So you’ve shopped for women’s fashion boutiques, furniture and have taken a peek inside some multi-label boutiques in Kuala Lumpur. But what about something for the kids? In this shopping guide Kids Fashion in Kuala Lumpur, we go inside some of the best boutiques offering baby clothes made with 100% natural fibre, as well as boho-chic and French-inspired children’s clothing.
French designed children’s clothes
For effortless gorgeous French designed children’s clothes, head straight to Chateau de Sable. You’ll find chic and timeless collections for babies, girls and boys from 1 month old to 14 years old. It’s great to know that the brand uses only the best fabrics to suit your little one’s sensitive skin. Chateau de Sable now has 27 outlets in 11 countries, taking their “French touch” around the globe.
Fun tutu-inspired skirts
Is the tutu skirt your little girl’s go-to piece of the moment? She’d be jumping for joy at Forever + Ava. Made with 100% cotton lining, French seams, and a fully elasticated waistband to ensure comfort for little ones who are constantly on the go, these tutu-inspired skirts are the perfect mix of fun and chic. With a sea of vibrant hues like coral, turquoise, peach, raspberry and emerald embellished with detailed tassels, sparkles and hand-sewn flowers, you can’t just leave with one.
Boho chic label for kids
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Kooshboo was born out of a desire to create a line of children’s clothes that were unique and also appealed to the modern parent’s sense of style. The result is a range of simple yet well-designed eco-friendly clothes, made of natural materials. The pieces – which are great for play dates, parties, picnics and everything in between – are inspired by bohemian influences. Select from a range of baby rompers, shorts, skirts, dresses and tops in easy-to-match colours for boys and girls.
Mum Over the Moon
Everything pre and post baby
Nestled in Publika Shopping Gallery, the aptly named brand, Mum Over the Moon, puts every mum in high spirits. A godsend for new mums and newborns, this shop takes care of everything pre and post baby. The kid’s apparel options vary from stylish rompers, sweaters and summer dresses to fun tutu skirts.
Simplicity, playfulness and comfort under one roof
You know you’ve hit jackpot when you encounter a shop that celebrates simplicity while embracing playfulness and comfort. Designed right here in Malaysia, Whimsigirl offers apparel for both girls and boys as well as unisex pieces from 3 months up to 6 years old. Each item is ethically manufactured using 100% natural fibre fabrics such as linens and cottons, ensuring highly well-made product. You’ll notice that the collection is created with earthy tones in mind – a great break from the usual pastel and vibrant colours.
Kid’s Fashion in Kuala Lumpur
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
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
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
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
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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.
Edgy Fashion Stores in KL
Conquer your shopping in one fell swoop at these multi-label boutiques in KL, which offer options for all aspects of your wardrobe, from apparel to accessories, shoes and bags. We highlight some of our favourite shops for the go-getters amongst you – one-stop day to night boutiques that will satisfy each and every one of your fashion whims.
Sharp tailoring with unique details
If you’re looking for a conversation-starter outfit, make a beeline for Dude & The Duchess. The men’s and women’s clothing label specializes in sharp tailoring with unique twists to deliver a stand-out look. Tailored shirts with fine trimmings and details make for great transitional wear that take you from day to night while accessories such as bowties and waistcoats complete the ensemble. With Jonathan Liang stepping up to the plate as creative director, the new premium Dude & The Duchess line boasts modern charisma with an unconventional use of fabrics and dramatic contemporary cuts. Shoe fiends can look forward to browsing the Publika store, which brings in selected styles of footwear from Shoes Shoes Shoes.
Garments crafted from vivid african print textiles
From its humble origins as a small online boutique that focuses solely on fashion sourced from Southeast Asia, My Apparel Zoo has expanded into a physical retail store offering clothing fashioned from African Angolan textiles, along with statement tops, skirts and dresses, printed clutches and accessories. Founder and designer, Ellie E. Norman has a penchant for vivid and spirited African prints that are given the freedom and space to play on simple and structured silhouettes such as midi pencil skirts, vintage-inspired cocktail dresses and the occasional baju kurung. The quirky offbeat prints are perfectly crowned with the statement baubles and clutches available in store for a fresh and distinctive look.
