Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Grand Opening of Stenders at Plaza Singapura

I was excited about the opening of nature-inspired skincare brand, Stenders, at Plaza Singapura in Singapore. This would be Stenders' first boutique in Southeast Asia. Honestly, I was drawn to the beautiful brand images that I saw online prior to the launch, especially those images with the pretty pink roses. I have to admit that those lovely garden images could invoke a sense of calm and peace... I'm a firm believer that scents can transcend moods and feelings and Stenders products all smell so good! 

Stenders was founded in 2001 by Janis Berzins and Zane Dreimane in their hometown of Riga, Latvia, with the duo starting off with a small shop selling handmade soap. They started making soap with natural ingredients – plant extracts, essential oils, rose buds, and dried herbs and ancient Latvian recipes. And business took off from there and the product range grew and grew and there are 320 products listed on their catalogue today!

I was quite surprised about the affordable price point of Stenders products and I had the chance to speak to Julien Laporte, chef executive of Stenders, when he was in town for Stenders' official opening recently. Julien mentioned that all Stenders products are still made in Latvia, where the labour cost is low, and so they are able to keep the production cost low and passed it on to the consumers. Well, that's an attractive factor to me, considering that Singapore is becoming increasingly more and more expensive to live in... 

Founded in 2001, STENDERS is a Latvian retail brand specialising in nature­inspired skincare and cosmetics. Through unique textures and mesmerizing aromas, as well as from joyous colours and natural elements, STENDERS products will awaken your senses and bring joy to your everyday life. Providing excellent customer service with exquisite gift wrapping rituals and its unique shop design is what makes STENDERS special. With its unique brand story, STENDERS has created a successful franchise system with more than 50 partners and 200 points of sales in 21countries worldwide.

Do check out STENDERS Singapore which is located at Plaza Singapura #03­75 (Tel: 6238 1152).

 The lovely pink setup during the official launch party

The irresistible pink delights

Pretty pink situation: beautiful pink roses with macaroons and rose champagne together with the wild rose range of Stenders products...such an awesome combination

The wild rose range of Stenders products

I simply love the pretty pink packaging of Stenders wild rose range and will be trying out the facial exfoliator and toner from this range

I'm such a fan of pink and I'm simply drawn to the pretty pink product situation

The wild rose micellar cleanser is one of Stenders star products

Check out some of Stenders bestsellers

Such beautiful the flowers

Stenders have a good range of gift ideas with beautiful packaging which is really awesome for the upcoming festive season!

The beautiful ribbon used for the ribbon cutting ceremony

Jamie Yeo was the host of this launch event and there was live musical performance too

Jamie Yeo trying out Stenders products

The sink and tap in the store really facilitates trying out of products

The affordable price point for Stenders Wild Rose range

The ribbon cutting ceremony to officiate the grand opening of Stenders in Singapore

Julien Laporte, chef executive of Stenders, addressing the guests at the grand opening event

These pretty rose pink cupcakes look too pretty to be eaten

 Have these uber cute ladybirds lost their way in this beautiful garden party?!

Pretty pink macaroon with lace details...

Picture with the beautiful table of pink treats before leaving

 Group photo at the photowall!

Thanks Stenders for having us at this beautiful garden party. Certainly had fun checking out the various Stenders products.

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