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Bynd Artisan: The Joy of Bespoke Gifts

Apr 22 2021 - Blog

There’s an indescribable magnetism to bespoke gifts really. Whether you’re on the receiving or the giving end, personalised gifts spark one of the best feelings one can experience in the good life. It conveys the thought, time and effort specially taken to create a gift just for its recipient. And when it comes to withstanding the test of time, personalised leather accessories make perfect gifts to cherish for years to come!

Here at Sky Premium, we’re all about handpicked recommendations and personalised experiences, and your gifting experience is just as important to us. We’ve curated one of the best artisans to help you forge lasting memories and bonds with your loved ones. From book jackets, notebooks, travel wallets, card holders to bag charms, the craftmanship at Bynd Artisan delights its recipients with the perfect gift for any occasion.

Check out our recent experience at Bynd Artisan’s flagship atelier at Holland Village:


Homegrown with a legacy of bookbinding and leather crafting spanning over 70 years, Bynd Artisan is the brainchild of founders James Quan and Winnie Chan. The brand’s concept is inspired by the heritage of Winnie’s grandfather, who established Singapore’s oldest bookbindery in the 1940s. While they champion senior workers, Bynd Artisan revitalised their story as a sunset business by incorporating technology to build their experiential retail concept.

From a small counter in Tang Plaza to its own ateliers across Singapore’s busiest shopping districts – ION Orchard, Takashimaya, and more – Bynd Artisan has pretty much become the go-to place among people who want to buy or gift personalised items. They are well-loved for their artisanal excellence and impressive product line of customisable pieces.


As you step into their premises, the warm and inviting interior and shelves of colourful leather and paper materials will charm you. Especially if you are a papyrophiliac (someone obsessed with stationery), you simply can’t pass by without a compulsion to enter!


There is a preponderance of paper notebooks in the market, but the details here – which we absolutely love – are what make Bynd Artisan so special. Much like the Build-A-Bear Workshop, Bynd Artisan offers a wide selection of materials to give you over a million possible permutations for your unique design. Be it the colour of notebook covers, papers, strings, twin wire, add-ons like eyelets and rivets, or debossing of initials, you can customise anything in under half an hour here


The type of leather they use? Genuine cowhide leather!

Specially sourced from Europe for the finest quality, Bynd Artisan’s cowhide leather products are processed in a quality-certified tannery using state-of-the-art technology. This includes using process-controlled machines and practising eco-friendly methods, such as using EU and US regulated chemicals that do not pollute the water, which helps to preserve the leather’s natural lustre and suppleness, making it a joy to the touch.


Hand sanitisers became an essential lifestyle commodity when the pandemic hit last year – almost everyone carries one in their bag now. But rather than rifle through your bag, why not hang the bottle out conveniently and make them a luxe extension of your personal style with these Leather Hand Sanitizer Holders!

P.S. we got one customised for ourselves too and we loved it! Here’s what we put together:


Selecting our foil-stamping colour


Selecting our font type and size


A sneak peek of our name personalisation


Hole punching by Bynd Artisan’s craftsman


Some gold hardware to complement our design


Ready for the final ensemble?


Ta-da!


Packaged in Bynd Artisan's signature gift box

While the full range of options is available on Bynd Artisan’s website, we recommend going down to their atelier to watch the pieces you chose come to life in the hands of their experienced craftsmen.

We promise, it’ll make your gifting experience so much more special.


To share the joy of crafting, Bynd Artisan also conducts a variety of leather crafting and bookbinding workshops where aspiring craftsmen can immerse themselves in the process of creating the “one in a million” gift – whether for themselves or their special someone.

Seasonally, you’ll also find special collaborations such as the Character Painting on Leather Workshop with renowned marquage artist Cherin Sim.

Looking for a new way to bond your team? Corporate workshops are also available physically or virtually!


The products shown here are just a glimpse of what they can do. Stay tuned as Bynd Artisan will be launching a new sustainable line named “ReBynd” that will feature recycled leather and paper lifestyle products.

We’re excited already!


Passion is at the core of Bynd Artisan and this flows through their entire eco-system of raw materials, supply chain, employees, as well as the customers and collaborators they work with or support.

“When everyone is engaged and passionate about their work and understand the impact they can make, we create synergistic effects that amplify one another.” – Bynd Artisan

At Bynd Artisan, THE GOOD LIFE is about making each gifting experience meaningful and special; when gifts bring happiness.


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Bynd Artisan’s flagship store is located at Holland Village, 44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-54, Singapore 278116. For more information, please visit https://www.byndartisan.com/


Opening Hours

Holland Village Flagship Store: Daily 10a.m. – 8p.m.

 

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