I missed the launch of the Actually multi-label boutique in Kuala Lumpur recently, but fortunately had the opportunity to check out further and delve in deeper into the new retail outlet that is potentially promising in the Malaysian independent label scene.
Omar, Director, Actually KL
I was informed that Actually is a brainchild of Paul Kor, a Malaysian native who has been residing in Singapore for about 15 years or so. He established the Actually boutique in the majestic Raffles Hotel, which subsequently developed into one of the few shops that stocks burgeoning Singaporean designers, alongside European labels with already cult-like following. This success further spawns Actually Actually, a store with higher-end labels catering the deep-pocketed fashion enthusiasts on the island. And of course this naturally evolves to a successful up-and-running e-shop. On the other side of Causeway, however, the Malaysian branch is owned by Kor's friend, Shahrom Rashid.
Image via Tongue in Chic
However I am excited to see that after a slew of multiple label shops like MUSA and the now department-store-tenant Materiel, Actually KL has proven that it is yet another promising act in the shopping scene dominated by giant international retail companies. Of course ideally I'd love to see both niche succeed with their presence hand in hand but evidently this will pose such a big challenge, especially for a fledgling enterprise like Actually KL, when we are well informed about Malaysians' unshakable pack mentality of sticking to trusty luxury labels and well-known designers.
Stay tuned for what Actually KL has in store...