I love shopping but with what we have in our fashion scene in Kuching, my choices are limited to a few boutiques and your conventional high street stores like H&M and Cotton On. With that said, I like to do my shopping online but, the risks I would have to face with online shopping is the clothes being not true to size. A lot of times, it’s really nicer to have the ability to try things on before you pay for them because you never know, the clothing piece you’re interested in might not fit you very well or you might not like how you like it on you. I know I’ve experienced that too many times before.
Lucky for us Kuchingites, the Triga showcase was held at INDAH Cafe & Gallery, Uptown China Street, Kuching to put local designs on display and let you play around with what you see online.
Triga is a trio of local Sarawakian fashion designers who wanted to take the Kuching fashion scene to a whole new level. When they thought of Triga, they just wanted to collaborate and gather fashion designers from all around Kuching to celebrate fashion. They were inspired by the fashion scene in Kuala Lumpur since fashion showcases and collaborations between designers are common practices in the concrete jungle.
The trio are Dewi Mastuli Khalid (left), founder of Mastuli Khalid, Abdul Hafiz Zainalabidin, founder of Batekamek and Siti Jaquita Jakataruna, founder of Raden by Jaquita.
Mastuli Khalid is a fashion brand that started on FashionValet. It brings a chic, structured, minimalist and a bit of an edgy feel to womenswear. Since Dewi Khalid wears the hijab, she wanted the clothes that she curates are loose and modest enough for fashionable hijabis. The fashion brand has two collections out so far. Their first collection was more vibrant with red and bright blue colors, structured designs and overall very edgy and chic.
With the second collection, they went monochrome and made everything a bit more feminine with softer silhouettes but still had some boxy designs.
Batekamek is a menswear, focusing on Southeast Asian batik with plans on expanding to other parts of the world. Abdul Hafiz carefully handpicks all of the designs and prints himself by travelling all the way to Indonesia and Thailand, including some Malaysian batik as well.
The design he curates are more vibrant, masculine and eye-catching but with his second collection, which he debuted at the showcase, he went with some brown tones with a pop of colour from the batik print. He wants batik wear in general to be more casual and considered suitable as an everyday wear than a more formal attire like it is now.
Raden by Jaquita also carries batik designs but focusing more on womenswear and with more contemporary and mixed prints.
Her collection is obviously more feminine with a lot of pastels and wearable colours and a variety of beautiful batik skirts, which had everyone’s eyes at the event. Just like Batekamek, Jaquita just wants batik to be an everyday attire because it’s such a shame to let all that beautiful hand-printed designs collect dust in your wardrobe.
The showcase was started to motivate and inspire other designers and aspiring designers to come out and become more active in the local fashion scene. It’s also a good way to expose the brands, allow their customers to see the clothes up close and try it on and basically provide a larger platform for designers to express themselves and show their talent to the society.
INDAH Cafe was a great venue in my opinion and it was easily their first choice. INDAH is a cafe, gallery, homestay and event space that supports young and local artists. In the cafe itself, they have an excellent display of some of the art that was done by some local artists and one of them even works at the cafe.
They also have handmade notebooks and knick knacks available for purchase and some are even for charity. Plus, they have really great and affordable coffee (RM8 for a cafe latte!).
After two months of preparations for this showcase, they definitely did not let their sweat go to waste. The turn-up at the event was beyond words, people were coming and going, sitting and enjoying some of the refreshments.
Fellow designers from Cosry Kuching and Yang Emirra were also there to give their full support.
I hardly saw anyone leaving without buying something so that said a lot about the showcase and the trio are already planning for their second showcase.
I had a really great time at the showcase and the designs are incredibly beautiful and well thought out. If you missed the showcase, do not worry because all three brands are available online, whether pre-order or ready stock.
www.fashionvalet.com | FABSPY Midvalley | Odd Haus Kuching
Instagram : @mastulikhalid
Instagram : @batekamek
Instagram : @radenbyjaquita
Talk again soon,
This post is a rewrite after this blog got deleted on November 5th, 2015