When you are young, it is a very common occurrence to be asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?". The usual answer, especially in this part of the world, is either a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer. Well that's not the case with Josh Lee, a Penang-born fragrance designer who has held this ambition close to his heart since a very young age.
t's not everyday that you get to meet someone so absolutely passionate about her ethics and proud of her roots, that's what I thought when I met Francisca Turner Shaik, the Founder and Creative Director of Frankitas, a modern Malaysian ethical fashion brand that designs and produces boho-chic handbags, stylish home accessories and more.
I had met Franki many years ago at a HALAL certification conference, back when I was still working as a consultant in public relations and marketing, and even then I was struck by her friendly and warm demeanor. Fast forward to 2016 and here she is, the proud owner of Frankitas and doing extremely well with her unique ethnic-chic handbags and home accessory line. So Batik&Bubbles curious as ever, went along to interview Franki at her bright and cheery showroom in a quiet leafy neighbourhood in Damansara Heights, to ask her on how she came upon this amazing journey .
One day when I was talking to my friend Nelly Navin, I was surprised to learn that apart from having a full-time job as a lawyer, she also co-owns a kids fashion label with her sister, Natasha, called Kooshboo. Intrigued to hear that all their clothes are made and designed here in Malaysia, I was curious to learn more about their story and how they started off their business to where it stands today. Nelly then arranged for me to meet with her sister, Natasha, who is the CEO and founder of the company and basically runs the show at Kooshboo.
So one breezy morning, Yiga and I headed over to their office in the green hills of Ampang to have an informal chat with Natasha.
I am on always on the look out for beautiful and interesting handicrafts and souvenirs to collect or bring as gifts when visiting family and friends overseas. Apart from places on the beaten path like Central Market or Petaling Street, it makes a refreshing change to find new venues where one can find such intriguing items.
When I heard about the Hari Kraf Kebangsaan 2016 , an annual festival happening at Kompleks Kraf in Jalan Conlay, I leapt at the chance to visit, as it is a rare opportunity to view some of Malaysia's best handicrafts under one roof.