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ICC celebrates year-end with big discounts on leading brands

ShoppingDec 03. 2020

By The Nation

ICC International is ready to satisfy fashionistas and shoppers nationwide with a big, year-ending sale at the 21st ICC Fair.

On offer will be various men’s and women’s clothing and fragrances from leading brands such as Becky Russell, Elle, Elle Bag, Elle Homme, iiMK, Itokin, Minna, Guy Laroche, Lacoste, Wacoal, BSC, Arrow, DAKS. Prices start at Bt200 and discounts run as high as 70 per cent.

The 21st ICC Fair will be held in the parking area, zone A and zone B of ICC International, Soi Sathupradit 58, Yannawa, Bangkok, on Friday (December 4) from midday to 8 pm and on Saturday and Sunday (December 5-6) from 8am-8pm.

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For gifts that keep on giving, try retailers that offer one-for-one deals or make financial donations (nationthailand.com)

For gifts that keep on giving, try retailers that offer one-for-one deals or make financial donations

ShoppingDec 01. 2020Bombas socks. Bombas has donated more than 40 million socks and T-shirts to the homeless community. 
Bombas socks. Bombas has donated more than 40 million socks and T-shirts to the homeless community. 

By The Washington Post
Laura Daily

Savvy shoppers love the acronym BOGO, because it means “buy one, get one” free. But BOGO also spells stretching your buying power when it stands for “buy one, give one.” So, you might want to consider holiday (or any occasion) gifts that give to others.

You’ve probably heard of shoe retailer Toms. Since 2006, for every pair of shoes the company sells, it gives a new pair to a child in need. This one-for-one model inspired other businesses to do the same. Some donate products, others a significant portion, if not all, of their sales to nonprofits and those in need.

In researching this story, I put out a call for examples, and I was overwhelmed by retailers large and small promising to give back in some fashion with every purchase. But ensuring that a perfect gift for your BFF truly keeps on giving long after it has been unwrapped may take cutting through the marketing hype and reading the fine print.

For advice, I turned to Kevin Scally, chief relationship officer for Charity Navigator, which independently evaluates and rates 160,000 nonprofits. “People want to do good when buying a product, so they naturally gravitate to companies promising to do so. The task for the consumer is understanding how much of the purchase goes to the cause,” he says.

When a company says it donates one for one, the answer is clear. When it says “a percentage of profits,” “a portion of proceeds” or “a percentage of sales,” it’s murkier. For example: Company A says 10 percent of sales are donated. That means for every $100 in sales, it donates $10. Company B says 10 percent of profits/proceeds are donated. That means for every $100 in sales, the company subtracts expenses, then donates 10 percent of whatever is left.

School and office supplies by Yoobi.

School and office supplies by Yoobi.

Bottom line: Look for transparency. Scally says good questions to consider are: Where is the money or product going? At a glance, is it clear whom a business is supporting? Is there a charity named, or does it say “to help a cause”? Is there information on the seller’s website that articulates and validates its claims? Although you may not be able to vet small businesses, you can use Charity Navigator to quickly check out many nonprofits to see if they use their money efficiently and effectively.

Once you’re satisfied with the answers, you can start shopping. Here are gifts that give, no matter the season or reason. This is in no way a complete list; I’m digging out of 300-plus suggestions, and there are many more out there.

That said, I did find some great gifts that give back. Those brands that don’t use the one-for-one model pass along a significant chunk of change, enough that I would feel confident buying from them. If nothing else, I hope you’ll find inspiration to check out similar “giving” retailers in your community.


Super-comfy socks make the perfect stocking stuffer. Bombas is at the forefront of the one-for-one movement. For every item purchased – the company added T-shirts to its line in 2019 – Bombas gives a specially designed item (reinforced seams, antimicrobial treatments to reduce bacteria and darker colors to minimize visible wear) to those at risk. More than 40 million socks and T-shirts have been donated.


This may be the year your loved ones truly appreciate being gifted luxurious soap, shampoo or hand lotion. For every Soapbox product you purchase, the company donates a bar of soap to someone in need through food pantries, clinics and homeless shelters. By the end of 2020, Soapbox will have donated some 20 million bars to needy communities.


Sackcloth & Ashes blankets ($69 to $129), each a near work of art, are woven from 100 percent recycled materials and an eco-friendly wool blend. Through the campaign Blanket the United States, for every blanket sold, the company donates a blanket to a homeless shelter in the buyer’s ZIP code. The company’s goal is to donate 1 million blankets by 2024.


