I love reading, especially biographies! Recently, I came across three Malaysian books that have truly impressed me. All three are different in their own way, but each has a special focus that I think any Malaysian can relate to. They also make fabulous gifts for friends, even those who live outside Malaysia, as the books give readers a wonderful insight into Malaysia from various perspectives.
The Rise Of Malaysian Designers
Why I like this book:
When I heard that FashionValet was releasing a book, I thought founder Vivy Yusof was writing her biography. But alas, she announced instead the release of The Rise of Malaysian Designers, a 300-page hardcover book featuring local designer who have been making their mark in the fashion industry in recent years. Designers featured are, Afiq M, aere, Alia Bastamam, Arared, Cala Qisya, dUCk, Fizi Woo, FZK by Fitri Zainal, INNAIRED, Khoon Hooi, Laguna Sydney, Locka, Love To Dress (now known as Olloum), Mimpikita, Nurita Harith, Poplook, Rizman Ruzaini, Syaiful Baharim, THAVIA, and Tudung People.
Why did they do it? It was to give the designers another platform to reach the masses, and to tell the story of how they got to where they are now, things you did not know about them, secrets, personal anecdotes and more.
What I found interesting about this book was the stories it told. Looking into the struggles of each designer and how they built their brands was truly inspiring. Although many still have a long way to go, these local designers have worked hard in making their dreams come true and that, in itself, is passion personified.