rainbow. An elegant yet sporty design drapes this hallowed timepiece, which has origins dating back to railroad pioneers - the timepiece was created under the strictest chronometric precision standards for use by railroad employees. For the first time, the iconic Marvelight will feature gas tubes at every index; with state of the art technology allowing for the tubes to produce superior brightness that lasts 25 years, and is
100 times brighter than conventional luminous paints. The model is completed with a COSC certified chronometer movement, protected by the Amortiser anti-shock system and is water-resistant to up to 100m/330sqft. Available at all BALL authorised outlets, The Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer is available in 40 and 43mm, with a blue, black or silver dial. The “Caring” edition features a black dial with rainbow colours, and retails for SGD$3,638.
Engineer Hydrocarbon Original
A steadfast addition to the renowned Engineer Hydrocarbon Collection, the new Engineer Hydrocarbon Original retains the original features associated with the Engineer Hydrocarbon Collection, while also boasting impressive capabilities designed for tackling the deep seas. Having undergone extensive research and development, The BALL Watch Company has carefully engineered to close precision a timepiece that balances design and functionality, looking at home both on land and in sea. The new Engineer Hydrocarbon Original promises to be a vital companion for those keen on deep water diving, with a graduated unidirectional bezel that accurately measures dive time, special indents for diving gloves, a water-resistancy of up to 200m/660ft and is equipped with the patented Amortiser shockproof system. The Engineer Hydrocarbon Original retails for SGD$4,250, and is available at all authorised BALL outlets.
Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU
A pioneer in setting the industry standards for the design of diving watches, the famed Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU is a combination of both engineering and aesthetics; with the latest model featuring a revamped bezel framing either a black dial, or a brand new gradient blue dial. The timepiece is handsomely finished off with a diver motif to honour the NEDU’s official emblem. This striking design has been carefully engineered for professional divers where every detail requires the utmost precision: features include a unidirectional rotating bezel, ergonomic contours, and a guarantee to a depth of 600 meters due to the rugged construction of a watertight case. For instant, accurate reading even in the depths of the ocean, luminous microtubes of H3 gas adorn the watch. The robust model is also protected from shocks of up to 7,500Gs and magnetic fields to an intensity of 4,800A/m. With the launch of the Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU, BALL Watch reaffirms their position as a pioneer amongst diving-watch manufacturers. The Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU retails for SGD$6,200, and is available at all authorised BALL outlets.
Ball Watch - Accuracy Under Adverse Conditions At Ball Watch Company, we focus on building superior timepieces capable of enduring all adverse conditions. Despite many product appearance changes, the brand is steadfast in upholding the founding spirit of the brand - industrial function. The design and utility are kept to the founder’s original details, from the watch dial to the shape of the hands to the style of the numerals, all aspects laid down by the founder in his quest for accuracy in timekeeping.
Singapore, October 2020 - Introducing the #DreamSunscreen – Sunny Side Up, a lightweight, broad spectrum, water-based sunscreen mist designed for everyday urban wear both under and over makeup. Absorbing easily into the skin and providing effective SPF 30 protection, the formulation is non-greasy, doesn’t clog pores, and leaves an invisible, dewy finish. Its mist format makes it easy for users to reapply SPF on-the-go, providing all-day UV and blue light protection.
Created by clean skincare brand Yours, Sunny Side Up is sunscreen reinvented from formulation to format. Yours conducted a survey with over 300 users and found that the majority of respondents knew the importance of sun protection but still chose to avoid it. 9 in 10 wanted a sunscreen that didn’t feel oily while 7 in 10 wanted a sunscreen that didn’t leave a white cast.
Commenting on these common sunscreen woes, Navneet Kaur, Founder and CEO of Yours said: “With all its pain points, sunscreen has been such a hated category - so we took it upon ourselves to create one that people actually liked. We want people to enjoy using sunscreen, plus the convenience of spritzing to apply SPF on the go. Sun care is as important as skin care, and is a step that mustn't be missed.”
Rooted in Swiss excellence, Yours’ Sunny Side Up Sunscreen Mist is formulated with powerful active ingredients like Buddleja AO Alpaflor and Soliberine extracted from the Swiss Buddleja flower. Growing in the high altitude of the Swiss Alps, the Buddleja flower has adapted to survive high solar radiation by developing a natural ability to protect against harmful UV rays and blue light from digital screens. The natural anti-ageing and anti-oxidative properties of these Swiss actives help to reinforce the skin’s natural light barrier.
Sunny Side Up’s formulation consists of the following key active ingredients delivering the following benefits:
Meet Sunny Side Up, a lightweight, water-based sunscreen mist designed for everyday urban wear both under and over make up. Guarding even the most sensitive skin against UVA and UVB rays as well as blue light rays that speed up ageing, Sunny Side Up matches the pace of the busy urbanite’s lifestyle.
Yours Sunny Side Up Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 Broad Spectrum (40ml) officially launches on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 at 12pm SGT, at lovefromyours.com, and is priced at USD $33/SGD $45.
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