Flagship "Betjeman & Barton" tea room opened in Malaysia

Lyslie Legendre - 24-juil.-2014 06:57:49
French luxury tea merchant, Betjeman & Barton (B&B) opened its first flagship tea room on  June 2014 at 1Utama Shopping Mall. First  established in Paris in 1919, B&B has since then open more than 20 outlets around the world spanning from France, Belgium, Canada, Holland, Switzerland, Japan to Singapore.   Le Monde Fashion Group, the Master Franchisee of B&B for Malaysia, plans to open more outlets in strategic locations nationwide. 

Shopping : Sinéquanone opened in Malaysia

Lyslie Legendre - 06-sept.-2013 11:20:40
After Bangkok and Singapore , the French ready - to-wear brand is now available in Malaysia.  Global Retail Venture Sdn Bhd opened the first outlet at Parkson Pavilion in June 2013 . Sinéquanone already has nearly 35 outlets in Asia. While many French luxury brands are present in Malaysia , the arrival of French stores like Sinéquanone is quite new .

VINCI signs a design-build contract for an office tower in Malaysia

MAZLAN Rafizah - 19-août-2013 10:12:48
VINCI Construction Grands Projets has signed a €60 million contract with the Akal Megah Sdn Bhd company to design and build an office tower in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, the capital of the state of Sabah in the northern part of the island of Borneo. The contract covers design and construction of a four-level car park, a three-storey podium of shops and a 10-storey office tower with a total surface area of 65,000 sq. metres. The work will get under way on 1 August 2013 and handover is scheduled on 31 March 2015. With this new contract, VINCI Construction Grands Projets reinforces its operations in Malaysia, where it handed over the 700,000 sq. metre Berjaya Times Square project, Asia’s largest contiguous residential and shopping complex, in Kuala Lumpur in 2003 and is currently building the 185,000 sq. metre Berjaya Central Park project. Source: Vinci Press Release    


Lyslie Legendre - 19-août-2013 06:29:31
On the 12 th of July 2013, Pavilion, one of Kuala Lumpur prestigious shopping mall, hosted Lampe Berger first anniversary celebration. Jubilant Prestige officially took over the Malaysian and Brunei distributorship last year in a signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur between CEO of Lampe Berger Paris Mr. Richard Mamez and Ms. Julie Lim, CEO of Jubilant Prestige Sdn Bhd in the presence of the Ambassador of France, Her Excellency Madame Martine Dorance at the Lampe Berger store in Kuala Lumpur. In conjunction with the celebration, Lampe Berger took the opportunity to launch the Lampe Berger pop-up kiosk at Pavilion KL, which will tour major malls in the Klang Valley, Penang, Johor Bahru, Melaka, Sabah and Sarawak for the next twelve months. The kiosk will also showcase unique designer lamps. Lampe Berger Malaysia is also launching its ‘Breast Cancer Support Initiative’ by pledging portions of its sales going towards the cause. For one year from 8th July 2013 until 8th July 2014, every lamp and bottle of essential oil sold will have RM10 and RM1 respectively donated to the cause. To ignite the initiative, Ms. Julie Lim on behalf of Lampe Berger Malaysia raised RM10,000 from the pre-sale of 20 Carat Premium Coffret lamps and essential oils. Source : Lamper Berger Malaysia Sharan J.Valiram, Valiram Group Executive Director, Steven Yeam, Founder of One Community Worlwide, François Matraire,  ‎Trade Commissioner and Commercial Counsellor to the Embassy of France in Malaysia, French Trade Commission Ubifrance in Malaysia, Ms.  Julie Lim, Jubilant Prestige CEO, Ms. Ranjit Kaur,  President of Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia, and Ms. Winnie Lim, Jubilant Prestige Director.