Edgy avant-garde wear
The Seethrough boutique houses many sought-after independent labels from the region and has established itself as the go-to boutique for edgy minimalist and avant-garde wear. Started by the visionary stylist Calvin Cheong, the Seethrough shopping experience offers plenty of fresh perspectives on fashion. Browse through the well-stocked rack of beautiful creations from young and daredevil designers such as Depression, Max.Tan and Sundays from Singapore, Zakwan Anuar and When Our Eyes Met from Malaysia, Possi-Tilly-Ty from Indonesia and Pearly Wong from New York. Limited off-season pieces from MM6 Maison Martin Margiela and Rad Hourani add to the sense of exclusivity that permeates the space.
Cozy boudoir style boutique
Contrary to popular belief, “Shoes Shoes Shoes” doesn’t simply offer stylish footwear, but flaunts a gorgeous repertoire of clothes, clutches and accessories. The Shoes Shoes Shoes boutique in Jalan Telawi has grown into somewhat of an institution on the local shopping scene, beloved for its promise of comfort and quality, and seen on the likes of local celebrities. Decked out like a fabulous (and massive) walk-in closet, the boudoir style boutique presents itself as a cozy spot for you and your fashion-loving girlfriends to shop to your hearts’ content. Look out for owner and designer Ung Yiu Lin’s other brands at the store, which includes elegant resortwear from IdyLinn and an array of clutches from her chic accessories line, KLutched.
Multi-label Boutiques in KL
We can’t deny that shopping in Kuala Lumpur is well stitched as a favourite pasttime for its people, and visitors, so it comes as no surprise that furniture and furnishings options in the city are in no way neglected. Shopping for furniture in Kuala Lumpur is an adventure in itself, with so many varied styles and aesthetics to pick from. The most predominant style perhaps, is a mix of vintage with modern that has become a staple of small-space living.
To satisfy the appetite for both, we’ve come up with a list of eclectic vintage stores along with modern contemporary furniture stores in KL that will help you in building your lush, happy home.
Solid teak furniture
Ethnicraft solid teak furniture gets our absolute stamp of approval for its emphasis on sustainable sources and durability. Known for high quality home furniture, Ethnicraft boasts the use of solid teak wood from Java, Indonesia, which means every furniture piece is hardy, durable and long-lasting. Even better, Ethnicraft ensures that each furniture piece is designed to look timeless, yet modern, with simplistic, authentic and functional aesthetics that go in line with the fundamental design principle of form following function. Look out for their best selling pieces, the Mondrian-inspired M rack and the Slice extendable dining table, which are clever designs that are as sleek as they are handy.
Cool and contemporary furniture
Purveyors of all things cool and contemporary, Gudang Damansara showcases imported furniture by renowned international designers. There’s a stunning compilation of furniture and accessories under one roof, including tablewares from Marimekko, glass vessels from LSA International and furniture by Tom Dixon, Miniforms and Glas Italia. Originally founded by architects and designers, the store has high standards for design and craftsmanship that immediately comes across in its state-of–the-art showroom.
Handmade wood furnishings
Home Treasures fuses old style carpentry and craftsmanship with modern 21st century design to deliver wood furniture of astonishing quality and make. Warm and inviting, the showroom in Publika showcases a bounty of natural wood furniture and furnishings that are handcrafted from sustainably sourced tropical wood and kiln-dried to ensure that they stand up to tropical climates. A made-to-order service is also available, giving shoppers unrestricted access to the fine workmanship and craft of Home Treaasures’ affiliated artisans. Wood sculptures, ceramics and art, including the ‘Birds of Bali’ collection by Bali-based artist, Kompiang make this a great spot for art and home collectors.
Timeless classic furniture
Let your wild decorating fancies flourish at Janine. Timeless classic furniture is set against a backdrop of painterly florals and lush foliage. As you move from one display to another, you’ll get to experience the rich and varied variety of Designers Guild wallpaper and fabrics that complement the polished furniture nicely. The garden theme comes to life amidst the warm dulcet tones of the wood furniture that’s crafted from palissandre, mahogany, walnut, teak and Malaysian timbers. Upholstered chairs and sofas, lamps and elegant tableware from Spode and Portmeirion complete the pretty picture.
