Not content to wear single hats, these Malaysian fashion entrepreneurs are far more than run-of-the-mill designers or stylists. Here in the spotlight are 10 locals who not only are a creative force to reckon with but are savvy business entrepreneurs to boot.
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The Managing Director of Fashion Valet is a favourite for her candid look into her life as a stylemaker, young mum and business woman.
2. Wak Doyok
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With his unwavering commitment to 3-piece suits and coiffed hair, Mohammad Azwan Shah (pictured in the middle) has revolutionised the British mod look for Malaysia. He co-founded clothing brand The Garment by day, but by night he is a familiar face at events, having been nominated for Esquire Magazine’s Best Dressed Real Man.
3. Ung Yiu Lin
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The creator of KLutched and ShoesShoesShoes, Ung Yiu Lin (pictured on the left) shares accessible looks from her shops and with slices of personal life, such as her baby Zara and globe-trotting holidays. It’s clear to see where her inspiration lies.
4. Shentel Lee
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One half of the Sereni & Shentel accessory brand, a visit to Shen-Tel Lee’s Instagram is a treasure trove of inspiration. While she doesn’t feature much, expect to see her catalogue of yummy food, design inspiration flat lays and behind-the-scenes at work and of her family of 4.
5. Hugh Koh
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Hugh Koh leads a busy life as co-founder of Pestle & Mortar, one of Malaysia’s premier streetwear brands, and League of Captains, a new cafe cum boutique in the revamped Asian Heritage Row. Yet as seen through his Instagram, work/life balance is of utmost importance, with his constant sharing of fitness pursuits.
6. Yuna Zarai
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While most Malaysians know Yuna as the local-crooner-done-good, she also heavily dabbles in fashion. She’s been the face of the Hana Tajima x Uniqlo collection, featured in international publications as a style icon and most notably, since 2013, founder of November Culture, a label that shares her unique take on muslimah fashion.
7. Kittie Yiyi
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With her love for colour and polka dots, Kittie Yiyi’s Instafeed is an eye-capturing one. She is a blogger turned fashion designer who has channeled her quirky style to showing her first collection at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2014 and will be following up at the 2015 edition as well.
8. Harmini Asokumar
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Her claim to fame may be her unique dreamcatchers as fashion accessories, but Harmini Asokumar has transformed Deeper Than Fashion to a veritable lifestyle website. Filled with food recipes and beauty recommendations, this self-professed ‘artepreneur’ continues to be the queen of DIY.
9. Ana Abu
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Possessing a simple yet tasteful style, Ana Abu may have started out thrifting, but now as a curator of her own store, she continues to be a powerhouse at relatable muslimah fashion. On her down time, her Instafeed is filled with gorgeous travel pictures.
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If you saw something you liked on her feed, odds are, Ching made it. Not satisfied with being a mere designer, she has also branched out to create weekly sewing classes for beginners to share her love for DIY.