BlueCut’s limited edition Planting Change apron ($75 for an adult size, $48 in kid sizes) features California-based artist Alexandra Bowman’s illustration of people growing and harvesting crops to sustain themselves and the community. Each apron purchased provides at least five Line aprons to Black-owned restaurants. Since October, nearly 500 aprons have been donated.

Pottery painting kits.

Creative children may be a bit more appreciative knowing that receiving a pottery painting kit (figurines, paint, brushes and sealer, $32 and up) means other kids can be artistic, too. Pottery Awesomeness’s A Kit for You = A Kit for Two donates a kit of art therapy supplies to hospitalized kids. Donations go to Children’s National Hospital in D.C., with plans to expand nationally.


Warby Parker’s one-for-one program is widely known, though there have been changes since the pandemic. A newer brand, Bold Dots, which launched earlier this year, sells contemporary, unisex eyewear ($135 and up). For every pair sold, the brand donates a pair of eyewear and funds for an eye exam to a person in rural India. In less than nine months, the company has donated more than 600 frames, optical lenses and eye exams. Founder Akshar Patel hopes to increase the donation to two for one in 2021.

School supplies.

Yoobi offers colorful (and glittery) school and office supplies, including pencil cases that double as makeup pouches and an eye-shaped wire board. For each item bought – either online or at stores such as Target or Kohl’s – Yoobi donates a school supply to students in need nationwide; more than 74.4 million school supplies have been donated since 2014.


For every item sold by Madi Apparel, it donates a new pair of underwear to women in need. Why underwear? It tops the list of urgent needs for nearly every domestic violence and homeless shelter, yet these organizations rarely receive new underwear; most donations are of used clothes. More than 6,500 pairs of underwear have been given across different countries.

Totes and bags.

Celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Nick Jonas, Martha Stewart and Pierce Brosnan have supported Feed, best known for its canvas, cotton and burlap bags. Founded by Lauren Bush Lauren, Feed helps provide school meals – more than 100 million and counting – around the world through each purchase. Products are labeled to represent the number of meals given. For example, the Feed 10 Bag ($28) provides 10 meals to children in need. Feed has also added home goods to its collection.


The water-resistant Adventurist Classic backpack ($65) is a great gift for students and hikers alike. For every backpack sold, Adventurist Backpack Co. provides 25 meals to families in need across the country. It partners with Feeding America and has donated more than 150,000 meals.

Greeting cards.

Whether you buy a pack of these bread-shaped greeting cards or attach one to a gift, Food for Thoughts donates the cash equivalent of one peanut butter and jelly sandwich to hunger-fighting organizations. Bricks-and-mortar retailers can designate a local food pantry to be the recipient. Check out the Celebrating You line ($3.25) with its uplifting messages.


Online-only retailer Shady Rays provides 10 meals to fight hunger for every pair of sunglasses sold. More than 10 million meals have been donated through Feeding America, and as its sales have expanded worldwide, Shady Rays is partnering with the Global FoodBanking Network to provide the same per-order donations to fight hunger internationally.

Comfort clothing.

Two visually impaired brothers donate 100 percent of profits ($750,000 so far) from their clothing line, Two Blind Brothers, to fund research to find a cure for retinal eye disease. You can buy ultrasoft hoodies, polos and T-shirts online, but customers can also “shop blind” and buy mystery boxes. The company handpicks the collections. You pick the price point and receive a package with something it promises you’ll love or you can return it, no questions asked. Boxes are changed out every two to three weeks.

Night lights.

Jasco may be best known for selling home security and lighting products. But its collectible night lights ($6.99 and up) for children’s rooms are a big hit – come on, everyone needs the Mandalorian and the Child keeping watch. Regardless of what product you purchase, 50 percent of the net profit goes to a nonprofit cause (food, water, shelter or disaster relief) of your choice, designated at checkout through the Give Your Way program.

National park-themed goods.

When you buy a Tour the Parks enamelware dish set ($80), a Parks Project gift box ($60) or any of the other apparel and home items from Parks Project, money goes toward a conservation program to help protect our national parks. (The product description tells you which program.) Parks Project keeps a ticker on its website’s homepage to show how much has been donated – more than $1.1 million to date.