Curated novelty furniture and décor
Lifeshop Atelier is the kind of space you want to model your home after. The off-kilter home and living nook displays a variety of carefully curated novelty furniture and décor that easily inject a dose of personality to any corner. What you’ll find is as far from cookie-cutter as it’s gonna get – with industrial home accents, vintage French furniture and colonial statues all vying for our attention. The team behind Lifeshop Atelier is also credited with styling Malaysia’s rising tourist draw – M Boutique Hotel, which is fitted out in the characteristic eclecticism that we, and many others, have come to associate with Lifeshop Atelier.
Modern minimalist furniture and interior design
Easily mistaken for a Scandinavian or Danish interior store, Neiviv is Asia’s answer to the overwhelming popularity of modern minimalist furniture and interior design. Be inspired by Neiviv’s clean and modern approach to living. Its showroom in the upscale Gardens Mall brings together some of the most inspirational emerging designers from the region including designers from Thailand, China, Taiwan and Malaysia. With a penchant for clean lines and stark geometry, Neiviv is unmistakably modern, contemporary and timeless. Look to this space for pared-down furniture, basics with an avant-garde sensibility.
Upcycled and vintage furniture
“You might see something you like, or else we can make it.” How’s that for a value preposition? Pieces is a boutique furniture company that upcycles and restores vintage furniture and household fixtures into modern desirables. The creative trio behind Pieces has a flair for transforming something unassuming such as a vintage window grille into a standout handmade table. Recycled wooden tables and reupholstered chairs contribute to the overall theme of rustic vintage. If unusual is something you strive towards, then you are sure to spend hours going through Pieces’ lovely collection.
Rustic reclaimed wooden furniture
Senasia Collection is our go-to for meticulously hand-crafted recycled teak wood furniture. Each piece of furniture is specially handpicked with no two pieces alike. Crafted in Indonesia and Thailand the rustic collections span from vases, lamps, paintings to other decorative items.
Contemporary scandi chic
Smuk Living recalls the golden age of Scandinavian and Nordic design styles from the mid-century period while giving the look a modern update. Guided by simple design principles, the home furnishing choices available at Smuk Living are elegant and classic and pair beautifully with a contemporary aesthetic. Along with furniture from Scandinavian design frontrunners like Normann, Hay, Eilersen, ferm living, Ton and Fredericia furniture are new and compelling designs such as the Milk work desk by Holmris and geometric storage systems by Muuto.
Unique vintage finds
One of the KL’s most popular furniture shops, The Curiousity Shop oozes an old school charm that pretty much resembles the one in Charles Dickens’ novel, “The Old Curiosity Shop”. Storeowner, Danny Ho, simply lives and breathes vintage wares, and fortunately for us vintage-lovers, decided to convert his collection of rare vintage items into a bona fide vintage store for like-minded collectors. The entire store looks like something out of a 1960s film, with old-school furniture made of faded wood, decades-old Japanese figurines, originally packaged Star Wars memorabilia, framed vintage advertisements, typewriters and even an old camera from World War I. The Curiousity Shop also does reupholstery, restoration and customisation services so you end up with a one-of-kind piece that you’ll treasure over the ages.
Sophisticated modern design classics
If you’re looking for a statement piece with wow factor, Timeless Design could be a fast favourite. Its contemporary designer furniture and fittings prove popular for their witty, forward-thinking and bold designs. A number of the pieces boast strong, sleek and graphic lines and ergonomic designs whilst scoring high on style. Interesting and irreverent designs such as the Harry Wire Chair, Bocca Lips Sofa and Miran Lounge Chair look set to be instant classics. Timeless Design is an imaginative playground of furniture that seeks to create excitement for the homemaker in visualising one’s own personal home.
