For some reason I found myself in Bangsar Village a lot recently for various errands (and because I kinda like the cozy neighbourhood feel of the mall). During one of the days, a friend wanted to check out the electrical store there but when we got to the 1st Floor, we saw that it was no longer there and was instead replaced with a clothing store – Peacocks. Naturally we were a little bummed, although I was curious about it.
I didn’t get a chance to step in there till the media launch a few weeks later where happily I was given free reign to snap photos inside the store willy nilly! 😀 I’ve got my views on the store right at the bottom of the post 🙂
Peacocks is a clothing store from the UK. I must admit that I didn’t quite notice it while I was in London. And no wonder. When I checked the store finder on the site, the stores are a little off the shopping track. Still, I noticed prices on the website were affordable and it was interesting to see how it translates here.
The in-house brand is E-Vie. From a personal point of view, I found it to be a bit of a mish-mash mix between Marks & Spenser, Topshop and … I don’t know Vincci? The store caters for families – women, men and children and the children’s clothes are quite adorable. Very affordable on the website, less affordable in the store here. I liked the cream dress with lace bolero as worn by the model above. When I tried it on, I looked pregnant. Not a good look 🙁
I found the prices here to be a bit of a mixed bag. Their basic long sleeved T-shirts were of decent quality and cost RM39 which I though was alright. But then they had basic checked shirts for RM93 which I thought was a bit pricey considering its really casual wear. Dresses ranged in quality and price from below RM100 to about RM219. A decent looking lace dress was about RM163 but the sequins spoilt the look.
Perhaps too the store is launching in the Autumn/Winter party season so clothes tended to be heavy, knitted, black or sequinned. In fact, the store is pretty much black and grey. I like colour in my clothes which is why I might not have been so enthusiastic about it. What is nice is that they bring in quite a big range of sizes, so if you are a little plus sized and want to find something for the party season, you could look in Peacocks. Smallest size is 8 – typical British sizing – and it goes up to about 16/18 I believe.
The styles weren’t quite me, so I gravitated towards the back of the store where they had racks of underwear and pyjamas and accessories and shoes.
They sell underwear by the packs too, which is very Marks & Spenser. A pack of 5 is RM33-36 depending on cut. I copped a feel and the material was decently soft. They also sell some lacy things and thongs for about RM39/3 pick and mix. Not too shabby a deal. Also spotted shapewear and push up bras in all colours of the rainbow.
The shoes and accessories might attract many. There were boots (!) and heels and it was all a bit Vincci. Prices aren’t earth shaking so its worth taking a look. The accessories were quite good though. Pretty dangly shiny bits of earrings, necklaces and bracelets that aren’t too expensive so you can get into the trendy look without spending a bomb. I nearly got myself a multi-layered necklace with faux pearls and bits of metal and stuff on it, but held back knowing I’d never wear it anywhere 😛
Worth noting: Peacocks offers 10% discount all year round for students with production of a valid student ID (I’m not sure what that means) Clarification received: This means that Peacocks London offers 10% discount all year through for students who show their Student Card (students usually get this when they enroll in any university or college)
What I think of Peacocks
As I said above, I found it all quite Marks and Sparks but a wee bit more affordably priced. However,I felt the quality isn’t quite what I expected for its price tag. Sure, some of them were quite decent to touch, but I felt that in the main, the material felt a bit stiff, thin and rough to the touch. This is particularly so in the cotton and denimwear. The knitwear and cardigans were quite nice, but of thick wool/acrylic so its just all too much for our hot humid weather.
There wasn’t much in the way of office wear. Just a small section of pants and a skirt that exaggerated my already big hips. There was just 1 work shirt that did not quite justify the RM93 pricetag. Maybe we’ll see more come in later.
I do think their accessory and underwear section is worth taking a look at. The costume jewellery is quite wearable and decent for the prices – from RM20 and up and they even have a knock off Proenza Shouler satchel which I anticipate will fly off the shelves soon.
I did walk out of the store with a Peacocks bag though – I bought 2 sets of pyjamas. Its one of those things 😛
Oh and the pricing? Although its not quite Topshop or Dorothy Perkins or Miss Selfridge pricing – not even quite Marks and Spenser – there is a mark up from the UK pricing. In the UK Peacocks looks to be a very affordable brand, not Primark pricing but affordable. But prices here do tend to be a little more pricey. As an example, the red checked PJs above are £6 on the website and its RM43 here. However, despite the markup, RM43 is not bank breaking and pretty affordable for a pair of flannel pyjamas.
