I'm going to be spending 3 (seperate) days in KL this May, one of which I intend to spend shopping. I'll also be spending some time in Singapore and Penang, so perhaps someone could advise me where I'll find most reasonable prices (I'm still a student).
I'm trying to find out the names of Malaysian women's fashion/department stores.
I'm also interested in people's experience of using tailor's - good/bad quality, price vs high street shops.
Lastly, I'd also appreciate advice on hair/beauty salons - again, I'm quite price sensitive.
I would suggest sungai wang for shopping. Prices are reasonable. http://www.sungeiwang.com/ . You can check out petaling street (chinatown on KL) as well. But beware of rip offs.
I am no shopaholic...but my wife is (now isn't that every woman's past-time..eerrr...passion?). She gave me a running commentary...and here it is (yawn...edited!):
....You can start with Central Market, on Jalan Hang Kasturi, where at Songket & Sutera Asli (M53) you can find beautiful songket (richly woven silk) fabric from the East Coast.Prices begin at RM75 (US$20) and then climb indefinitely depending on workmanship.
Next you have Little India at Jalan Masjid India where you will find rows and rows of shops selling brightly hued sarees and Bollywood-inspired Indian dresses (salwar kameez and lengas). Salwars are loose fitting tunics with a long knee-length shirt/blouse while lengas are long skirts. Bargain! Don’t freak out!
Next,parallel to Jalan Masjid India is Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman lined with shops, noted for their wonderful fabric,Gulatis Silk House (162/164, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, tel: 2698-3901) and Euro Moda (No. 126 & 128), both more recent additions, deserve mention for their exquisite fabric, studded with sequins and beads.
Moving upscale, the ciyt’s monster malls are crammed with designer brands….from Versace, Gucci and Prada to Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. The Suria Shopping Complex (Jalan Ampang), is a gem, with its swank shops, cafes and beautiful people. The other is the upscale Aseana , a treasure trove of antiques and handmade clothing from all around the region. Perk up your wardrobe with shawls and sarongs by designers Marilyn Tan and Bobby Ch'ng and your home with silk, teapots and sculptures. If you love all things beautiful, then you have Salabianca (17, First Floor), adored for its stunning fashion. Expect everything from top to toe - accessories to chiffon and silk tops and skirts adorned with delicate beading, painstakingly hand sewn.
Then you have the trendy Bintang Walk. There’s Lot 10, StarHill, KL Plaza, and of course, Sungei Wang Plaza and Bukit Bintang Plaza. Berjaya Times Square (Jalan Imbi), with over 1,000 shops.
Or you can drool over sequins and ruffles conjured up by top local designers, Rizalman Ibrahim (Rizalman Ibrahim Couture, 2/F, Bukit Bintang Plaza) and Bernard Chandran (S-32, 2/F, KL Plaza) .
If that is not enough..hmmmm…pop by Maju Junction Mall (Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman), and Mid Valley Megamall (Lingkaran Syed Putra), and yes the Sogo Pernas Department Store (190, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman), Ampang Park Shopping Complex (Jalan Ampang, City Square (Jalan Tun Razak, and The Mall (Jalan Putra.
Oh yes, I forgot take a cab to the hip-hop place, Bangsar, track down spunky local designer, Melinda Looi’s Showroom (279, Jalan Maarof). Her haute couture designs are distinct; dresses in muted tones, embellished with intricate beading and crystals. Purportedly gracing the wardrobe of celebrities like Elizabeth Hurly and Cameron Diaz! How about it ?
Oh yes, about tailors and hair/beauty salons...I need my cafe ngum first!
Fantastic, thanks very much for your replies. I'm somewhat of a magpie and love the sound of so many silks, beads & sequins!
Hey...i thought only the satin bower bird does that!!! just joking...
KL is a shopper's paradise. From Feb 5 onwards, the Chinese New year period would have been over. Hence you might get good bargains since prices will have to go down as festivities are over.
You might try areas near sungai wang plaza. if need more advice, post here.