The search for fashion that pushes conventions and boundaries can be a tiresome one. Despite the growing awareness of both emerging and established designers, most fashion outlets simply cater to mainstream trends, leaving little wiggle room for any expression of individuality or radical creativity. Desperate for a change of scene, we’ve rounded up our list of edgy fashion stores in KL that are genuine purveyors of experimental fashion. The ones who set the trends instead of follow them. One thing you can be sure of – the fashion crop at these stores is everything but stale.
Revolutionary student-produced label
The Limkokwing Fashion Club is a revolutionary label produced by the students of the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. Functioning as a design platform and market for bold and ready-to-wear fashion, the students are the central force behind every aspect of the business, from the design stages to the lookbook photography, modeling and marketing. Expect to find edgy conversation starters such as studded caps, leather jackets, hoodies, backpacks, statement jewellery and basics doused in plenty of glamorous black and gold.
Unisex casual wear
Available at Fabspy: T-008, Level 3, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 58000
Maximunity challenges wearers to dare to dress different. Incorporating traditionally daring looks such as all-black leather ensembles and bold sportswear separates into its collection of unisex casual wear. Faux leather tees with extended hemlines and unique details such as gold zippers and textured panels paired with leather joggers and shorts create a distinctive look for slick chicks and dudes alike. Wear it with just the right amount attitude to turn your street swagger up several notches.
Tongue-in-cheek sense of style and character
Available at Sole What: Lot S-229A, 2nd Floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 59200. | Also available online.
Not to be confused with international online destination, Nasty Gal, Nasty Inc is a streetwear brand started by a party of three who dare to buck the trend. While highly influenced by street culture, Nasty Inc rope in their own tongue-in-cheek sense of style and character, presenting its raucous and racy face to the world. Printed graphic and logo tees in a predominantly monochrome colour code are both basic yet effortlessly edgy.
Reworked vintage and modish clothing
Never Follow Suit is a fashion concept boutique that really seems more like an experimental fashion museum. Started by esteemed local stylists and designers – Calvin Cheong, Joe Chia, Victor Goh and David Shaw, the store carries a variety of reworked vintage and modish clothing, as well as original designs for both men and women. The store is carved into three sections – Revolution, which is a collection of vintage and military-inspired threads, Man & His Woman – a minimalist space decked out with monochrome apparel and Colour Me – which holds racks of bright colourblocked separates.
Monochromatic, avant-garde aesthetic
First Floor, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, Off Kuchai Lama, 25 Jalan Kuchai Maju 7, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 58200
SEETHROUGH leads the pack in terms of an ever-evolving aesthetic and the single-minded and vigorous reinterpretation of fashion runway trends into an individual and unique style. Just Like Never Follow Suit, the Seethrough Concept Store is yet another product of Calvin Cheong’s genius. The store is home to a bevy of local and regional designers, each bearing the signature monochromatic and avant-garde aesthetic we seem so enamored with. Get access to the tailored looks belonging to avant-garde labels such as Pearly Wong, Joe Chia, Zakwan Anuar as well as statement streetwear from Proudrace at this crazy cool boutique.
Unisex streetwear heavily influenced by skate culture
Available at various stockists.
High street collective, Wolfgang, launches its manifesto on fashion, music and subculture, churning up comfortable unisex street wear such as tees, tanks and totes emblazoned with its firebrand graphics and insignia. Heavily influenced by skate culture, the brand was founded in KL in 2011 by Iskandar Khan and has since been established as a streetwear staple for the fashion underground who have descended upon the exclusive and limited run merchandise like a hungry pack of wolves.