Now, Kuala Lumpur can further propel its prominence as the region’s preferred luxury shopping destination with the grand arrivée of Louis Vuitton’s global store at the Starhill Gallery.
But prior to my private tour around the store, we - that’s me, Ms Jasmine Kamal and Ms Azwin from Louis Vuitton Malaysia – made a pit stop at the Indulge Floor of the Gallery where the exhibition takes place.
Known as “The League of Extraordinary Women”, the exhibition showcases portraits of eight iconic Malaysian women whose passion and influence in their respective fields transcend space and time.
The women – K.D.Y.T.M Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Azizah Sultan Iskandar, actress Michelle Yeoh, activist Marina Mahathir, Dr Jemilah Mahmood, songstress Sheila Majid, fashion designer Tom Abang Saufi, squash star Nicol David and supermodel Ling Tan – were chosen for their achievements, work and determination that brought them to international light, subsequently making Malaysia proud.
Here, you could marvel at the magnificent work of art entitled “BeLieVe”, a painting by Malaysian artist Ivan Lam that is exclusively commissioned by Louis Vuitton.
Available at selected global stores, the haute maroquinerie service allows customers to create their own city bags. There are eight types of leather, 26 colours and two fnishes available for customers to choose from.
Samples of materials and hardware were kept in a small drawer and the price of the bags will be determined by the silhouette of the bag – Lockit, Noe, Neo Steamer, Triangle and the new Milaris - as well as the type of leather and hardware used. All haute maroquinerie orders will be made at the house’s historical workshop in Asnieres.
Another artwork that you will not miss in this private salon is a paravent covered in hand painted wallpaper by New York artist Yolande Batteau.
Post VIP room, we made our way to the Ready-to-Wear and shoes area where, I have no qualms that if Carrie Bradshaw happens to be in town and drops by the global store for her Louis Vuitton fix, she will be screaming with delight, clamouring that she just got hit by a passing limo and was sent straight to fashion heaven!
Or better still, she might ask Mr Big to move to Malaysia for good and settle down in the global store instead of a decent penthouse, which is just across the road at the Pavilion Residence.
The sneakers are eye-catching while the patent leather brogues are lustrous; tempting enough to make any shoe lover like me to slip in and swipe the plastic.
Shoes aside, I couldn’t help it but to run my fingers on the dainty ready-to-wear collections. Perching high on my mental to-get list are the polo shirt and the ombre printed shirt. The jeans are nice too, though.
What’s more, there’s also a leather sandbag with boxing gloves crafted by the artisans of Louis Vuitton. Other spaces that you should not miss within this vast store are the watches and jewellery, accessories, leather goods and travel room.