Massive, one-stop furniture shop
No KL homewares article would be complete without the inclusion of Viva Home, a massive, one-stop shop that houses some of Malaysia’s most exciting home retailers. Whether you’re looking for new furniture, easy-to-carry home accessories or a random lifestyle item to show off to your friends back home, Viva Home has it all. Viva Home also takes part in the annual Malaysian Furniture & Furnishings Fair, which brings together a diverse range of furnishings businesses together in one place. And seeing that this homewares centre boasts such a wide selection of home retailers, you can bet that there are plenty brands to choose from – both established, such as Lorenzo, Star Living, Bina Warehouse, Home’s Harmony, Getha and Vilano and Cosway, and emerging.
Furniture in Kuala Lumpur
You know what they say, a girl can’t have too many shoes – or was it bags? Let’s make it both. And if you’re a shoe and bag nut like we are, we know you won’t be able to resist some accessory shopping in a shopping haven such as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Oh, and seeing that it is Malaysia that spawned one of the top international shoe designers in the fashion world, Jimmy Choo, would you expect any less than top-notch shoe designs and workmanship from this vibrant South-east Asian country? Well, if you do, trust us when we say you won’t be disappointed.
These 8 Accessories Designers in Kuala Lumpur we’ve spotted will definitely whet your appetite for some brand new kicks – just remember to leave some extra luggage space open or your new buys!
Just a few months ago, Iliza Ho’s striking bag designs stunned viewers at the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week – for good reasons, of course. Her designs are somewhat floral inspired, but in whimsical, unconventional, almost avant-garde forms that would catch your eye in any setting. But we don’t expect anything less form a designer who served as the personal assistant and then protégé of the renowned international shoe designer, Jimmy Choo. Iliza Ho certainly lives up to expectations, with her standout bag designs in quality leather.
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When royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton, dropped by Malaysia last year, it wasn’t a batik shawl or a pair of Jimmy Choo’s that was presented to the Duchess of Cambridge – it was a pair of black lace peep toe heels by Lewre. That’s how much Malaysia prides the local footwear label. From its humble beginnings as a one-man show working out of a van, Lewre has blossomed into a bourgeoning label with international appeal, boasting over 90 stores worldwide – not counting the many departmental stores that stock the brand.
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When Ling-n was first founded in 1992, under the name “Four Season Collection”, it specialised in mass production for the international market, manufacturing 120 pairs of shoes a day. Thankfully, in 1998, the local brand decided to take a different approach, turning to the custom-made market and producing only handmade shoes with genuine leather soles. Karina’s shoe designs range from avant-garde to simple and classic, with shoes that are embellished with jewels and stones as well as shoes that comes in simple, yet elegant designs. She also produces stunning clutch bags that would make perfect additions to formal outfits.
One of the most beautiful traditional art forms to come from Malaysia, Batik painting inspired entrepreneur Emilia Tan so much that she set up the TMSART, which is dedicated to the art. She paints and sells batik on a regular basis as well as conducts batik workshops to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of batik painters. Here, you can learn about batik, learn to create batik, learn to tie a batik scarf, and of course, buy batik-patterned merchandise. If anything, My Batik is more about keeping the art alive than anything else – but it certainly helps that it is here that you can get some of the most beautiful batik scarves than anywhere else.
The brainchild of two passionate shoe designers, Rhea and Benson, this shoe brand was established in 2011, and aims to achieve a Yin-Yang balance between strong and soft influences, resulting in shoe designs with a bit of an androgynous vibe. Arguably one of the most exciting shoe designers to emerge from Malaysia in recent years, the award-winning Rhea Benson boasts edgy geometric patterns, rich textures, clean cuts and minimal silhouettes in their designs, creating shoes that are extremely fashion-forward, yet wearable for the everyday city woman.
Malaysia may be known for cheap, low quality buys, but Sasha Rowena wants to change that. She dreams of the day when Malaysia is more known for luxury items and high-end batik clothes than flimsy key chains and thin, poorly made t-shirts. Which is why she dedicates her self to creating luxury bags for women, using only exquisite imported leather and exotic skins from South America, Europe and Asia. Her eye-catching pieces are sure to add a touch of femininity to any outfit – and certainly turn heads wherever you go.