On an overall basis, I do think the prices here are affordable for the most part for a UK brand and that the accessories, lingerie and nightwear are worth taking a look at. I would probably check back in when the Spring/Summer collection comes in to see what they have to offer and hopefully in brighter colours.
Still, I’m told that that distributors have big plans for Peacocks so do look out for a new Peacocks store opening in some of the other larger malls in the city. But if you want to take a look at what they have to offer for now, Peacocks is at Bangsar Village I on the 1st Floor, above the Village Grocer.
If you have been to take a look, I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂
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I remember Peacocks very well. When I was in England (spring 2007) my aunt took me to Peacocks as soon as I got off the plane to get some socks as I foolishly brought only thin sport socks. A pack of 5 pairs very thick cotton socks costs only 5 Pounds. Decent quality too as those socks are still in good condition.
Ah! Someone who is familiar with the brand 😀 I did like the men’s socks strangely enough. There was a set of 7 with Monday-Sunday and smiley/sad faces on them. So cute!
I took a look-see about a month or two back when out shopping with a girlfriend. Was very curious so popped in to see and I was totally amazed(not!) that they have mainly winter clothings that time. But I was really taken away when I saw the lingerie, you’re right, bra’s in all colours..hehe! They’re very much affordable 🙂
Yup! I wasn’t quite thrilled with all the winter wear because really, what’s the point?! Party wear maybe but heavy cardigans and jackets? Didn’t endear me. Lucky the rear of the store is something we can wear all year round 😉
Cindy Tong says
IMO, peacock is jus like Primark quality totally non comparable with Topshop or even Mark n Spencer. However with that price range what could u ask more…If u ask me I prefer Primark/ Newlook rather than Peacock!
Actually I’d place Peacock quality over Primark any day. I wasn’t impressed at all with the paper thin offerings there 🙂 But definitely not Topshop/Marks & Sparks. The latter are better but you gotta admit that the styles are all quite similar, which is what I meant really 🙂 As you said though, with those sort of prices, you gotta expect that sort of quality. Personally I’d do Uniqlo for better quality at roughly similar prices 😀
It’s another brand I’ve never heard of until I saw the store in BV. Finally found the time (read: not paying RM1 per hour for parking) to go inside and wander around. Thought it was so-so, just want to see what they bring in for Spring/Summer.
Didn’t get anything.
Parking at BV can get pricey. I try to find parking outside where possible 😉 But like you, I’d never heard of the store/brand either till I saw it. I’m waiting for Spring/Summer too. Autumn/Winter is just too dull and dreary and thick for our weather!
“Peacocks offers 10% discount all year round for students with production of a valid student ID (I’m not sure what that means)”
I think there are people who try to get away by producing an expired student ID card, LOL.
HAHA! You could be right 😀 Although I wonder how school kids can produce student ID. Schools don’t issue IDs do they?
This is actually a practice from UK schools – producing an NUS (National Union of Students) card gets a discount. Basically many stores accept this for discounts, like Asos and McDonalds and even Virgin Railway.
Yeah I thought it might be related to the NUS card. Only thing is during my time, the NUS card was only really for university level students. Used to maximise discounts on them, few as they were then 😀 But over here in Malaysia, I’m not sure we have such a system. I did overhear the cashier ask for student ID from a kid and I’m not sure if schools even issue a student ID. Or maybe they do these days 😛
Hey PB, thanks for this. Since I’m always in BV, but am strapped with a child in hand, I never get a chance to check it out! Will go look see next time knowing that there are some treasures in there-hehe!
Yay! Hehe wait till Summer stuff come in. I think it’ll be more interesting then 😉 Although you might find something for baby – they have some cute dresses 😉
So, I guess they haven’t brought in Peaccocks makeup either. Because some time in October when I was still in the UK, there were talks of Peacocks coming up with their own makeup line.
Nope no sign of makeup. Don’t recall seeing it on the website either. Personally I wouldn’t be quite excited about their cosmetics. Judging by prices we’d be seeing quite cheap stuff and judging by the quality of clothing I doubt it’d be very high quality cosmetics. Still who knows, perhaps they’d surprise us. 🙂
the electronics store moved to the LGF at Bangsar Village 1 (where FOS used to be), so it’s still there, just a different location 😉
Thanks for the heads up! 😀