Daily specializes in consumer advocacy and travel strategies. Find her at dailywriter.net.

Lotus Arts de Vivre dazzles with New Year offerings #SootinClaimon.Com

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Lotus Arts de Vivre dazzles with New Year offerings

ShoppingNov 25. 2020

By The Nation

As the Year of the Rat scurries towards the Year of the Ox, people are starting to look around for special presents to express their feelings for family, friends and loved ones.

Lotus Arts de Vivre has a portfolio of elegantly designed jewellery and home decor to suit every taste and feeling.

“Love” comes in the form of a necklace, bracelet and earrings shaped as a Crown Flower, representing affection for parents, elders, or the special person in your life.

The Crown Flower ruby necklace boasts 24K gold decorated with black agate to symbolise prosperity, plus 12.87-carat pink-red Burmese ruby and pearl. The price is Bt75,000.

The bracelet has 16 crown flowers made from 24K gold decorated with black agate and 7.695-carat pink-red Burmese ruby at and pearl. The jewels are set in white gold. The price is Bt50,000.

Meanwhile the unique gooseberry-inspired design of the Hop and Crown Flower Earrings with pearl and agate are priced at Bt59,000.

“Strength” and “success” are symbolised by the “elephant” earrings of silver set in 18K gold decorated with 0.072-carat diamonds and a coiled-clam “trunk” of black horn. The price is Bt99,000.

Those looking for something to add style at home could plump for the trendy Porcupine Toothpick Holder. Crafted from pure silver and anchored with black onyx meant to dispel bad fortune, it carries a price tag of Bt21,000.

Or there’s the Abalone Shell Tray with Peacock made from Mother of Pearl. The rainbow-coloured shell is adorned with a silver peacock representing elegance, power, and good fortune. The price is Bt58,000.

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Greet Christmas with delectable hampers from Okura Prestige

ShoppingNov 11. 2020

By The Nation

Okura Prestige Bangkok has made Christmas shopping easy with two fantastic hampers from La Pâtisserie.

The first hamper – Okura Okurimono – is packed in Japanese fabric and includes special treats like wild honey, Stollen cake, fruitcake and cookies. This treat goes for Bt4,500.

The second hamper – Erabu Okurimono – is more of a do-it-yourself deal, in which you get to choose the treats yourself. Prices start at Bt2,900.

The hampers can be ordered and picked up at La Pâtisserie on weekdays from 7am to 7pm from November 15 to January 15. Pickups on weekends and holidays can be done at the Up and Above Restaurant.

Call (02) 687 9000 or email patisserie@okurabangkok.com for more information.

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THAI transforms old life vests, slide rafts into fashionable handbags

ShoppingOct 28. 2020THAI launches THAI launches “Re-Life Collection” of handbags and totes made from old life vests and slide rafts. 

By The Nation

Thai Airways International (THAI) has turned old life vests and slide rafts into the “Re-Life Collection” of limited-edition totes and handbags.

Advance orders can be placed online from Thursday onwards until stocks last.

Chansin Treenuchagron, THAI’s acting president, said the airline is operating in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include waste management and up-cycling existing resources.

The bags come in six styles, with prices starting at Bt390. Some bags may even include the life vest’s serial number.

This “Re-Life Collection” is the first series under the Project: RE operated by THAI employees. THAI says it will continue offering more eco-friendly products to achieve the SDGs.

The bags can be pre-ordered via thaishop.thaiairways.com from Thursday afternoon onwards, until stocks last.

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Dial up the sparkle with Swarovski’s Wonder Woman collection

ShoppingSep 25. 2020

By The Nation

Swarovski has joined with Warner Bros and DC to come up with a special sparkling collection to celebrate Wonder Woman ahead of the December 25 release of “Wonder Woman 1984”.

The designs in this collection draw their inspiration from the superhero’s golden armour and eagle wings, symbolising a combination of femininity, strength and determination.

The Wonder Woman collection features:

Cuff: Swarovski shines a new light on the iconic silhouette with a striking pavé and crystal mesh cuff.

Hoop earrings: This pair of versatile earrings can be worn in different ways. Wear the hoops on their own for a simple daytime look or dial up the sparkle with the Wonder Woman motif.

Necklace: This sparkling necklace will amp up necklines from day to night thanks to Swarovski crystal pavé embellishment.

Double ring: Put this on to add a stylish statement to any ensemble.

