What’s in a gift ?

The Lexon Gift Depot on Braybrooke Street offers some unique ideas for give-aways
By Duvindi Illankoon

The Lexon Gift Depot on Braybrooke Street is the ideal place for those of you who want to buy something classy for a birthday, a celebration, or even just for a special someone. Stocked by designs of the Lexon brand, Cerruti 1881, Ungaro and Cacheral, the shop hosts an array of goods that all have one thing in common; undeniable class.

As Directors Prasad Vithanage and Patrick Greenwood tell me, Sri Lanka does not cater to a middle end market when it comes to the goods they offer. ‘If you consider watches, there’s Rolex and TagHeur for the extremely rich. Then there’s Q&Q and Casio, maybe, if you’re looking for relatively cheaper one. But there seems to be no middle ground, and that’s where we come in.’

The Lexon brand is world famous. With its origins firmly planted in France, the company engages the genius of about 30-40 designers (they keep changing for creative purposes) to dream up their very unique brand of gift items, including watches, corporate material, and even waterproof radios.

Some of them include Philip Starck, Marc Bertier and Fellina Sok-Cham, known for their elegant style of design.

“The thing with Lexon is, we sell the same basic thing as other gift shops, but we go one better.” says Prasad. ‘We incorporate our own twist into it. The Lexon brand of design is very unique.’ You can find that perfect gift for Rs 2000 upwards.

“A lot of our business comes from corporate customers,” says Patrick. “We do a lot of B2B (Business to Business) gifts, and we can do something more for you as well. For example, if you wanted to engrave your company’s name or a person’s name into a gift, we will do that for you.” It is this belief that each gift is special and must mean something to the receiver that makes the Lexon Gift Depot something unique. Visit them at Braybrooke St, Colombo 07 .

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