Goodness me! Beauty and fashionistas in Malaysia have been so spoilt recently with the introduction of so many new and popular beauty and fashion brands, I’m so afraid to wake up and find out it’s a dream LOL Pinch me!
On second thoughts, don’t pinch me. I bruise easily.
The newest brand I’m aware of to enter our market is UK fashion brand, Cath Kidston. Any fans in the house? :D
Cath Kidston is most famous for her vintage designs or what they call “Modern Vintage”, being the use of vintage English heritage prints on modern items. The most popular print that is easily identified with Cath Kidston is the rose, which was one of her earliest designs.
I hestitate to peg Cath Kidston as just fashion because aside from bags and pouches (I honestly thought that was all there is!) there are many household items too, if you’re into that sort of design. I personally am not into the vintage or shabby chic look, but I can’t deny feeling a bit of nostalgia looking at the prints. I can just see the apron hanging from the door of a white kitchen cabinet in the traditional English style, a tea pot on the table, biscuits on the side…
So let me take you on a quick tour of what is supposed to be the region’s largest Cath Kidston store for now, previously housed in MidValley Megamall, KL :) Update 2016: The Cath Kidston store at Mid Valley Megamall is now closed.
The 110sqm Cath Kidston store here in KL houses quite a good variety of items ranging from the popular canvas and oilcloth bags and totes, to household items, a small selection of clothes and an adorable collection for children and babies! Were I to have nieces, Aunt PB would have decked them out in CK finery :D Lucky for my wallet, little boys don’t look quite as cute in floral pieces LOL!
As I said, I’m not a huge fan of the floral vintage print but I do like the fresh, timeless polkadot designs on Cath Kidston accessories. These are a selection of some of the popular bags and totes in the brand. The Large Zip Bag (RM199) in floral print that you see is a very handy piece to have. It is rather wide and I can see it doing well as an airplane carry on or overnighter or to carry extra stuff because it’s quite hardy and large. Zips up nicely, slings over the shoulder and also comes in polka dot print.
I own a Cath Kidston travel foldaway bag which is brilliant! Folds up into it’s own pouch which you can use separately, is huge and serves as my spare travel bag. Not crazy about the new lightweight fabric though. Mine is a thick hardy material.
Students might be happy to know that you get 10% discount which is something I like. I have noticed these privileges for students and I think it’s great because it’s part of the fun (and privilege) of being a student! I used to make use of my NUS discounts all the time and it’s nice to see it finally happening here too. Better late than never eh? ;)
For accessories, there are pouches, wristlets, phone pouches, phone covers (iPhone only though) and iPad/laptop sleeves amongst others. I was personally very taken with that blue polka dot messenger bag that you see in the lower left picture. It’s adorable and comes in 2 sizes.
This Mushroom Teapot is part of a new range of mushroom designed chinaware. They’re so adorable right? It’s a pity I don’t drink tea or I’d have snaffled this one. I could just picture little fairies hiding under the toadstools.
I’ve only been into one other Cath Kidston store, which was the one in CentralWorld, Bangkok. From my vague recollection, prices locally are competitive or even lower than what I saw in Bangkok. I’m not 100% certain of course. There is a slight mark up from prices in the UK which is something to be expected.
Even if the whimsical, quirky designs aren’t your cup of tea, I suggest taking a browse through the Cath Kidston store simply because it feels like you’re walking around in someone’s (cluttered) home. It’s got an organized cluttered feel that I love, almost like browsing through a little vintage store. And you just never know what you might pick up.
Are you a fan of Cath Kidston?
I’m not really into the vintage, whimsical look but I can’t deny that some items really caught my eye, especially in the polkadot print. I love polka dots! :D
Other Cath Kidston Stores in Malaysia: Find them here