Bracelet: This shimmering piece adds a subtle dose of superpower to your everyday look.

Tassel earrings: The fringe-like, versatile earrings can be worn in multiple ways and gently swish a with every move.

The Swarovski x Wonder Woman collection is available exclusively at the brand’s boutique at CentralWorld. Discover inspiration and ways to create sparkle via the #SparkDelight hashtag on Instagram.

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Latest Lanna expo in Chiang Mai to focus on ‘eat well, live well’ concept

ShoppingSep 16. 2020

By The Nation

“Lanna Expo 2020” from Friday onwards at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC) under the concept of “Eat Well, Live Well – A New Way of Life”.

Four provinces in the upper North have joined hands to hold the 10-day. 

The provinces participating are Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Lamphun and Lampang.

Chiang Mai governor Charoenrit Sanguansat said this expo has been organised for the eighth consecutive year, building on the success of every year to promote the potential of small businesses and expand their market base.

This year’s event is divided into four zones, namely furniture and decorative products, health and beauty zone, fashion and textile zone and food and beverage zone.

There is also a Lanna handicraft zone, where visitors can enjoy the distinctive identity of northern culture.

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OTOP fashion, crafts showcase takes Bt42m in first week

ShoppingAug 10. 2020

By The Nation

Sales at one of the largest exhibitions of Thai crafts and fashion have already exceeded B42 million, say organisers of the Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT) and One Tambon One Product (OTOP) fair in Bangkok.

Crowds have been flocking to Impact Arena over the past week, snapping up silk, local fabrics, jewellery, and handicrafts, said Suttipong Juljarern, director of the Community Development Department.

The fair runs for another week.

Proving the biggest hit among visitors are unique textiles from each of Thailand’s 76 provinces, woven by the Fabric Cluster Project (North Region), Northeastern Textile Project, and OTOP and Community Development programmes, said Suttipong.

In addition, the visually and hearing impaired are selling handicrafts and products at 20 separate booths under the Association of Disabled Persons to generate income and boost morale during the Covid-19 crisis.

The event runs from 10am to 9pm at Challenger Hall 2-3, Impact Arena, Exhibition and Convention Centre, Muang Thong Thani, until August 16.

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Surprising delicacies up for grabs at latest Royal Project fair

ShoppingAug 06. 2020

By The Nation

This year’s Royal Project fair, running until August 16 at Bangkok’s CentralWorld shopping mall, features scores of new innovative items for gourmet shoppers and health lovers.

All items have been produced under the principles of the Royal Project Foundation, which was set up by King Rama IX 50 years ago to help hill tribes and highland communities give up the cultivation of opium and opt for agriculture.

This year’s fair showcases 869 products, including highlights like avocado, buffalo milk and vanilla bean flavoured ice creams.

Also on offer are fresh persimmon that are packed with vitamins A and C as well as potassium that helps regulate the heart, fibre, magnesium and antioxidants, as well as Yamabushitake mushrooms that are known for their medicinal properties.

Health lovers can also buy portobello mushrooms, which have become a great hit for being a great source of vitamin B-complex, niacin, iron and potassium among others.

Other new items launched at the fair are capsule and drip coffee grown by the Karen hilltribe in Mae Hong Son province. The coffee comes in two varieties, medium and dark roasted Arabica.

Apart from food items, shoppers can also pick up plants like watermelon peperomia, cactus and ivy from the Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang that help reduce mould in the air and fight allergies, alcohol-based hand sanitising and herbs.

People who are unable to visit the fair in person can also shop online by searching for Royal Project X Shopee Expo Online on the Shopee e-commerce platform or on the Wongnai application.

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Latest hilltribe fashions at Emporium’s Doitung fair

ShoppingJul 20. 2020

By The Nation

The Doitung project is inviting shoppers to browse the rich wares of hilltribe communities in Chiang Rai at its “Lives and Lines” fair in Bangkok’s Emporium mall.

Traditional silk clothing and other handicrafts show off the unique patterns and colours crafted by the sustainable cottage industries in the highlands of the northern province. The event runs until July 26 at Emporium store on M floor.

On display are Doi Tung handicrafts, ceramics, bags and clothing from the spring-summer 2020 collection.

Meanwhile, Doi Tung Cafe is teasing the palates of shoppers with highland coffee and classic dishes from the Tamnuk restaurant. “New normal” hygiene measures are in place to ensure a safe shopping and eating experience.