Post Written By Amir
I got few emails asking of where they should check-in for a good pair of raw denim while they were in Malaysia – and I replied to them without hesitation a link to Ceremony Fine Wear and Cheese Denim through Facebook.
Don’t get me wrong, these two are not the only denim brand available here in Malaysia, we do have some others but being that I personally known these two, and the credibility that their brand carries, I believe I’m recommending something good here.
With its heart pinned to the right path, Ceremony Fine Wear is one of the most respectable brands to come out of Malaysia. The fabric is sourced from Collect Co Ltd (Japan), Isko (Turkey) and Cone Mills (USA), some of the best mills in the world. They cut and sew their product exclusively in their studio, showroom and store combined, which is known as The Smokestack Provision Co. Do visit them, if you are lucky enough, you can see how they produce their jeans in the studio.
Cheese Denim on the other hand is a very productive label around here. During a recent phone call with the owner, I was informed that Cheese Denim Works will have its own mimosa back pocket tab on their next production. They mostly used Kaihara Japanese denim in the production of their selvedge line. The owner also runs a shop called The Yard.
Another long run denim brand is Tarik Jeans. Their product is mostly non-selvedge but they do have one or two selvedge models in the product line. Their entire Tarik Jeans’ product are available at Nusantara Denim, which also owned by the Tarik Jeans founder. They carry a good variety of jeans and leather product from Indonesia and Thailand.
A new brand in the local market is Royale Works Limited. Armed with only two products at this moment, the DB01AT raw selvedge jeans and RB01AM hand print tshirt, this brand had shown a positive growth in the acceptance of denim’s market segment. No back patch, no arcurate, plain button and rivet; everything just clean and simple leaving the minimalist look to the people who wear it. I owe a big thanks to the brand for sponsoring me with their DB01AT to be used for the local fade contest Mydenim Fade 14. Their product was exclusively available online from http://bit.ly/royaleworkslimited
If you are already tired with what was available through Rakuten, you should give our local denim a try. On the quickest note: I’ve also learnt that Fuku Clothing has come out with a new model of selvedge jeans recently but I didn’t have the opportunity to check them out yet. Fuku is a part of Scythe, an established denim shop here in Malaysia. Raw Denim House is another new denim artisan that is currently perfecting their own cut. I saw some pictures of their prototypes and its looks promising. If you want to hem your jeans, do visit Emam Alteration. The shop offers hemming service using Union Special 43200G. Secret Art Touch also offer hemming and alteration service using Union Special.
Below is the list of some of the stores here in Malaysia and they are also an official reseller for brand like Nudie Jeans, Momotaro, Naked and Famous and also Iron Heart, if you are somewhere in Kuala Lumpur do check these shops. If you have a limited time, I suggest the first two shops from the list, they are very
knowledgeable not only about their product, but can give you an insight of what was happening in the local denim scene as well.
The Yard / Cheese Denim: 60A-1 1st Floor (Back Entrance) SS15/4 Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
The Smokestack Provision Co. / Ceremony Fine Wear: #26-1, Jalan Wangsa Niaga, Wangsa Biz Avenue, Off Jalan 34/26, Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Nusantara Denim / Tarik Jeans: 26,Jalan SS15/8B,47500 Subang Jaya,Selangor, Malaysia.
Kronoz: Parkamaya, Fahrenheit88, 55100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Scythe / Fuku Clothing: 1-03, Level 1, e@Curve, Mutiara Damansara, Selangor, Malaysia.
Raizo Store: Lot FF45 level 1, Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall, Jalan Persiaran Putra, 07000, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.
Secret Art Touch: TF 01A, Tingkat 3 (Plaza Bukit Bintang), Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Zolo Collection: Campbell Complex, Jalan Dang Wangi, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Underground Street: S033 2nd Floor, Sungai Wang Plaza, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
On the other side of news, recently, Mydenim, (a local forum for denim enthusiast) had released its collaboration jeans, Iron Heart x Mydenim x Kronoz. The jeans were limited to only 100 pieces using 19oz left hand twill denim with individual pair being hand numbered. The production of this jean involved countless amounts of hard work and effort from every side, Mydenim comes with the idea and proposal of how the jeans will look like and Kronoz, being the official retailer of Iron Heart here in Malaysia, has brought this to the further discussion with Iron Heart camp. In July 2014, this special pair of Mydenim first international collaboration jeans (second collaboration in total, first one with local brand Cheese Denim Works) was available in the market. I must say that this collaboration marks a new milestone in the local denim scene!! The jeans still available from Kronoz, but being very limited, it is sure to run out fast, so hurry!
So should you find yourself in Malaysia you already know where you should ask the taxi driver to bring you to, especially in Kuala Lumpur. Do visit all the shops on the list and if you like the items which they are selling do buy them, especially the local made. It helps to grow the business and at the same time you are supporting the new brand to expand for a better quality in the future.