Kuala Lumpur is a shopper’s paradise with more malls, big international brands, and local designers than you can sneeze at. But sometimes, generic labels just don’t cut it. Here’s a list of four places you can go to for some edgier fashions, cooler vibes, and just an all-round different shopping experience – plus an extra shop that treads the line between mainstream fashion and indie cool.
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A no-brainer for some, the neighbourhood of Bangsar was and still is the ultimate destination for quirkier shops. You can spend hours discovering interesting items in I Love Snackfood, a concept store which stocks products both local and international, all of which are curated as a ‘collection of happy things’.
Visit other gems like The Offday for rarer international options like Supreme and for premium Malaysian brands, or head to Pestle & Mortar for some casual lifestyle fashion and Malaysian designer love.
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Kuala Lumpur’s best artsy mall, Publika is the place to go if you have a hankering for some creative vibes. Home to a host of independent boutiques and cafes, Publika will catch your attention with its décor — sculptures pepper the grounds — and with their unique range of stores.
If you’re not sure where to start, we’d recommend heading to Allien for some cool urban fashion and accessories from stylist and designer Allien Gan and to Ben’s Independent Grocer to ogle the gastronomic delights on display.
The district of Subang, especially around SS15 and SS17, is fast becoming a hipster enclave (in the good way). Not only are there plenty of cafes to satisfy your coffee and social media addictions, shopaholics can venture off the beaten path for some retail therapy as well.
Visit Pattern Store for clothing from labels like Obliq and Supreme or simply to browse their selection of stationery, magazines, and vintage cameras. Try on some denim at the city cool Nusantara Denims or streetwear at 17Gallery before picking up a record or CD at Teenage Head Records.
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4. Major Drop
It’s difficult not to be drawn to Sunway Pyramid Shopping Centre’s multi-label store, Major Drop. The ambient lights and edgy atmosphere play up the vast array of items in store and you can practically feel your shopping senses come alive once you lay eyes on it.
Stocked with over 50 international brands, this chain brings in labels that are rare in Kuala Lumpur and has everything from sunglasses to shoes. There are big wigs like Herschel and more obscure brands like Dime Piece so every trip seems like an exciting adventure.
5. M Pavilion
Last on our list is M Pavilion. Sure, it may seem pretty mainstream to some, especially since their merchandise is touted as higher end designers from all over the world, but it’s worth noting that the offerings here stay away from Chanel and the like.
Instead, expect to find more uncommon offerings at M Pavilion such Clover Canyon, Elizabeth and James, Markus Lupfer, Opening Ceremony, and Victoria Beckham. Fans of more niche labels, this is just the spot for you.
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