With Raya just a month away, we’ve rounded up a few local design talents that we have our eye on to help us get ready for the festive season. From batik to accessories, these brands are created by Malaysian teams and we love what they are doing.
Founded by Francisca Turner Shaik, Frankitas is a local brand that incorporates traditional textile motifs such as Ikat, Batik, Songket, Tenun and Rangrang into a range of beautifully handcrafted bags and purses. The brand also supports economically disadvantaged crafters in rural areas by purchasing their rich textiles and fabrics at fair trade prices that are bought straight from the weavers or through NGO’s that represent them, from the villages of Indonesia, Flores Island, Nus Tenggara, Lombok and many more.
Frankitas’ raw, vibrant, cultural prints are what draws us in and will add colour and life to any outfit you decide to pair a pieces from the collection with. Prices are available upon request.
21 Jalan Setiabistari, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Suss by Bremen W is a newly launched ready-to-wear label started by Bremen Wong. The milliner has since teamed up with designer Afiq M, who currently is chief designer of Suss, and the two have released their first Hari Raya Lebaran 2015 collection. The collection features clean silhouettes and very organic materials that wear beautifully during the hot Raya season. Though the collection is made for men, sizes can be unisex and worn during other seasons during the year as each piece is extremely versatile.
All in all, we love the collection simply because it looks stylish, modern, with great quality. And as the prices range from RM250 – RM500, the collection offers affordable price points for everyone. The Suss showroom also carries other labels such as Maatin Shakir, Hide, Villiam Ooi, Ving Ming.
No. 19-2, Jalan PJU 5/13, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, 47810, Petaling Jaya
Batika is a Malaysian online store that produces apparel created from fine quality batik. Founded in 2012 by Noorul-Hudaa Abdul-Rahman, the brand was inspired by vintage photos of her Indonesian mother dressed in beautiful traditional garbs, with a batik sarong that folded like a fan down the front. Hudaa was so taken up with the batik that she began to search for unique designs and prints.
The brand now concentrates on the craft of sourcing batik pieces which are sold either as fabric or as sewn kain kipas: beautiful wearable fashion pieces. Items range from RM149 – RM479.
Available online at www.batikabyhudaa.com
Newly married couple Amalina and Munir only launched PikatKL earlier this year, and already, the brand has grown to have a large following. The brand and their owners focuses on creating ready-to-wear pieces that are affordable, functional and accessible, with beautiful prints, colours and textured fabrics that catch the eye of everyone in the room as well as help you stand out.
PikatKL sewn batik skirts cost about RM139 and their physical stores are located at Garderobe in Empire Damansara and Grandeur Bandar Baru Uda in Johor Bahru.
D-B3-01, Block Empire Soho 2, Empire Damansara No 2, Jln Pju 8/8 A, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya.
Started by Shana Azooi back when she was a model, the idea of her brand was inspired by beautiful pieces she wore on the runway. Shana picked up her brush and began to paint on unassembled clutches to to create pieces that were fashionable but more art-centric. Last year, in 2014, the she finally kicked off her brand with the help of her mother and sister.
Now, she sells these beautiful hand painted pieces with both abstract and floral designs. Price points that range from RM780 – RM1,300, with every piece being unique. Shana has also since added jewellery to her portfolio, with prices starting at RM120.
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