Who’d have thought that someone could build a mini empire from selling socks? But that’s precisely what Loo Ying Keat did. Don’t expect hideous plain white socks that you could buy off the market at a dollar a pop, though. At Soxworld, you can find socks in all shapes and sizes and in a shockingly wide array of designs, from understated stylish ones, to polka dotted cutesy sorts. To date, Soxworld has expanded to over 40 retail outlets throughout Malaysia and the homegrown brand will soon extend its reach to the rest of the region.
Ving Ming is a relatively new designer to hit the local scene, having only debuted his preview collection in 2012 and launched it officially in 2013. But that only makes this brand a whole lot more exciting in our book. Expect contemporary designs that are edgy, yet elegant – perfect for the fashion-savvy working woman. In addition, every pair is handmade with excellent craftsmanship so you are assured quality in design as well as workmanship.
Accessories designers in Kuala Lumpur
We’ve covered our Top 10 Women’s Designers in Bangsar, but Kuala Lumpur (KL) is full of so many brilliant designers that we couldn’t resist sneaking in one more list of women’s fashion designers in Kuala Lumpur that we absolutely love.
Here are five more local labels that span multiple styles, from bold, unconventional varieties, to exquisite bridal and evening gowns. Be introduced to some of KL’s most gifted and, in some cases, most promising designers – in fact, we’re keeping a keen eye on a few, so you might want to as well!
Fashion lovers in Kuala Lumpur were devastated when popular label Gallo by Thian shut down, but, fortunately, the mind behind Gallo taken the plunge again with her second boutique, Bythian, bringing back her familiar whimsical, yet elegant styles for our benefit. We’re talking about Local designer Teresa Thian, of course, who first cut her teeth as a fashion coordinator at a department store but soon realised that she wasn’t quite living up to her potential. Starting up Gallo by Thian in 2006 was probably the best thing she ever did, as the label has since been featured in multiple fashion shows, from the Bangkok International Fashion Fair to Who’s Next in Paris – twice! And we expect no less from Bythian.
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If you love Malaysian fashion and are hoping to wed in a Malaysian-made wedding gown, look no further than Eric Choong. With more than 20 years of experience under his belt, Eric has made a name for himself in intricate made-to-measure bridal wear that will surpass all expectations and leave you looking breathtaking on your big day. In other good news, he also recently launched Freedom by Eric Choong, a new ready-to-wear casual menswear collection in collaboration with F.M.S (freedom Men’s Style) that, though completely different from his bridal line, has proven immensely popular among celebrities and newscasters alike.
Winner of the Malaysia Young Designer Competition in 2008, Joyce Wong later went on to snag another accolade at the Triumph Bag competition and, soon after, a short stint working under the tutelage of a renowned local designer, helping her hone the skills and discipline in fashion design. Perhaps her background in computer science has something to do with it, but her label, titled Duo by Joyce Wong often have digital overtones, with intentionally pixelated graphics and very structured cuttings. None can deny that her fashion style is definitely cutting-edge, with pieces that draw inspiration from big-name brands, but in a style that’s distinctly Joyce Wong.
For a hefty dose of ready-to-wear women’s collection that embraces all women – regardless of age or background, be sure to drop by MIMPIKITA. The local brand specialises in bold, timeless designs achieved through careful choice of colours and details that manage to play up the visual dramatisation of their collections, while injecting a classic, timeless quality into every design. Since kicking off in 2008, MIMPIKITA has achieved such great success they’ve branched out into other areas with two separate brands: KMEJA, which caters for male consumers; and REKAKITA, which specialises in home decorations.
Yii By Alan Ooi
The curiosity of a child is an amazing little thing that often intrigues us adults. In fact, it has intrigued KL-based designer Alan Ooi so much that he believes that children, with their endless curiosity, are natural-born artists. Which is why he prefers to see himself as a child, and hence creates designs inspired by the world as seen through the eyes of a child. The result is exuberating designs that are often loud and in unconventional shapes and silhouettes, yet at the same time pulse with rather dark undertones that hint at Alan’s underlying maturity.
Women’s fashion in Kuala Lumpur