New online stores
Emma Chong picks four of the latest online stores you should check out
We love multi-brand shopping websites, and newest kid on the block Zalora is off to a good start. They’ve adopted the model of Zappos from the US and offer free nationwide shipping across the board, no minimum purchase required. Their unique selling point at the moment is their wide range of Australian high street labels, which rarely make it to our shores – you’ll find a good mix of Ladakh, Living Doll, Superfine, Woodford & Co and Mollini here, among others. The Australian brands are punctuated with familiar local names like Baci, Area 27, Tom Abang Saufi and Chic Yamada. Altogether Zalora offers 170 labels, across women’s and men’s apparel, shoes and accessories. The site is clean and easy to navigate, although some of the item descriptions could use some tweaking (eg. ‘a look that is sure to dazzle as brightly as your smile’).
While online clothes stores have been propagating, the accessory market has been left somewhat wanting. Enter Soak Republic, an online inventory of nearly every accessory you could need. You can browse by theme (from Couture to Owls) or category, with bags, bracelets, necklaces and earrings all well represented. They do particularly well in the necklace department with chunky statement jewellery featuring gold encased rhinestones, the aforementioned owls, filigree flowers and cascading feathers.
If you tire of yellow legal pads and uniform desk diaries, and have an affinity for watercolour pastels and dainty illustrations, look no further than Petit Paper. Started by a Malaysian paper fan to relieve her stationery boredom, the online shop brings in pretty letter sets, cards, notebooks and planners from Japan and Korea. Petit Paper also stocks an excellent range of Japanese washi tape, the colourful, printed masking tape you never knew you needed.
Despite their best efforts, art galleries can be intimidating and prices alarming. If you’re in the market for a piece of conversational art, you won’t go wrong at New Oral – they bring in alternative, pop, contemporary and street art, most in the form of posters and all visually arresting. New Oral carries original pieces (each one signed and numbered by the artist) and prints, for very affordable prices. Prints can go for as low as RM50, and rarely over RM200.