Bynd Artisan Review: Artisanal Leather Goods As Gifts For Your Loved Ones

the perfect gift made with leather and love
By: Nina Shahriman
February 9, 2022

The idea of personalising leather items to express your personality has been around for ages. What originated as a method to identify goods with the crests of a specific family house has now grown into a technique for luxury fashion firms and leather ateliers to provide added value to its clients. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a big-ticket item only for that personal touch, many leather artists and craftsmen are opening smaller ateliers dedicated entirely to customised leather items. Today, Glitz is introducing the brand to go for all your leather goods gifts: Bynd Artisan, born and raised Singaporean.

About Bynd Artisan

James Quan and Winnie Chan, a husband-and-wife team, created Bynd Artisan in 2014. Winnie’s grandpa, who founded Singapore’s oldest bookbindery in the 1940s, launched their ateliers, which are an experiential retail concept that personalised paper and leather items. Bynd Artisan is more than simply a shop that sells personalised stationery; it’s also a community of artisans and partners.

They’ve done so by collaborating with Singaporean artists like Erwin Lian and indigenous designer Larry Peh to create unique, immersive experiences within their ateliers. With five locations throughout the island, this hardworking duo hopes to make Bynd Artisan a household name in Singapore.

Winnie joined the graphics department because she was interested in colours and aesthetics. Her goal was to make the items more aesthetically pleasing. Winnie chose to leave her position at Grandluxe in 2016 after 22 years on the job and two years after founding Bynd Artisan to focus solely on Bynd Artisan. Winnie’s current position is in charge of the retail part of the company. 

She is the one who is in charge of finding new collaborators. She’s also the one who thinks of innovative ways to lure consumers to the store. The cooperation with Sunday Folks, for example, is their first F&B relationship, bringing together two popular Singaporean businesses in a single retail location.

James, on the other hand, works with business customers and handles corporate gifts, such as organisations who want to personalise notebooks for their employees or clients. He’s also in charge of customised initiatives, which might include the development of a whole new product category.

Let’s Talk Leather Goods

Bynd Artisan has ateliers at ION Orchard, Holland Village, Raffles City, and other locations, and has become a go-to for those looking for customised leather presents for their loved ones. Their leather-bound paper notebooks have been there since the inception of the company, but they’ve since expanded to include accessories like zip pouches, wallets, and even wine bags. Whereas many luxury leather firms keep to neutral colours, Bynd Artisan stands out with a vibrant range of colours ranging from pastel pink to calming teal.

If you’re thinking of picking up a notebook to plan your success plans and dreams, get it personalised by engraving anything you wish. Maybe you fancy something else such as a wallet or cardholder for example? Go to their store and select any leather good you wish and make especially personally yours by branding it with your own engraving.

Additionally, you can enquire if you’re interested in corporate gifting which is considered to be their speciality. They feature a large selection of handcrafted leather and paper presents appropriate for all seasons and events. Make your choice and personalise it to make a corporate gift that means something to both your clients and staff. Dedicated artisans will personalise each item with your company name, logo, or ethos in your choice of coloured foil or debossed stamping if you want it.

Bynd Artisan Outlets

Flagship store – Holland Village

Address: 44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-54 Singapore 278116

Operating Hours: Every day (10am – 8pm)

Contact: +65 64751680

Atelier – Raffles City Shopping Centre

Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #03-24 Singapore 179103

Operating Hours: Every day (10am – 10pm)

Contact: +65 68732317

Bynd Artisan + Sunday Folks ION Experience Store – ION Orchard

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #04-11 Singapore 238801

Operating Hours: Every day (10am – 10pm)

Contact: +65 66342133