Jubilant Prestige has big plans for Lampe Berger in Malaysia

Wai Kwan Wong - 15-juin-2012 09:58:24
KUALA LUMPUR: Jubilant Prestige Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Lampe Berger Paris products in Malaysia, is aiming for sales to reach RM2 million. Its chief executive officer Julie Lim said the company is taking the necessary steps to market the brand on a conventional retail basis, meaning the French products are now accessible to anyone at affordable prices. "We hope to achieve the sales target of RM2 million, within a month, through our outlets in Bangsar, Sungei Wang Plaza and Solaris Dutamas," she said. Lim was speaking after the signing of a distribution agreement with Lampe Berger Paris here yesterday.   Lampe Berger products can be positioned as a pioneer in the air purifying and aromatic fragrance sector and 44 types of essential oils are offered, serving various functions. She said the company aims to have Lampe Berger products in every household, office and other establishments. "We aim to achieve this by setting up a minimum of 20 kiosks or stores in the Klang Valley within a month of operations," she added. Lim said the company’s intention to expand the present market is mainly due to positive response from Lampe Berger clients and those who had purchased the products via other channels. "We have plans to open three outlets in the Pavilion, Mid Valley Megamall and Bangsar Shopping Centre soon," she added. She said the company is opening up business opportunities for those interested in state dealerships. In terms of pricing, she said the company will follow Europe’s affordable recommended retail price. "Overall, we hope to represent Lampe Berger Paris in Malaysia by successfully positioning ourselves at strategic locations, providing the best customer services and offering a wide product range at competitive prices," Lim said. Lampe Berger’s essential oils are said to have various properties which include improving one’s physical condition, such as, the lavender to alleviate insomnia, eucalyptus to aid in overall respiratory problems and sandalwood to enhance calmness. Due to its exclusivity, Lampe Berger bottles have now become a collector’s item over the years, as only 30 new pieces are made each year. Bernama Read more: Jubilant Prestige has big plans for French company’s products

Sophie Paris opened its flagship store in Petaling Jaya

Wai Kwan Wong - 08-mars-2012 05:53:17
French fashion brand Sophie Paris, which opened its flagship store in Petaling Jaya (PJ) yesterday as part of its multi-level-marketing (MLM) foray into Malaysia, aims to generate RM15 million in sales in the country this year. After investing RM5 million for its store in the country, Sophie Paris aims to grow the brand by engaging with distributors to promote and sell membership as well as its range of products. "We will start with handbags and accessories first, then introduce our range of cosmetics and clothing later in the year, followed by shoes in 2013," said Sophie Paris Malaysia managing director Geoffrey Bagot at the launch of the store yesterday. The Jakarta-based company hopes to entice customers to sign up as members as they can earn additional income when they continue to recruit members in the process. "This will help to drive and meet our sales target within the next 12 months. We hope to register 20,000 members this year," he said. Sophie Paris was founded in 1995 by Frenchman Bruno Hasson in Indonesia and has since expanded operations to Morocco, Philippines, Vietnam and now Malaysia (its fifth store). The company generated total sales of US$100 million (RM315 million) last year with more than 1.5 million members globally selling 75,000 products everyday. "We are confident in this market because there is no MLM company in Malaysia that solely specialises in highend fashion at affordable prices. We have a new catalogue out every 40 days, so this keeps our products new and fresh. "The fashion industry in Malaysia is very dynamic and since most women love to make shopping a social gathering, this will also be a great business opportunity for them," said Bagot. Currently, the products available in Sophie Paris Malaysia are handbags, wallets, costume jewellery and accessories such as watches and sunglasses. The company distributes and markets its products through a network marketing model. It has nine brands including Son Altese Sophie and Sophie Signature. Sophie Paris has just opened its doors to the public and is located at C-01, PJX-HM Shah Tower, No. 16A, Persiaran Barat, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. For more information about Sophie Paris, please visit . Source : Malaysian Reserve

