Some brands grow bricks and mortar presence amid slump

They are counting on customers' need for a tangible experience while others go digital

Some of the businesses going against the grain amid the economic downturn and retail slump include SJS Group's Bar Milano (above), Harvey Norman and Love, Bonito.
Some of the businesses going against the grain amid the economic downturn and retail slump include SJS Group's Bar Milano (above), Harvey Norman and Love, Bonito. PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
Some of the businesses going against the grain amid the economic downturn and retail slump include SJS Group's Bar Milano, Harvey Norman (above) and Love, Bonito.
Some of the businesses going against the grain amid the economic downturn and retail slump include SJS Group's Bar Milano, Harvey Norman (above) and Love, Bonito. PHOTO: HARVEY NORMAN
Some of the businesses going against the grain amid the economic downturn and retail slump include SJS Group's Bar Milano, Harvey Norman and Love, Bonito (above).
Some of the businesses going against the grain amid the economic downturn and retail slump include SJS Group's Bar Milano, Harvey Norman and Love, Bonito (above). PHOTO: LOVE, BONITO.

At perfume atelier Maison 21G, shoppers can smell, albeit through their masks, various scents such as jasmine and bergamot, and try their hand at blending them.

The one-year-old Singapore-based brand opened a new 753 sq ft boutique at Ion Orchard last month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2020, with the headline 'Some brands grow bricks and mortar presence amid slump'. Print Edition | Subscribe