When we think of clothing brands, we often picture international clothing labels like H&M, Uniqlo, Padini and Topshop. But did you know Malaysia is home to various renowned fashion brands, too?
In fact, many of our homegrown fashion labels have made a significant impact in the local and international scene.
Here are 5 local clothing brands making a mark for all the right reasons!
1. Pestle & Mortar
From its humble beginnings at bazaars and festival markets, Pestle & Mortar has established itself as the country’s number one streetwear label. Founded in 2010 by three close friends, the brand celebrates Malaysian culture in its designs, making it a customer favourite!
“The most ordinary and mundane things, sometimes defines who we really are, but more importantly, where we come from”- Pestle and Mortar.
If you are looking for custom-made t-shirts, this brand may suit your needs!
Being the first Malaysian personalised clothing company, Idotshirt allows customers to add their personal touch to clothes. From the customisation of the colour to the design, customers have the liberty to design their own outfits to reflect their true personalities.
There are currently 3 main themes that are available for personalisation- number, box, and script. Fret not; the brand is working to introduce more elements for customisation!
3. The Swagger Salon
What started out as a humble online store quickly became an empire of streetwear line in the local fashion scene. The idea for The Swagger Salon was derived from its founder, Shen who likes designing his own t-shirts with products like fabric paint.
As a matter of fact, Swagger Salon first started out in the industry by incorporating the famous Cantonese tagline ‘LANSI’, which means ‘arrogant’ or ‘cocky’ into its brand.
Many locals seem to gravitate towards the unique style as the company has gone to expand beyond its ‘LANSI’ collection, producing the two original lines Taikor and NSFW (Nice Shirt For Work).
4. Attack Apparel
Launched in 2009, this streetwear line boasts a range of fashionable items. From hoodies to iPhone covers, the clothing line is known for its complicated graphic designs.
What’s more, the store is also one of the few local brands to break through the international market with a following among foreign celebrities such as Spanish singer, Anth Alonso from the rock band, Lancaster.
5. Tarik Jeans
Tarik Jeans aspires to be more than just a denim label. In fact, it aims to be a movement that encourages the younger generation to embrace cultural diversity through philosophy. In addition, the brand constantly works on empowering local talents and improving the local fashion scene. Speaking to the Asian Entrepreneur, founder, Afiq Iskandar reveals:
“The brand is constantly looking out for talented local designers, artist and musicians to collaborate with. We hope to share the amazing work of these local talents through fashion for every Malaysian to embrace.”
*Featured image sourced from neighbourlist.com/idotshirt.com