Malaysia International Fashion Week (MIFW’11) is back

Wai Kwan Wong - 28-oct.-2011 05:39:50
T IS time to raise the glamour stakes again. Yes, the Malaysia International Fashion Week (MIFW’11) is back – and it’s bigger than ever. MIFW, hailed as one of the most prestigious fashion events in the region, is an ongoing effort by the Malaysian International Fashion Alliance (Mifa) to support the professional development of local couturiers and promote the Malaysian fashion industry in the global market. This year’s instalment of the annual event – which started in 2003 – will be held at Zebra Square in Kuala Lumpur from Nov 21 to 27. This year, London-based Singaporean designer Ashley Isham, known for combining big-time glamour with contemporary elements in his signature drape dresses, is among the 170 local and international designers who will be showcasing their collections at the event. MIFW’11 boasts 26 fashion showcases altogether. Among them is the Asia Magic Gala, which will be held at 8pm on Nov 24. The showcase will feature some of the most celebrated designers in Asia. They include the much-revered Ashley, Malaysian Khoon Hooi, and world-famous actress-turned-designer Lee Sinje, who has taken girlish elegance to new heights with her latest collection, Cacac by Sinje. Emerging local labels KLutched and Gallo will also be unveiling their latest collections at the event. The young and young-at-heart may be interested in a fun showcase titled Tribute To Mickey & Friends on Nov 26. At this event, MIFW pays tribute to Mickey Mouse, by featuring past MIFW participants and their personal ode to the classic Disney icon. Meanwhile, notable bridal designers Eric Choong and Carven Ong will add a touch of luxe to the runway with their elaborate gowns. The Bridal Glitz showcase, to be held at 4.30pm on Nov 26, will also feature collections by Celest Thoi, designer labels Nthiran Couture and Allure Couture, and jewellery brand Suhara Jewel Art. Co-hosts for this wedding extravaganza are Signature Weddings (renowned bridal magazine and online portal) and MyDentist (a celebrity dentist who is focused on providing “winning smiles” to customers, including potential brides-to-be). Rising star “Up-and-coming designer Silas Liew is especially one to look out for,” says Mifa chairman Heah Sieu Lay. Liew, who won Mifa’s Who’s Next Designer Search last year, will be premiering his men’s wear collection at MIFW’11 on Nov 24. Heah explains that the annual search for budding designers around the country is part of Mifa’s efforts to encourage young talents to explore the fashion industry. “It helps us discover young talents and to guide them towards a possible career in fashion. Participants also gain exposure in both local and international markets through the competition,” he elaborates. “The winner of this year’s Designer Search will get the opportunity to participate in the Who’s Next? fashion trade fair in Paris, France in 2012.” Heah reveals that Mifa has also been working with local fashion associations such as the Bumiputra Designers Association (BDA), Young Designers’ Arena (YODA) and Islamic Fashion Festival (IFF) on this year’s fashion week. “The associations have invited designers from Indonesia and Vietnam and I’m excited to see how they will present their unique qualities in their creations,” he says. To boost the international appeal of the local fashion industry, Mifa also introduced the Global Fashion Inspiration (GFI) programme this year. Heah says the programme aims to acquaint homegrown talents with the international fashion scene. “We are sending local designers to participate in fashion weeks around the world. This year, under the GFI, the Farah Khan label has had the chance to showcase its designs at the Russia Fashion Week.” Delectable dozen Mifa also conceptualised The Twelve, a pop-up clothing store at Fahrenheit88 in Kuala Lumpur. Launched last April, The Twelve features a dozen of the nation’s most promising designer labels: Benson Chen, Radzuan Radziwill, Key Ng, Sasha Rowena, TAS Iman by Tom Abang Saufi, Shinju Pearls, JKhan, PU3, uREKA, BDA, YODA and Zero To Ten. “The Twelve was formed to provide a platform for local designers to display and sell their creations, and will be available at the shopping mall till April next year,” Heah says. “Apart from that, we have also invited foreign trade buyers to attend MIFW’11 to create more business opportunities for our designers. Some designers have actually been invited to fashion weeks overseas or sold their collections to stores all over the world as a result of these meetings.” Heah shares his big plans for the local fashion scene. “Ultimately, our target is to propel the local fashion industry to the ranks of renowned fashion capitals such as Paris, Milan, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong. “We encourage our designers to come up with ready-to-wear pieces to increase the international marketability and appeal of their designs.” That said, Heah admits the industry is not without its flaws. “Our fashion industry is still very young in comparison to our European counterparts. But we believe that continuous efforts and experience will transform the industry over time. “Designers here are actually very creative and innovative but they need some guidance when it comes to marketing and selling their collections.” Some of the challenges they face include engaging the proper channels to export their clothes, Heah opines. “We are helping them overcome these challenges by introducing them to Mifa’s logistic partners. For example, Logwin Logistics is our official logistics partner this year and they’re coming up with a service that will help assist designers who want to export their collections.” To learn more about Mifa and MIFW’11, log on to . The Star is an official media partner.
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