Hugo Boss: Christmas shopping with Velda Tan and Frederick Yap
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...
So you know what that means? It's time to kick into high gear and finish off your Christmas shopping. However, during this festive period, it can be tough to decide on what to buy for your family and friends; yet alone your significant other. Enter: BOSS and its bounty of covetable Christmas gifting options.
The esteemed German brand known for cutting a sharp suit — and modern shift dresses for ladies courtesy of artistic director, Jason Wu — tops the shopping list this season for designer of Collate The Label, Velda Tan, and her food entrepreneur husband, Frederick Yap. From the versatile day-to-night BOSS Bespoke Bag to handsome portfolios and made-to-measure ties, pocket squares and scarves, click on the video above to see why Tan and Yap chose to shop at BOSS this Christmas when buying a gift for each other.
What are their tips when it comes to buying a gift for a partner? We chat to Tan and Yap after their Christmas shopping spree at BOSS to find out:
Do you find it easy or difficult to buy gifts for each other?
Velda Tan (VT): Freddy knows what he likes and what he doesn't, so in a sense, he has quite particular taste. But after being with him for 12 years now, I have some tricks up my sleeves when it comes to choosing his gifts.
Frederick Yap (FY): I would say easy most of the time, as her favorite items are usually reserved in her online shopping carts!
When buying a gift for each other, what do you always keep in mind?
VT: Firstly it's about quality and how much mileage Freddy can get from the gift. Because he is a practical person, I always keep functionality in mind.
FY: Totally. I'm usually the more practical person and prefer to buy items that have good value; with the ability to last over a long period of time.
Do you have to like the gift you bought for the other person? Or is it more important that the person receiving the gift likes the present?
VT: In my opinion, the essence of gifting is to create joy for the recipient, so to me it's definitely the latter.
FY: I agree. It is more important that the person receiving the gift likes the gift more than I do. However, Vel usually trusts my opinion on most things.
"I liked how you're able to customise accessories with the made-to-measure service — being able to choose the fabric, and embroider my own initials, just adds that personal touch"What was your favourite item during our shopping day at BOSS?
VT: I loved the blue suit on Fred! He bought it there and then. And I really liked the elegant black off-shoulder dress that I tried on — it's such a versatile day-to-night piece that I can wear for work or events.
FY: Definitely that blue suit from the new collection. BOSS suits are always very well tailored. And I liked how you're able to customise accessories with the made-to-measure service — being able to choose the fabric, and embroider my own initials, just adds that personal touch.
Finally, do you like to be surprised with a gift for Christmas? Or do you drop hints to each other?
VT: You might be surprised to know that I don't actually drop hints! I trust Freddy's taste and I've never not liked a gift from him. I can't say the same for him though! [Laughs]
FY: I, on the other hand, prefer to drop hints for something that I like rather than receiving a gift that might get chucked to one side!
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To help you choose that special gift this Christmas, here is the Buro 24/7 Singapore edit of our favourite accessories from BOSS — sophisticated presents that are sure to please come Christmas morning:
BOSS SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PROMOTION
Between 4 to 8pm over this weekend (17 and 18 December 2016) and Christmas Eve, enjoy a complimentary calligraphy service with any purchase at the BOSS Store, and receive a complimentary fragrance (complete with customised engraving) with a minimum purchase of $800.
The BOSS Christmas promotion is only valid at their Takashimaya boutique, located at Ngee Ann City #01-14 (tel: 67350233)
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